The Monkees' last performance as a trio on the ill-fated 2001 tour occurred on August 31, 2001 at the Sun Theatre in Anaheim, California. The Anaheim concert was recorded and filmed. The subsequent release, Live Summer Tour, was made available on DVD and compact disc in stores and online. Here's a look at the DVDs:
Due to popular demand, the entire uncut concert was later released as a limited collector's edition:
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Movies of the Mind
Live Album Special Edition Update 3
Thank you for your purchase of Michael Nesmith's limited edition "Movies Of The Mind" album project!
Here is another production update on the three editions of the live album project. This is update #3:
Unfortunately, we will not be shipping out any of the editions this week as hoped. We are deeply sorry for this delay, but as this is a premium product, we do not want to rush out an inferior item.
We will have a further update emailed to you on January 31st with a revised ship date. In the meantime, we are working on ways to make each and every edition a little more special and to get these discs to you as soon as possible. With a project as limited and specialized as this, each and every edition counts and we are so grateful for your investment in this venture. We know that we have something very special on the way to you and we appreciate your understanding in this matter. We plan to keep you as up-to-date as possible with the progress.
Copies are still available for the limited run of single CD's featuring Nez' personal selections from the Deluxe Edition + a T-shirt. The track list was published in our last update and we can now add the detail that each Standard Edition will be hand numbered.
Click here to pre-order a Movies Of The Mind Standard Edition 1 CD/1 T-Shirt bundle.
If you have any questions about these or any of our other products, please call us at 831-384-8800 or email us at email@example.com.
The Videoranch Foreman
Peter Tork has long cited the influence of musician Pete Seeger, who passed away yesterday. Check out Tork's performance of "Seeger's Theme" below (from Missing Links Volume Two), which features Peter on guitar, bass, and banjo.
The latest from Nez on Facebook:
I have been busy finishing up the collector’s edition CD's of my Movies of the Mind concert live album. It’s been a long time since I have worked on releasing a CD. It seems odd. Weirdly old fashioned. Things have changed so much.
I think the three Editions are coming along well and they look nice. They are signed and numbered like an artist’s run of prints, beautifully packaged with collector's goodies and they are priced like first editions are – which is to say expensive -- but there are only a few hundred of each.
The landscape of recorded music is such unusual territory these days it is hard to know what to do. For instance part of the Super Deluxe Edition – sold out, thank you for that – has a vinyl LP in the set.
I put it there because of the advice I was getting from Andrew Sandoval, the producer of the Editions, as well as collectors and fans who said it would be a good addition.
It’s a puzzle to me.
I remember how happy I was when the CD came along and made the LP obsolete. No more pops and scratches – no more hiss – no more distorted highs and muddy lows. I was thrilled.
Then software started popping up to reintroduce all those things digitally and finally the LP itself knocked at my back door.
“Who’s there?” I wondered. “You!!?? I thought you left.”
“No” said the LP, “I have been hanging out in the back yard with the compost pile until I saw the light from your computer inviting me back in. It really smells out there. I don't belong with all that garbage. Can I come in?”
What could I say? I let him in. (The LP is male – figures)
So there is a 12” inch LP in the Super Deluxe Edition of 200. I put songs on the LP that I have been sketching for a while and some performances from the Spring Tour.
The “new” songs have been around for awhile. They are part of a section of my music garden I have been working on and are still fragile buds – tiny – I'm not even sure what species – maybe a fruit – maybe a vegetable – some kind of plant, in any case. They are pretty little things and have a good aroma and they are attractive.
The first song-bulbs are split and now repotted in the LP but still in the download section of Videoranch. The Videoranch files are digital of course – they don't sound like the LP. Nothing does, actually.
As I say there are three collectors’ Editions and the Super Deluxe and Deluxe are sold out. There are around 200 of the Standard Edition still available.
I will bring those last 200 with me to the Monkees convention. They don't have the vinyl LP but they are a lot cheaper than the other two.
I worry, too, about bringing my solo merch to the Convention. I figure Monkees fans want Monkees stuff and not my solo work. My Monkees fan friends assure me this is not the case so I am bringing Nez stuff -- but I have real trepidations about it.
Those same trepidations apply to my solo show and the Q&A Session that are set up for the Convention. I’ll do the Movies of the Mind show like I wrote it but I decided at the last minute to throw in an extra Monkees song.
The Q&A session was a bit of a problem to solve. I didn't know quite what the Convention hosts wanted but they gave me pretty much free reign to set it up however I wanted so I took it.
I thought a long time and finally decided to invite Rachel Rosenfelt Publisher and Editor of The New Inquiry magazine to ask the questions. She is bringing another editor from TNI with her; Rob Horning. I gave Rachel and Rob the permission to ask me anything.
The three of us will be talking about all things Monkees from what I hope is a high and interesting perspective. Both Rachel and Rob are wicked smart, both are young – Rachel is 28 and just recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the brightest and best “30 under-30’s in the U.S." – both are deep thinkers and avid Monkees fans. I think it will be a good session.
I hope they don't ask me about LP’s though. I am clueless as to the appeal. If they do maybe I will just bust into a crazy non-sequitur song like “Shrimp Boats are A’Comin”. That makes as much sense to me as a vinyl LP.
Still, overall I am happy to be working hard on this Editions release and the Convention. I am getting more and more excited to be going – the LP mystery notwithstanding. See you there.
"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 Monkees toy tambourines, Halloween costumes, View-Masters (remember those?), bracelets, binders, lunch boxes, and more. For easier reading, click on each image to enlarge.
The Monkees Tale, written by Eric Lefcowitz, was first published in 1985 (with a second printing in April 1986). The first true book on the group, it has since been updated and revised several times, most recently in 2013. I can still remember purchasing this book as a new fan at my local mall, subsequently combing through it during the course of the '80s resurgence of The Monkees. If you are attending the 2014 Monkees convention, be sure to say hello to Eric (who is scheduled to appear) and tell him you read about the first edition of the book on the Live Almanac blog!
Speaking of the upcoming convention, Rachel Lichtman was recently announced as a guest. Lichtman coordinated the video footage production shown on the big stage screen during the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Monkees tours. Her work clearly added a new dynamic to the shows, and she deserves recognition for her contributions to the recent tours. Rachel is also producing a new documentary about Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, due sometime in 2014.
In a previous blog post, I highlighted the Monkee Flips LP, one of the first albums in my Monkees collection. Hit Factory, released in 1985 on Pair Records, wasn't far behind. Check out the eclectic song list on this 2-LP set (which was also made available on cassette) - fairly progressive for a pre-1986 Monkees collection!
Live in 2021