And check out the great photo of The Monkees from the Justus era, taken in Santa Monica, California in late 1996.
In this interview ahead of last night's show in Ottawa, Peter talks about working in the recording studio, Justus, departing The Monkees in the late 1960s, Good Times!, and more.
A big thanks to Tony White for submitting this photo of The Monkees during recording sessions for Justus.
This song (not to be confused with "You and I" from The Monkees' Instant Replay LP) was written by Davy Jones & Micky Dolenz and appeared on the 1996 Monkees album, Justus, the last to feature all four Monkees.
"You and I" was originally released on the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart LP in 1976 in a different arrangement with Micky singing the lead vocal. It was also the B-side to the "I Remember the Feeling" single.
"Mike sent out a bunch of unlabeled CDs of that album to a bunch of radio stations and reviewers," Micky Dolenz remembered. "The unlabeled ones came back with great reviews — about this new garage band! It’s so funny."
Thanks to Al Bigley for sharing this interview with Nez that was conducted by an Australian radio station in early 1997.
The group poses with the co-founder of Rhino Records in this photograph originally published in the December 1996 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine.
This comes from Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees. For easier reading, click on each image and then click on it again.
This photo was taken on November 16, 1996, just days before the Los Angeles club gig to promote the release of Justus.
The deluxe edition of Justus will be released by Friday Music on May 28 and is available for pre-order at Amazon. This review of the album appeared in the October 1996 issue of Goldmine. Click to enlarge!
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.
How can this album be approaching its 20th anniversary? Time flies. This poster was sent to record stores for display during the fall of 1996, right before the album was issued on October 15.
Courtesy of our friends at Monkees Bootlegs comes this incredible footage from the 1996 Justus recording sessions.