Pool It!, issued in 1987 by Rhino Records, is the tenth studio release by The Monkees. It was the first "reunion album" by the band after their 1986 rebirth, and it marked the return of Peter Tork along with Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. Michael Nesmith did not participate.
Much like the group's early work, the playing and writing of the album was handled in large part by session musicians, with the Monkees themselves contributing lead vocals and some instrumentation, namely Peter Tork on his own song "Gettin' In".
The album was not a particular commercial or critical success; it only reached No. 72 on the Billboard 200. Only one single from the album, "Heart and Soul," managed to make Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 87. The follow-up single, a remixed version of "Every Step of the Way", failed to chart.
The book The Monkees Tale by Eric Lefcowitz claims Pool It! and the two singles relating to it were recorded by "Dolenz, Tork & Jones" vs. "the Monkees". However, the billing on the LP itself is "Peter, Micky, Davy — The Monkees".
A deluxe version of this album was released on April 24, 2012 by Friday Music. Along with the original tracks, this version included a live cut of Peter Tork's "MGBGT" (the B-side to "Heart and Soul") and the remixed single track of "Every Step of the Way". On a separate disk, Friday Music included a DVD of the "Heart & Soul" Videography, featuring the videos for "Heart & Soul" and "Every Step of the Way", along with interviews and more.
The album cover was featured in Pitchfork Media's list of "The Worst Record Covers of All Time".
Two promotional music videos were produced for Pool It! The first was for "Heart and Soul". The video begins in an ice factory in 1967 with the song "Last Train to Clarksville" playing in the background. Inside the ice factory, Davy, Micky and Peter are found frozen in blocks of ice and wearing their outfits from the Monkees television show. The video fast-forwards to 1987 where the three Monkees are thawed and learn how much has changed since the late 1960s. They try to land work as musicians, but end up washing dishes.
The second video produced was for "Every Step of the Way".Side 1
†Alternate version with Jones extra vocal interlude included on the 1991 Listen to the Band box set.Mark Christian - guitar
Davey Faragher, George Hawkins - bass
Curly Smith - drums
Mike Egizi - keyboards
Craig Ostbo, Roger Bechirian - percussion
Matt Harris - background vocals
Andy Cahan - keyboards