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!!
The latest stellar release from 7a Records is a very limited edition (500 copies) 7" yellow vinyl single featuring two live cuts by Davy Jones. The single includes Davy and his band performing "Daydream Believer" and "I Wanna Be Free" during a tour of Japan in May 1981.
Be sure to purchase your copy today at Amazon (in the US or UK) or via Deep Discount! You can also hear audio samples of the tracks from a previous post here on the blog.
As always, thank you very much to Ben Belmares who shared the scans of his copy with the Live Almanac!
These are the actual album covers in its unused, pristine state, before it was pasted onto the cardboard LP jacket
I remember this hat being sold at my local mall in 1986 (along with other 20th Anniversary Tour merchandise), but I never owned it. Do you have this hat in your collection?
Thanks to Scott Nelson for the heads-up!
PRE-ORDER: HEAD-ALTERNATE (180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Gold Vinyl/Limited Anniversary Edition/ Gold Foil Cover)
Earlier this month, a very limited edition (500 copies) 7" colored vinyl single featuring two live cuts by Micky Dolenz was released by 7a Records. The single includes Micky singing "Sunny Girlfriend" and "Zor & Zam" on his brief Japanese tour in 1982. A CD release of the entire concert is forthcoming.
A big thanks to Ben Belmares for sharing the scans of his copy with the Live Almanac!
Good Times! Plus! was made available as part of a special Record Store Day release by Rhino Records for Black Friday on November 25, 2016. The four song EP, pressed on 10" red opaque vinyl and limited to 2,500 copies, included the four non-album songs that were previously only available via iTunes and exclusive retail CDs in both the US and Japan. Ben Belmares scanned his copy, and you can see the front and back covers, labels, and more below. Thanks, Ben!
In late 1980, Peter formed a band called The New Monks. On February 13, 1981, they recorded a single, "Steppin' Stone"/"Higher and Higher." The 45 was eventually released on the Claude's Music Works label, named after Peter's then-manager Claude Hayn. Thanks a lot to Ben Belmares for sharing the scans of his single!
Lisa Manekofsky attended the penultimate show on the 50th Anniversary Tour at Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island on November 19th. In a recent email to the Live Almanac, Lisa reported two new items on the merchandise table which were not for sale on earlier dates, or at least since the last time she had seen the tour (in mid-July in New Hampshire). There was a canvas tote bag which sold for $20, and a light blue T-shirt with a drawing of Micky Dolenz and the words "Psycho Jello," which sold for $35.
Did anyone else take notice of these additional items at other late stops on the tour? (Note: The "Psycho Jello" shirt was for sale on Micky's official eBay store this past summer.)
Thanks, Lisa, for the heads-up!
A lot of fans from Australia and New Zealand have contacted the Live Almanac asking about pricing and availability of 50th Anniversary Tour merchandise for the shows Down Under. I'd like to thank Matt Boe of Love Police Merchandising for confirming which items will be for sale and at what cost:
Good Times! Plus! is available today as part of a special Record Store Day release by Rhino Records for Black Friday. The four song EP, pressed on 10" red opaque vinyl and limited to 2,500 copies, includes the four non-album songs that were previously only available via iTunes and exclusive retail CDs in both the US and Japan. Be sure to check out Record Store Day's official website for participating stores.
Thanks much to Chris Coyle, who picked up his copy earlier this morning, for sharing these photos with the Live Almanac!
In a recent email to its newsletter subscribers, 7a Records announced the following:
Get ready for a 7a email exclusive! The very limited edition (500 copies) 7" coloured vinyl single of Micky Dolenz Live In Japan 1982 that was given out for FREE at the 7a Records Launch is now available to pre-order worldwide!
This stunning single features Micky singing Sunny Girlfriend and Zor & Zam live on his brief Japanese tour in 1982, years before Monkeemania round 2 kicked in!
These two tracks come from a forthcoming CD release of the entire concert with bonus tracks, but once this single sells out, it will never be available in this format again!
US fans can order it from the following outlets:
UK fans will be able to get it from Amazon by using this link. It isn't available for pre-order there yet but will be soon. Keep checking it out!
The good times continue into the holiday season as Monkees fans in the United States will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition vinyl EP that will collect all of the bonus tracks from Good Times!
As part of a special Record Store Day release on Black Friday, Rhino Records will issue Good Times! Plus!, featuring the four non-album songs that were previously only available via iTunes and exclusive retail CDs in both the US and Japan. Limited to 2500 copies, Good Times! Plus! will be pressed on 10" red opaque vinyl. Here's the official track listing:
SIDE A: "Terrifying," "Me & Magdalena" (Version 2)
SIDE B: "A Better World," "Love's What I Want"
Check out Record Store Day's official website for participating stores, but it might be a good idea to call ahead and make sure this Monkees item will be in stock.
"Star Collector" was a longtime feature in Monkee Business Fanzine. Monkees collector and author Ed Reilly would break down a wide range of Monkees memorabilia, including everything from toys, trading cards, records, and much more. In this column, Ed examines items from the United Kingdom, including the Monkees Monthly publication, Monkees annuals, solo Monkees releases, and more.
Last night in London, 7a Records held a launch party for the upcoming CD release of Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection. A host of other goodies were available, Circe Link & Christian Nesmith performed via Skype, and Micky Dolenz welcomed those in attendance via a special video message. To top off everything, 7a's extended quest to release Keep Off My Grass, a long-lost film produced in the 1970s and starring Micky, has become a reality:
Directed by comedian Shelley Berman and starring former Monkee Micky Dolenz, Keep Off My Grass is a stoner comedy that had a limited run on it's initial release. In fact, it's fair to say that hardly anyone saw the movie when it first came out in the mid 70's and almost no one has seen it since. Never released on video or DVD, this is the first time this movie has been publically available.
Sourced from a VHS copy owned by the producers Albert J Salzer & Allan D. Yasnyi, this DVD is presented in this low-fi version as a matter of historical interest. Lovingly restored by film archivist Garrett Gilchrist, please don't expect HD quality! It is taken from a low quality VHS of a screening of the film, while everything has been done to make the image as sharp as possible, it is of a lot lower quality than we have come to expect. This really is for hardcore fans. Thank you for your understanding on this matter!
Monkees expert Iain Lee has spent years searching for this film and has included some great extras to make this a very special package for fans of Dolenz, kitsch and lost 70's classics.