Neil Young was a session musician on several Monkees tracks, including "As We Go Along" from the Head soundtrack, and Davy's "You and I" from Instant Replay.
Per a request, here are the CD sleeves for the Instant Replay deluxe edition. (Sleeves for the Birds, Bees and Head sets will be posted shortly.) These might come in handy for your iTunes library, too!
If you didn't purchase Rhino Handmade's 3 CD deluxe edition of this 1969 Monkees album the first time around, it's once again available in the Official Monkees Store. Click here to purchase.
I am currently looking for ads, reviews, promotional items and anything else related to the Instant Replay album. I'm also attempting some research on the inspiration for the album cover and how it was created. If you can assist in any of these things or more, please contact me by clicking here.
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This ad was submitted to the Live Almanac, and after checking with JD at Monkee45s.net, he thinks it could be from Record World magazine (but both of us aren't 100% sure), circa late February to March 1969. It also appeared in the packaging of the Instant Replay deluxe edition.
From today through Sunday, you can purchase the Instant Replay deluxe edition set for 20% off at Rhino Handmade. Click the picture below to visit their website.
Here's a YouTube video featuring a clip from the Australian television series The Hit Scene. Host Dick Williams briefly reviews Instant Replay on June 21, 1969.
Don't forget to check out today's earlier blog post below with The Monkees on The Hy Lit Show.
From Rhino's Monkees Facebook page, posted yesterday (11/21/2011):
Hi, all - just to address any concerns, there was a possible delay in shipping INSTANT REPLAY (DELUXE EDITION) on the original date of 11/22, so the site shipping date was changed to reflect this. However, we're happy to report there is no delay and this will in fact begin shipping tomorrow!
Just to clarify yesterday's blog post, I am assuming that the reason for the one week delay for the Instant Replay box could be due to the fact that Andrew Sandoval acquired superior masters for some of the 33 1/3 tracks, but again, it's just speculation based on his post on Facebook. Still no official email from Rhino to those who pre-ordered the set announcing a delay.
Today's Instant Replay-themed update features both sides of the picture sleeve for the only single released from the album, "Tear Drop City"/"A Man Without a Dream." Also, a rare ad for the "Tear Drop City" single from Record Trade.
Finally, the last picture is courtesy of Rhino's Monkees Facebook page and features the inside cover of the upcoming Instant Replay box set (which was also the cover of the 1969 tour book).
Though I haven't received an official email from Rhino, the ordering page for the deluxe set has changed its release date from 11/22/2011 to 11/29/2011. So, it appears we'll have to wait an extra week for the set. This is most likely due to new and improved audio sources being found by producer Andrew Sandoval for tracks from the TV special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. Sandoval noted the following this weekend on his Facebook page:
"I was able to access a new source for the audio of the 33 1/3 special at the last moment which was an improvement. However, due to time and space issues (every disc of this set is maxed out) only so much could be restored, recovered and replayed."
Perhaps space issues is the reason why "I'm a Believer" and "Listen to the Band" from 33 1/3 aren't being included on this Instant Replay set. Hopefully we'll hear the other upgraded 33 1/3 audio on a future box set.
Don't forget to check yesterday's blog post for a picture of what's inside the Instant Replay deluxe edition. It looks great!
In the meantime, here's another Instant Replay picture to hold you over (courtesy of Ed over at the SH Forums). The original Colgems cassette!
Check out the packaging for the Instant Replay deluxe edition set, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval's Facebook page.
Here's an early mono mix of Micky's "Mommy and Daddy," streaming here.
An update to the site and a few other notes for today:
1. I added two pictures to the 1996 North American Tour section (at the bottom of the page).
2. The very first Monkees greatest hits album (originally released in 1969) is being re-released on vinyl by Friday Music. Check it out here and here.
3. Below is a picture in relation to Instant Replay as we wait for the deluxe edition to be released. This one is taken from the 1969 tour book.
Waiting for the release of the Instant Replay deluxe edition? Here's a sample clip of an alternate 'fuzz guitar' version of "Through the Looking Glass" - in mono.
The first ad below was published in the February 15, 1969 issue of Billboard and the second ad on March 1, 1969. Thanks to JDistheone for the uploads!
Don't forget to pre-order the Instant Replay deluxe edition from Rhino here.
Click here to read about the upcoming Instant Replay deluxe edition, to hear song samples and to pre-order. The release date is November 21, 2011. Per Rhino, the deluxe box will feature the following:
3 CDs featuring 87 tracks including 58 previously unreleased recordings, backing tracks and a generous selection of stereo and mono mixes for both album and non-album cuts
A 45-rpm vinyl single of the one-of-a-kind acetate versions of "I Go Ape" and “(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love”
Andrew Sandoval, who produced the set, posted the following on his Facebook page:
"...the 33 1/3 tracks came out better than expected as far as recovering audio from different acetate and video sources....the Changes multitracks are still missing...very surprised just how much interest there is in this release, but I will say if you are a big fan, a lot of previously unheard material/mixes and unseen photos."
Finally, courtesy of BenB5150 at the Steve Hoffman forums, here's a Facebook posting by the artist who designed the shadow box, Steve Stanley:
"It's actually a shadow box design whereby the three primary "elements" are on three separate layers. The base layer is the multicolored collage; the next layer is the three center photos from the original 1969 LP; and the top layer is the text. If you turn the box to its side, you can see beneath the top two layers.
By the way, the image you see here is a prototype. The cover image on the finished product won't have that milky sheen to it."
Just to note: the sound samples on the Rhino pre-order page are not correct as of this writing. I'm sure they will be fixed shortly.
Go ahead and place your order! This is sure to be another first class Rhino product.
Courtesy of the Monkees' Facebook page.