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!
Released in late 2014, the 3-CD Rhino Handmade release is currently not available for ordering at the official online Monkees store. Customers are instead prompted to subscribe to an email list to be notified when it's back in stock. In late April 2015, Rhino alerted fans that less than 500 copies of the limited edition run of 4,000 remained.
Previously, Handmade sets for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees and the Head soundtrack have sold out, along with The Headquarters Sessions and Summer 1967: The Complete US Concert Recordings. Still available, however, are boxes for both Instant Replay and The Monkees Present.
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!
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.
Rhino Records executive John Hughes just posted a photo on Facebook of an ad that can be found in this week's issue of Billboard. Is a Grammy nomination in The Monkees' future?
Call it a Pleasant Valley Monday! We're pleased to announce that The Monkees THE COMPLETE SERIES on Blu-ray is once again coming off the assembly line and is ready to ship right to your door. We've resolved the prior shipping issues that caused a small number of boxes to arrive with minor damage, so order with confidence.
This past April, in celebration of The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, Rhino Records issued two unique items for Record Store Day. The first was a 7" picture disc single in the shape of the famous Monkees guitar logo, and the second item was a vinyl box set featuring all nine original Monkees LPs (on colored vinyl) along with a bonus album that collected non-album singles and more. However, the Instant Replay LP was missing the song "The Girl I Left Behind Me."
Rhino Records began work on replacing defective copies of Instant Replay and they are now available for shipment. If you contacted Rhino previously about this issue, you have most likely received the following email:
The corrected replacement vinyl has arrived.
Please reply with a photo of your box set and your shipping information.
We will send out your replacement LP as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued patience.
If you have not received this email or still need to replace a defective disc, alert Dr. Rhino for further assistance.
Late this afternoon replacement packaging for my Monkees Blu-ray box set arrived from Rhino Records. As everyone knows, many customers who purchased the collection were dismayed to find imperfections with the box housing the 10 Blu-ray discs, booklet, and bonus 45 single, including ripped placeholders and even reports of the lenticular cover becoming unglued. John Hughes of Rhino Records, who co-produced the Blu-ray project, quickly acknowledged these problems on Facebook, saying "We hear you and we are working on a plan to make any damages right. Please be patient with us for the next couple of weeks while we work this out."
I received a couple of emails yesterday from Monkees fans who had been issued shipping notices from UPS along with reports of actual deliveries of the replacement box. So, if you alerted Rhino about a concern, new boxes are on the way! Rhino Records is to be commended for rectifying this unfortunate occurrence in such quick fashion.
If your Blu-ray packaging suffered damage, please contact Rhino directly to inform them of your issue. In the meantime, hopefully everyone is enjoying the results of the dedication exhibited by Hughes, Andrew Sandoval, Dan Wingate, and others who made this Blu-ray collection a reality!
In early 1995, The Monkees attended a ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood that was hosted by Rhino Records. The first five Monkees albums had been re-certified by the RIAA for platinum and multi-platinum sales, and the group was presented with plaques to commemorate the occasion.
Thanks to Chris Coyle who shared his email from Rhino's customer service department after contacting them about his damaged Blu-ray box. Here is the response:
Thank you for your email.
I am very sorry to hear about the damage to your box set.
We are currently coordinating replacement packaging.
I will update you as soon as possible, regarding our progress.
In the meantime, please reply with the following information:
Your order number
A photo displaying the damage to your box set
I apologize again for the damage and thank you for your continued patience.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
The Monkees Support
As previously reported, many customers who ordered the Monkees Blu-ray collection have received damaged boxes upon delivery. As a result, the following message has been posted on the ordering page of the Blu-ray set at Monkees.com:
As fans have started to receive their Blu-ray sets, we're getting reports that some of the boxes may be getting damaged during shipping. The weight of the 10 discs may be causing the sides of the box to rip when jostled from side to side during transport.
We have shipped out all of the pre-orders so that those fans that have been waiting a very long time can get start enjoying the set while we come up with a solution to take care of the damages.
We are putting a temporary hold on future shipments while we work this out. Please feel free to reserve your copy, but know any orders placed now will ship when we come up with a swift solution to this issue.
If you have received a box that was damaged in transport, please let us know using the form here – in the meantime, please enjoy the new HD transfers!
Over the course of the last two days, fans have started to receive their Monkees Blu-ray sets after being shipped by Rhino Records earlier this week. Initial reviews of the content, including the results of the extensive restoration efforts undertaken on The Monkees television series, Head, and more, have been overwhelmingly positive. The 10 disc collection also boasts a detailed booklet and an incredible amount of unique bonus material, including previously unseen outtakes from Head, the TV show, the "Listen to the Band" jam from 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, the September 1966 KHJ train ride, and more.
However, customers have taken to Facebook and other platforms in large numbers to discuss frustrations concerning imperfections with the packaging, including ripped placeholders, missing discs (particularly Season One, Disc Two), and even reports of the lenticular cover becoming unglued. In response, John Hughes of Rhino Records, who co-produced the Monkees Blu-ray collection, posted the following on Facebook earlier today:
What we know:
Looks like the boxes may be damaged during shipping. The weight of the 10 discs may be causing the sides of the box to rip when jostled from side to side during transport.
We hear you and we are working on a plan to make any damages right. Please be patient with us for the next couple of weeks while we work this out. We could stop shipments until we have a solution, but we feel getting the actual discs (yay!) into fans' hands is more important (after all the excruciating delays).
As always, I will keep you all up to date, but I do ask for your patience. In the meantime, grab the 33 1/3 disc and watch the "Edited Version" listed on the menu for a special treat...
Many fans have relayed that they have contacted Rhino to express their dissatisfaction while also sending pictures of the damaged packaging and inquiring about replacements. Be assured that Rhino Records is aware of all of these issues and are currently working on a solution to everyone's concerns, which are understandably frustrating.
Stay tuned to the Live Almanac for further updates, and in the meantime, enjoy all of the great content inside the box!