"Alvin," a nursery rhyme composed by Peter's brothers Chris and Nick, was recorded a capella by Peter during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees in January 1968. The track, according to Andrew Sandoval's liner notes for the 2010 deluxe edition of the album, was originally slated to appear on the LP until it was removed from the finished master at the last minute for reasons unknown. Peter also told Sandoval that he and Stephen Stills once performed "Alvin" a capella at a Buffalo Springfield concert. During this past weekend's concerts with Micky, Peter revived "Alvin" during his solo segment in the show.
Just like the similarly-minded "Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky" acted as a segue into "Pleasant Valley Sunday" on Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., "Alvin" was set to perform the same function on the Birds album with its placement before "Daydream Believer." Here is the original track listing for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees when it was first compiled in March 1968:
Side 1: Through The Looking Glass We Were Made For Each Other Writing Wrongs I'll Be Back Up On My Feet Valleri Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
Side 2: Dream World P.O. Box 9847 Tapioca Tundra The Poster Alvin Daydream Believer Zor and Zam
The running order was later reconfigured, and "Alvin" became one of the songs that was cut. It wouldn't be officially released until the 1994 Rhino compact disc version of the Birds album.
Despite being a relatively obscure piece in the Monkees catalog, "Alvin" gets a lot of love from various YouTubers:
"Our 50th anniversary next year, can you believe it? I didn’t think I would live to be 50 myself. The 50th anniversary is quite astounding." Peter said he is planning to celebrate with a 'very concentrated' worldwide tour. He said: "We want to do a lot of that and hit ‘em hard and fast. I want to do this. I would love to do it."
"I expect to do a wonderful job on the 50th. We’re just warming up for it now, really," he joked.