Pop focus: The Monkees meet the Beatles!

Here's an assortment of photos from occasions when members of the Fab and Pre-Fab Four met up - mostly from the 1960s when both groups were at their height.

When the Beatles started to get a bit weird with drugs, psychedelia and Eastern philosophy in the mid-1960s, the Monkees came along on TV, offering younger kids a "Help!" and "Hard Day's Night" influenced version of a fun and friendly rock'n'roll band to idolize. And they turned out some great music.

Though obviously aware the group originated as a rip-off of their younger selves, the Beatles were publicly friendly and supportive of the band:

“The Monkees are still finding out who they are, and they seem to be improving as performers each time I see them. When they’ve got it all sorted out, they may be the greatest.”- George Harrison. 
“I like their music a lot…and you know, their personalities. I watch their tv show and it is good.”- Paul McCartney. 
“They’re not really just copies of us, now, are they? The Monkees have a fine way of their own, you know?”- Ringo Starr. 
“Monkees? They’ve got their own scene, and I won’t send them down for it. You try a weekly television show and see if you can manage one half as good!”- John Lennon.

John Lennon vinyl box set and single LPs on the way - preview and pre-order here

Here's a teaser video and press release for the Lennon boxed vinyl collection out June 8.

John Lennon's eight remastered solo albums are gathered for Lennon, the 8LP boxed collection on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl with authentically replicated original artwork 

Out on 8th June, Lennon is the first collection of John Lennon's solo albums to be released on vinyl, and the eight LP's will also be available to buy individually from 21st August.

The Music: All eight John Lennon studio albums were remastered in 2010 from the original analogue tapes by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers from Abbey Road Studios in London and Avatar Studios in New York.

Each new Vinyl Master has been cut from the 24-96 HD Digital Masters by Sean Magee at the world renowned Abbey Road Studios.
The LPs are cut on heavyweight 180g audiophile vinyl and manufactured for the world by Optimal Media in Germany.

The Artwork: Each of the LPs within LENNON is an authentic reproduction of its original UK pressing, faithfully replicated to the smallest detail In keeping with the original album artwork:
  • Imagine contains reproductions of its two postcards, poster and inner sleeve. Some Time In New York City includes reproductions of its original postcard and inner sleeves.
  • Walls and Bridges includes its sleeve with two fold-over flaps, an eight-page booklet and inner sleeve.
  • Mind Games, Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey also include faithful reproductions of their original inner sleeves.
All brought together in an exquisite rigid slipcase box.

 Lennon (8 LP Signature Box Set)

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band


 Some Time In New York City

Mind Games

Walls and Bridges

Rock 'n' Roll

Double Fantasy

Milk and Honey