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!
A brand new career-spanning collection of Monkees music will be issued on August 26 by Rhino Records. Entitled The Monkees 50 and spread over 3 CDs, the track listing includes songs from The Monkees' 1960s heyday, the 1980s reunion singles, both "Regional Girl" and "You and I" from Justus, along with "She Makes Me Laugh" and "You Bring the Summer," the first two singles from The Monkees' new album, Good Times! What does everyone think of the selections?
UPDATE: The original track listing only included 49 tracks. John Hughes of Rhino Records has now confirmed that the 50th track will be 1986's "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere."
1. (Theme From) The Monkees
2. Last Train To Clarksville
3. Take A Giant Step
4. Papa Gene's Blues
5. I'm a Believer
6. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone [2006 Remastered]
7. She (2006 Remastered)
8. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Stereo Remix)
9. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
10. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) [2006 Remastered]
11. Mary, Mary (2006 Remastered)
12. Sometime In The Morning (2006 Remastered)
13. Randy Scouse Git (2007 Remastered Version)
14. You Told Me (2007 Remastered Version)
15. Shades Of Gray (2007 Remastered Version)
16. For Pete's Sake (Closing Theme) [2007 Remastered Version]
1. Pleasant Valley Sunday
2. Cuddly Toy (2007 Remastered Version)
3. Words (2007 Remastered Version)
4. Love Is Only Sleeping (2007 Remastered Version)
5. Daydream Believer
6. Goin' Down
8. Tapioca Tundra
9. P.O. Box 9847
10. Auntie's Municipal Court
11. D.W. Washburn (1968 Stereo Mix)
12. It's Nice To Be With You (1968 Stereo Mix)
13. Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")
14. As We Go Along
15. Circle Sky (Live)
1. Tear Drop City
2. A Man Without A Dream
3. You And I
4. Listen To The Band
5. Someday Man
6. Good Clean Fun
7. Mommy And Daddy
8. French Song
9. Oh My My (2015 Remastered)
10. I Love You Better (2015 Remastered)
11. That Was Then, This Is Now
12. Heart And Soul
13. MGBGT (Live)
14. Every Step Of The Way
15. You And I
16. Regional Girl
17. You Bring the Summer
18. She Makes Me Laugh
A brand new Monkees hits collection dubbed Forever will be made available from Rhino Records on both compact disc and vinyl, with a scheduled release date of August 26. Rhino's John Hughes explained on Facebook that this item is "very much for the super casual fan/discovery."
Here is the track listing:
1. I'm A Believer
3. You Just May Be The One (TV Version)
4. That Was Then, This Is Now
5. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
6. Pleasant Valley Sunday
7. Daydream Believer
8. Last Train To Clarksville
9. She Makes Me Laugh
10. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
11. Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")
12. Heart And Soul
14. Goin' Down
In 1994 and 1995, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz performed a series of concerts dubbed Together Again that preceded The Monkees' 1996 reunion. The duo's performance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1994 was aired on 94.5 WWSW-FM. That recording was later made available on cassette tape only and sold via the internet and at the Together Again shows.
Air Cut Records has now issued the complete radio special on compact disc in the United Kingdom, and it's available in the UK via Amazon and iTunes. (The set is currently not available as an import on either Amazon or iTunes in the United States.)
UPDATE 7/1/16: The Point compact disc is now arriving to customers from Amazon.com and other retailers.
ORIGINAL POST: 5/13/16:
In September 1977 (after the dissolution of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart), Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones traveled to England to begin rehearsals for their longtime friend Harry Nilsson's stage production of The Point. The show opened in London at the Mermaid Theatre on December 22, 1977. Davy played "Oblio," the hero, and Micky's part as "The Count's Kid" was created specifically so that both Jones and Dolenz could share the stage. An original cast album was released in the United Kingdom by MCA Records in January 1978. The Point closed in London on February 23, 1978.
And now, 29 years later, The Point will arrive on compact disc courtesy of Varese Vintage.
A single from the cast recording was also released by MCA (courtesy of JD at Monkee45s.net):
Today I received my copy of the Japanese CD release of Good Times! (complete with the obi strip). It includes the bonus track "Love's What I Want," written by Andy Partridge and produced by Andrew Sandoval.
The booklet inside the CD was the same as the one found in the U.S. release, but it was supplemented with a Japanese version, complete with lyrics in Japanese.
We know that the title track is in mono, but you'll see that the booklet denotes "Gotta Give It Time" as also being mono. Is that correct?
The Japanese CD package also includes the sticker sheet found in the U.S. release of the album:
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By the time The Monkees Present was released in October 1969, the group's commercial fortunes had dwindled. Their eighth LP, it peaked at a disappointing #100 on the Billboard charts. Original plans were more substantial than the product that was finally delivered. "It's going to be a double album," Micky said during an appearance on The Hy Lit Show in late 1968, "where we'll each have a side where we produce our own particular sounds, whatever." Peter Tork's subsequent departure, combined with The Monkees' steady drop in popularity, nixed those ideas.
When The Monkees Present hit record stores, the original double album concept had been pared down to a single disc. Even the cover art fell victim to the group's plummeting fame. Michael Nesmith recalled the change years later in a conversation with Andrew Sandoval. "The one that had the black and white cover done with Marks-A-Lot," said Nez when referring to Neko Cholis' sleeve design, "that was supposed to be in color. Apparently it was in color and they wouldn't do a color separation, because by that time we were, you know, as cold as yesterday's soup. Nobody would spend any money."
In 1994, The Monkees Present made its compact disc debut courtesy of Rhino Records. It was finally issued with a color cover, redrawn and designed by Lisa Sutton:
Here's the unused original color gatefold art for The Monkees Present. Like the color cover design, the gatefold style was not utilized when the LP was ultimately pressed.
The current Live Almanac poll (which can be found in the blog sidebar to the right) is asking fans to choose their favorite Monkees album cover. The Monkees Present is at the bottom of the barrel, garnering just 1.15% of the hundreds of votes cast at the time of this blog post.
Don't forget to vote!