Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the recording of "Your Auntie Grizelda, " Peter Tork's lone showcase on The Monkees' second album, More of The Monkees. The song was recorded at American Recording Company on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, California on October 14, 1966, and Andrew Sandoval wrote about the session (which also included work on "Hold on Girl") in his book, The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation:
Ann Moses was the editor of Tiger Beat from 1966 – 1972, writing countless stories about The Monkees during their heyday. Ann also acted as Hollywood Correspondent to Britain's New Musical Express from 1968 - 1971. She has visited with The Monkees backstage during their most recent tours, and had the opportunity to interview Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval before Micky and Michael performed in Phoenix, Arizona last week. Andrew talks about The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, the current tour, and much more. Be sure to visit Ann on the web, too!
Brian Marchese over at Where's That Sound Coming From? has posted Part 2 of his discussion with Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval. Lots of interesting topics are covered, including a behind the scenes look at the recording of Good Times!, The Monkees and The Kinks, Michael Nesmith's guitar work on the new album, Micky Dolenz and Harry Nilsson, the potential for a Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. super deluxe edition, what's in Michael and Peter Tork's personal tape library, songs attempted at sound check during the lead-up to the 2012 and 2013 Monkees tours, and much more! Check out Part 1 if you missed it.
Thanks to Brian Marchese of Where's That Sound Coming From? for this brand new interview with Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval. Andrew talks extensively about his work on the new Monkees Blu-ray collection along with Rhino's packaging issues, how he got his start in the music business, working with Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter, and much more. Listen to Part 1 of 2 below:
"Love's What I Want" is a bonus track on the Japanese CD release of Good Times!, which hit shelves in Japan yesterday. Written by Andy Partridge and produced by Andrew Sandoval, the song will also be available as a 7" (b/w another bonus track, "A Better World") when purchasing Good Times! on vinyl at Barnes & Noble this August.
UPDATE 3:30pm EST: Peter Thomas (of Elvis Costello & The Attractions) played drums on "Love's What I Want," despite not being officially credited.
Per Andrew Sandoval, the recording studio listed is incorrect.
Last night, The Monkees completed the 20th show of their (ever expanding) 50th Anniversary Tour in Salt Lake City, Utah. Opening in Fort Myers, Florida on May 18, the tour traveled along the East Coast visiting such cities as Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York before moving north for a couple of dates in Canada. And then it was back to the States for stops in Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Louisville, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and more. Micky, Peter, the band, their staff, and crew will now enjoy an 11 day break before starting up again on June 28 in Dallas, Texas. Here's a photo from last evening's show in Salt Lake City:
Shortly after the tour commenced, The Monkees released their first new studio album since 1996, Good Times! Produced by Adam Schlesinger and featuring Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork (as well as Davy Jones, who is heard on the vault track "Love to Love"), it debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 (their best showing since 1968) and was greeted with near unanimous positive reviews and fanfare. Despite not being on the road, Nesmith has participated in multiple television, print, and radio interviews in an effort to promote the album, and even appeared "live" in New York City via Skype to sing "Papa Gene's Blues."
With the mini-break approaching, Monkees archivist and the producer of the tour, Andrew Sandoval, took a moment on Facebook to spotlight all of those involved:
Andrew on Nez joining the current Monkees tour: "He is very, very interested in coming out with The Monkees and performing maybe more than one show..."
"Love's What I Want," written by Andy Partridge and featuring Bobby Hart on Vox organ, was produced by Andrew Sandoval during sessions for Good Times! It will be included as a bonus track on the Japanese CD release of the new album, and will also be available as a 7" (b/w "A Better World") when purchasing Good Times! on vinyl at Barnes & Noble this August.
After the show, Andrew Sandoval discussed the evening's events on Facebook:
Peter Tork sings "A Better World," which is an exclusive CD bonus song on The Monkees' new album available only at f.y.e. retail outlets and online. Written by Peter's brother, Nick, the song was produced by Andrew Sandoval. "A Better World" is also the b-side to another exclusive, a 7" single that accompanies vinyl purchases of Good Times! at Barnes and Noble. Two members of Peter's band Shoe Suede Blues, Joe Boyle and Sturgis Cunningham, play on the track.
John Billings has been the bass player in The Monkees' touring band since 2012. He recently shared some photos on Facebook from The Monkees' current swing through Florida.
Andrew will be talking about The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour, set list surprises, and more!