In 1994, Rhino Records began issuing the original Monkees albums on compact disc, digitally remastered with bonus tracks. The Monkees Present was part of the second wave of the campaign, released on November 15, 1994, along with More Of The Monkees and Head. The package featured liner notes written by Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval.
The Monkees Present was originally intended to be a double album with color artwork, but for various reasons that plan was shelved. The '94 CD reissue featured a colorized cover, and a previous blog post examined why the color artwork was ultimately scrapped.
In 2013, The Monkees Present was once again reissued, this time by Rhino Handmade as a 3-CD box set.
7a Records co-founder Iain Lee has delivered the scoop to The Monkees Live Almanac regarding their first ever Michael Nesmith-related release!
Michael Nesmith at the BBC Paris Theatre will be issued as a limited edition 12" vinyl picture disc and as a CD digipak. The compact disc version will be accompanied by a 12-page booklet that includes a rare 1975 interview with Michael, an essay by Iain, and an interview with Dave Pegg from the Fairport Convention, who played with Nez in the past.
Recorded in London on November 27, 1975, the concert had been tucked away in the archives of the BBC until 7a licensed the master tapes, which have been digitally remastered. Nesmith has approved its release, too. The album features Nez performing alone with his guitar, singing First National Band-era songs along with cuts from his then upcoming LP, The Prison. Here is the complete track listing:
Silver Moon (5:11)
Some of Shelly's Blues (4:18)
Dance Between the Raindrops (8:35)
Marie's Theme (7:10)
Closing Theme (Lampost) (4:51)
At The BBC Theatre will arrive on September 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom and a week later in the United States. Pre-order links are available below.
A big thank you to Iain and his partner at 7a, Glenn Gretlund, for sharing these details with the Live Almanac. Don't forget to follow 7a Records on Facebook and Twitter. You can read more about 7a's past releases in the archives of The Monkees Live Almanac.
Last week, Ben Belmares was kind enough to share his scans of the recently released Summer of Love vinyl collection. Today he provided the Live Almanac with images from the CD package. Thanks again, Ben!
As previously reported, Summer of Love, advertised as a collection highlighting the psychedelic side of The Monkees, will be released on July 18, 2017. It will be available on both Red/White Splatter Vinyl and Compact Disc. Rhino Records issued an official press release to announce the compilation.
Here's the track listing for the LP and CD, both of which are slated (at least initially) to be a brick & mortar retail exclusive:
Reaction to the Summer of Love compilation from the Monkees fan community has been mixed, with a sizable portion taking issue with certain songs ("She" and "Saturday's Child," in particular) being selected to represent the group's "psychedelic" output in lieu of other options, such as "Daily Nightly," "The Door Into Summer," "Do I Have To Do This All Over Again," "Auntie's Municipal Court," etc. Rhino's John Hughes commented on Facebook about the track listing:
"This [the Summer of Love compilation] was meant to satisfy a few different masters - a marketing focus on 1967 specifically, leaning towards the psychedelic side to make it somewhat unique from other comps,
but it had to have enough 'familiar' songs for the casual fan. We did our best."
7a Records recently announced their next project, Listen to the Bands, a CD and digital release that features songs from The Monkees' catalog as performed by a variety of bands and artists. Coming soon, all proceeds will benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Check out the selections and performers below, which includes The Wayne Avers Group (Wayne has acted as The Monkees' touring guitarist and musical director since 1996), The Characters, and Deep End (who worked with beloved former Monkees producer Chip Douglas). Live Almanac contributors Joe Alterio and Scott Erickson will also be spotlighted. Congratulations to everyone!
1. Listen To The Band – The Unswept
2. She – The Flashcubes
3. (Look Out) Here Comes Tomorrow – The Characters
4. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone – Rich & Nico
5. The Girl I Knew Somewhere – Gary Owen
6. You And I – WORDS
7. If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again – Scott Parker
8. What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round – Bradley James Skistimas
9. For Pete’s Sake – The Wayne Avers Group
10. Love To Love – Michael Lynch
11. Me & Magdalena - Lynsey Moon & The Somethings
12. Gotta Give It Time – Freddy And The Four Gone Conclusions
13. Porpoise Song – Lazy Flies
14. As We Go Along - John Montagna
15. The Door Into Summer - Deep End With Chip Douglas
16. Pleasant Valley Sunday - Glowbox
17. The Crippled Lion - The Roundups feat. Joe Alterio
18. Lady’s Baby – Scott Erickson
19. Through The Looking Glass - Joe Kane's Radiophonic Tuckshop & The Martial Art
20. Alternate Title - The Balcony Shirts Band
21. P.O. Box 9847 - The Sleestacks
22. Auntie’s Municipal Court - What Is Kind
23. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - Dan Carasco
24. The Day We Fall In Love - The Dredge/Hibbett Conunundrum
25. Listen To The Band - Nude Furniture
Stu Phillips is a composer of film scores and television series theme music, as well as being a conductor and record producer. In addition to composing and conducting the background music heard on The Monkees' TV show, Stu is also responsible for the themes to 1980s shows like Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica.
Stu Phillips Presents: The Monkees Songbook Played By The Golden Gate will be released on compact disc by the label Varese Sarabande on April 28, 2017. The Live Almanac highlighted this album, originally issued in 1967, in a blog post a couple of years ago. It's already available for downloading on iTunes, and you can pre-order it from Amazon.
Thanks to Scott Nelson for the heads-up on this release!
This compact disc and digital download doesn't have a release date scheduled yet, but all proceeds will benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Stay tuned to the Live Almanac for further updates!
This collection is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017, and you can pre-order it from Amazon. It will also be available as a digital download.
The Second Disc: Different Drum: Michael Nesmith’s “Infinite Tuesday” Offers Soundtrack to His Autobiography
Revisiting the Past was released on the City Lights label back in October. Seemingly aimed at cashing in on The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, the 10-track CD (also available for download on iTunes) features interview clips with both Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork from 1987. The source of the interviews is unknown to me. (The liner notes may provide more information, but I have yet to purchase the disc.)
The collection is a time period piece for sure, with Micky talking about the Monkee movie that ultimately never got made in the '80s, and Peter hoping "Gettin' In" would become a single off the Pool It! album.
Thanks to Mike for reminding me about this release!
UPDATE 12/30/16: The entire Revisiting the Past audio is now posted on The Monkees' official YouTube channel:
A live recording of a Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart show, Concert in Japan (recorded on July 20, 1976 at Yubin Chokin Hall in Tokyo, Japan), was released as a vinyl LP set in Japan in 1981. At the time, the live album was never given a formal release in the United States or elsewhere. A big thanks to Ben Belmares for sharing his photos of the original Japanese LP:
Concert in Japan was finally issued on compact disc in the United States in 1996 during The Monkees' 30th Anniversary, featuring liner notes by Monkees archivist and producer Andrew Sandoval. Once again, Ben Belmares was kind enough to save me the time of scanning my copy of the CD and provided everything below:
Last summer, 7a Records released the very first official collection of Micky Dolenz's early 1970s singles on vinyl and later as a digital download. And now here's an exclusive look at their next project - The MGM Collection on compact disc, along with a plethora of bonus tracks! Look for it this October, and you can pre-order via Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Thanks a lot to Iain Lee of 7a for passing along the press release to the Live Almanac.
A few notes on the bonus tracks:
In 1979, Chrysalis Records in the UK released "Love Light"/"Alicia" as a single there. According to The Monkees: A Manufactured Image, the first 1,000 copies were pressed with a picture sleeve. The B-side is a Dolenz original.
Micky toured Japan in January 1982. The Monkees had experienced a massive revival there when "Daydream Believer" was used in a television commercial in 1980. "To Be Or Not To Be" was released as a single in Japan to coincide with the tour, and was backed by Micky's own "Beverly Hills."
Earlier this year, two long lost Dolenz solo tracks, "Chance of a Lifetime" and "Livin' On Lies," were issued as a 7" vinyl single on Record Store Day exclusively in the UK. A limited edition release in the US quickly followed.
"Porpoise Song," "Good Morning Good Morning," "Crying in the Rain," and "Randy Scouse Git" were performed by Micky, Christian Nesmith, Circe Link, and company during a special 2015 online concert event. A limited edition vinyl EP arrived in July.
This is a (seemingly) rare 1997 CD compilation released on Bellaphon Records in the European Union. Scott Catton submitted the scans below of his personal copy. We both recalled seeing it at our local Borders in the late '90s, and for me, the cover (featuring a scene from the second season episode "Some Like It Lukewarm") always stood out. But for one reason or another, I never picked it up. Scott reports there is no booklet inside, just a 4-page insert with the song listings. Speaking of, this collection features an eclectic track selection, which is quite heavy on The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees era.
Thanks to Michelle Weinstock who found this item on Amazon entitled Revisiting the Past, scheduled for release on October 16, 2016:
No further information is available at the moment about this compact disc. Stay tuned, and thanks, Michelle, for the heads up!