"Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of The Monkees new Rhino Handmade box set - for all those waiting, here's a sneak preview of 'All The King's Horses.' A bit of historical background: this is one of Michael Nesmith's earliest productions for The Monkees, but it was initially only featured on the soundtrack of the television show - never on record. In 1989, Bill Inglot mixed a version from the only surviving multitrack of the song (issued in January 1990 on Missing Links 2).... However, that tape was missing the final vocal overdubs and no other source existed in Rhino's vault. 25 years later, Sony (who own the Screen Gems shows for syndication) allowed me access to their original film mag and 1/4" elements to get a 'clean' version of the final production without sound effects and horse gallops (yes, we all lived with that bootleg for decades). And hear it is...
But one more thing: I also located an original acetate lacquer disc of The Monkees' earliest sessions which featured Michael double tracking the lead vocals without Micky. These vocals were later replaced with what you hear on Missing Links 2 and the new box set. The only existing acetate of this audio snapshot was given by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart to a neighborhood toddler near their Hollywood Hills songwriting hideaway. That youngster eventually sold it to me and I am sharing it officially with all Monkees fans via Rhino on this box set - it is included on disc two of the set with all of the other notable session material that could be culled from the scratchy wonder. Enjoy!"
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