Thanks to Ben for the heads-up!
As previously reported, Summer of Love, advertised as a collection highlighting the psychedelic side of The Monkees, will be released on July 18, 2017. It will be available on both Red/White Splatter Vinyl and Compact Disc. Rhino Records issued an official press release to announce the compilation.
Here's the track listing for the LP and CD, both of which are slated (at least initially) to be a brick & mortar retail exclusive:
Reaction to the Summer of Love compilation from the Monkees fan community has been mixed, with a sizable portion taking issue with certain songs ("She" and "Saturday's Child," in particular) being selected to represent the group's "psychedelic" output in lieu of other options, such as "Daily Nightly," "The Door Into Summer," "Do I Have To Do This All Over Again," "Auntie's Municipal Court," etc. Rhino's John Hughes commented on Facebook about the track listing:
"This [the Summer of Love compilation] was meant to satisfy a few different masters - a marketing focus on 1967 specifically, leaning towards the psychedelic side to make it somewhat unique from other comps,
but it had to have enough 'familiar' songs for the casual fan. We did our best."
On this day in 1967, The Monkees' third album, Headquarters, was released. Read more about this landmark Monkees LP in the Live Almanac's archives.
I went to the 2014 Monkees Convention in New York and filmed what I saw and who I met. I am a huge Monkees fan and it was a real thrill to speak to like-minded, passionate people. I was also lucky enough to interview Micky Dolenz, Monkees songwriter Bobby Hart, and Monkees historian Eric Lefcowitz, who all appear in this documentary.
Power pop group The Flashcubes formed in 1977 in Syracuse, New York, inspired by their combined love of British Invasion groups like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Hollies and The Who, and the burgeoning punk rock scene. The Flashcubes are guitarists Paul Armstrong and Arty Lenin, bassist Gary Frenay, and drummer Tommy Allen. During their initial run from 1977-1980, the group released two singles, "Christi Girl" and "Wait Til Next Week," on Northside Records.
The band was resurrected in the early 1990s, with an assist by none other than Rhino Records, when the label included "Christi Girl" on their D.I.Y.: Come Out And Play - American Power Pop (1975-78) compilation. More recording resulted in the group's first full length album, Bright Lights, and concert tours of the United States and Japan followed. Brilliant came in 2002, and earlier this year The Flashcubes issued their first vinyl 45 since 1979.
And now, The Flashcubes can be heard on Listen to the Bands, the Monkees tribute album from 7a Records! Their contribution, "She," written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, appeared on The Monkees' second LP, More Of The Monkees. The song was regularly featured on the group's television series, and it's been a live concert staple since The Monkees' 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour in 1986. Producer, musician, and songwriter Mark Hudson (Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, and more) assisted The Flashcubes in the recording, providing background vocals.
Listen to the Bands is already available in the United Kingdom, and will arrive on June 2 in the United States. All proceeds benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Check out the selections and performers in a previous update, and follow the links below to order your copy!
SirQ shared his alternate cover design for the Head soundtrack with the Live Almanac:
Congratulations to Ken Mills & Company...keep up the great work.
Monkees Farewell Tour