Check out this great article (from the March 8, 1969 issue of the UK newspaper Record Mirror) that Andrew Sandoval posted on Facebook a while back. Davy talks about Peter's departure from The Monkees and its impact on the group, the debut of the TV show in syndication is referenced, and Michael promotes The Monkees' upcoming live appearances on their 1969 tour.
"While I Cry," written by Michael Nesmith and recorded in January 1968, is one of my favorite Monkees songs. It was featured on The Monkees' 1969 album Instant Replay.
"It has kind of a rolling guitar intro," Michael told Andrew Sandoval. "It's slow. It's a ballad. It's me playing guitar, a guitar lick that I was just foolin' around with and wrote a song around the lick. Not an uncommon move."
The song features Eddie Hoh on drums and Harry Nilsson in an uncredited role, which is likely backing vocals. Michael originally recorded this track as an instrumental for his first solo album, 1968's The Wichita Train Whistle Sings (as "While I Cried").
Thanks to John for alerting the Live Almanac to this animated GIF of the Instant Replay cover. It's another unique creation by Michelle66, whose series of alternate reality Monkees albums appeared on the Live Almanac blog last summer.
Originally recorded in October 1966, "Tear Drop City" (written and produced by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart) didn't see official release until it was selected as the first post-Peter Tork Monkees single in February 1969. The flip side, "A Man Without a Dream," was written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and produced by Bones Howe. Both songs appeared on the 1969 album Instant Replay.
Micky, Davy, and Michael were guests on Glen Campbell's variety show on February 5, 1969. The trio performed "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Salesman" live and lip-synced their brand new single "Tear Drop City." The trio's entire appearance from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour will soon be made available on the upcoming Monkees Blu-ray box set!
Here's the mono promotional single mix of "A Man Without a Dream."
Pam from the United Kingdom wrote to Monkees Monthly about her love of the Instant Replay album (and Davy).
Here's a cool find from JD over at Monkee45s. He recently posted a collection of United Kingdom press releases for Monkees albums. Here's one for Instant Replay, and note the mention of Sam & The Goodtimers:
Haven't visited Monkee45s? Take some time to check out JD's website!
"If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" remained officially unreleased until its inclusion on the 1990 rarities package, Missing Links Volume Two.
Here's a photo of Davy, Micky, and Mike in RCA Studios with Jack Keller in January 1969:
Davy later demoed "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" at some point in the early 1970s:
By the way, have you taken a moment to vote in the latest poll? Check it out in the blog sidebar to the right: "What is your favorite Monkees album cover?"
Check out the entire '69 tour program on the 1969 tour page.
Below is one fan's interpretation of the picture sleeve had Peter still been a member of The Monkees at the time of the single's release in early 1969.
Instant Replay is one of my favorite Monkees albums. I'll admit that I spent a lot of time examining the front and back cover of the LP in the '80s!
How cool is it that we were actually treated to a 3-CD box set of this late period Monkees album by Rhino Handmade? Who would have thought?!
In this piece from the July 1969 issue of Monkees Monthly, Hollies member Terry Sylvester shares his views on The Monkees' Instant Replay album.