On March 3, Friday Music issued a limited edition (gold) vinyl version of the soundtrack to The Monkees' 1968 feature film, Head, entitled Head Alternate. This release features alternate versions of songs that appeared on the original soundtrack, such as "Can You Dig It" with a lead vocal by Peter Tork, a remixed "Daddy’s Song" with the slow verse sung by Davy Jones as seen in the movie, alternate stereo mixes of "Porpoise Song," "As We Go Along," and "Circle Sky," and a rough mix acetate of "Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again." All of these alternate versions have been previously available on various CD releases by Rhino Records.
Once again, Ben Belmares delivers for The Monkees Live Almanac with his scans of this new release. Thanks, Ben!!
More information: HEAD-ALTERNATE (180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Gold Vinyl/Limited Anniversary Edition/ Gold Foil Cover)
Thanks to Scott Nelson for the heads-up!
PRE-ORDER: HEAD-ALTERNATE (180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Gold Vinyl/Limited Anniversary Edition/ Gold Foil Cover)
Thanks to BeatleStair at the Steve Hoffman Music Forums for these first-look photos of the recently released Monkees Mono Box Set from Friday Music. (Click photos to enlarge.)
Davy's 1971 LP for Bell Records finally made its compact disc debut in 2012. Released by Friday Music, the CD included the original album along with a variety of bonus tracks (including "I'll Believe In You," a stand-alone single issued in 1972) from Davy's short-lived era with Bell. You can purchase it on CD and it's also downloadable on iTunes.
(Photo courtesy Steve Hoffman Music Forum)
Friday Music has re-released the 2007 Rhino deluxe version of Headquarters. Packaged in a jewel case, the original stereo and mono albums are included, along with an abundance of bonus tracks, all spread out over two discs. It is available on Amazon, and the Steve Hoffman Music Forum is discussing the sound of the reissue and more here.
Friday Music's website is now displaying a promotional piece for their Justus CD/DVD deluxe edition.
"Friday Music is once again very honored to announce the continuation of The Monkees Friday Music Deluxe Edition Series with the first time CD & DVD release of their 1996 masterwork Justus. Mastered by Joe Reagoso (The Monkees/Elvis Presley/Brian Wilson) from the original analog Rhino Records tapes at Friday Music Studios, this legendary release is also for a very short time being offered with a limited edition first time ever DVD of the super rare Rhino Home Video."
There is no firm date listed for its release, but the site allows you to add it to your shopping cart and purchase it. Nothing alerts you that it isn't ready for shipping right now, so either it is available or one can assume it will be shipping shortly. (I did not complete the order so I'm not sure of any steps beyond the process of adding it to your cart. Please contact me if you purchased it and have more details.) For what it's worth, Amazon.com shows no listing for the deluxe edition as of this blog post.
According to their website, the Justus package will include "a colorful CD folder, Monkees memorabilia, interesting liner notes and new interview commentary from Micky Dolenz."
I'll post more details, including a firm release date, once they are available.
UPDATE 4/3/13: Friday Music's Facebook page lists a May 28, 2013 release date for their Justus deluxe CD/DVD package.
If you missed the Rhino limited edition "Girl"/"Rainy Jane" green vinyl single from earlier this year, Friday Music is taking pre-0rders on a variation of it, this time with red vinyl.
More information can be found here.
Courtesy of the Michael Nesmith Fan Page on Facebook, we are able to take a look at the recent yellow vinyl reissue of The Monkees Present by Friday Music.
Several other Monkees albums have recently been released on vinyl by Friday Music, including Instant Replay, Changes, Pool It! and Justus.
On a side note, I've read less than stellar reviews of the packaging for both Instant Replay and Justus (grainy photos, etc.) that I've decided to skip these items (though apparently they do sound fine). If Friday Music does it right all around, I'll be interested.
Still no word on the Justus CD/DVD deluxe edition (though Friday Music still advertises it on their website), but they do have a few other Monkees products that are hitting the market.
Justus has been released on 180 Gram audiophile clear vinyl by Friday Music. The 1996 Monkees album has never previously been available on vinyl. The LP is being advertised as a limited edition release and includes a gatefold album cover featuring photos from the recording sessions and lyrics. The album is also available for purchase on Amazon.
I just noticed on Amazon that the Instant Replay limited edition 180 gram red vinyl is now shipping. (Friday Music's website is still not updated.) It features a gatefold cover, which looks awful. Why didn't they use photos from the '69 era? Instead we get pictures and lyrics from the back cover of an '80s Japanese release of the album, complete with Japanese writing.
I'm also reading reviews that the back cover of the gatefold is dark and grainy, though the front cover appears sharp. Check it out below. Thumbs down. I actually just cancelled my order. (Thanks to JDistheone at the Steve Hoffman forums for the images below.)
My suggestion: if you want to check out a special release for Instant Replay, stick with Rhino's deluxe edition. Well worth it!
On a brighter note, check out this post from Nez and be sure to take a look at the big update for the 1997 US Tour page:
To my everlasting delight, gratitude – and relief -- the show I am doing October 29th at Queen Elizabeth Hall has sold out!
I am so happy and excited to be performing there, and am thinking of doing a second show in London due to the demand.
I’ll keep posting here about where and when the second show will be – if it happens.
I am elated and optimistic about my trip there in October and happily anticipate seeing Glasgow and Manchester and London again, maybe even a little social visit to Edinburgh and Dublin to check in with friends.
I do so love the UK.