This Tuesday (April 24) will see the release of Davy's 1971 solo album for the first time ever on compact disc. Friday Music, who is overseeing the release, has added bonus tracks to the original album, including "Girl" and "I'll Believe in You," two singles from the same era. The CD also contains mono versions of some of the album's songs. The moderate hit "Rainy Jane" comes from this album, and David Gates, who wrote "Saturday's Child" for The Monkees, contributes the song "Look at Me." The disc, The Bell Recordings, is charting admirably at Amazon, and as of this writing is #26 in the Classic Rock albums category, and #284 in overall music sales.
This Tuesday, Friday Music is also re-releasing The Monkees' 1987 album, Pool It!, as a deluxe edition with bonus DVD. There are no bonus tracks on the CD, and the DVD will contain Rhino's Heart and Soul: The Official Monkees Videography, originally released in 1988 and never before available on DVD. The videography contains all of the music videos for the Pool It! album ("Heart and Soul," "Every Step of the Way," and "Don't Bring Me Down") as well as a live video clip of "Last Train to Clarksville" with audio from the '86 tour and various footage in the video from the '86 and '87 tours, as well as other sources. Scattered through the approximately 40 minute long video is interview footage with Micky, Davy and Peter (sitting together for the interviews), Kellogg's commercials, some footage and skits from the '87 tour (including Peter playing "Cripple Creek" in Las Vegas at the end of the '87 tour) and more. Finally, the liner notes for the CD, which is being advertised as 'remastered,' is supposed to include recent comments about Pool It! by Micky Dolenz. As of this writing, the deluxe edition Pool It! is ranked #1,395 in overall music sales at Amazon.
Time.com recently posted a story in support of The Monkees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's a good read, and you can check it out here.
Don't forget about Friday's blog post below with photos from the recent private memorial that was held to honor Davy Jones. (The post was updated on Saturday with additional photos added to the original post.)
Interview with Wayne Avers