Hi everyone, I've been at the beach for the last several days and will continue to be on vacation through next weekend. As a result, things are going to be slower than usual around here! That being said, any important news items will still be posted on the blog. The Live Almanac's Facebook page and Twitter account, however, will continue to be updated daily. Speaking of, are you following the Live Almanac on Facebook and Twitter?!?
Here's a photo I took about an hour or so ago from the deck - a beautiful night. The Monkees Live Almanac would like to wish a Happy 4th of July to those in the United States, and to everyone else, a great weekend.
The expansive Monkees Blu-ray set, along with the deluxe editions for Instant Replay and The Monkees Present, and more are 20% off through July 4th at 11:59pm PST. Discounts will be applied at checkout. Click the image below to browse!
In celebration of The Monkees' 40th Anniversary in 2006, Rhino Records (in conjunction with Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval) issued the group's first four albums (The Monkees, More of The Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.) as 2-CD deluxe editions, featuring the original stereo and mono versions of each album, along with a bevy of bonus tracks, including remixes, previously unreleased material, alternate mixes, and more. By 2010, however, the formula had changed.
Rhino's specialty Handmade division stepped in, and beginning with The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees in 2010, the releases became lavish 3-CD limited edition box sets. Featuring a 3-D lenticular cover and a booklet with detailed liner notes written by Sandoval, the first 1,000 orders for the Birds box were accompanied by a bonus 45 single, and the entire set was sold out by early 2011.
A 3-CD box for Head arrived later in 2010 (now sold out), and Instant Replay (2011) and The Monkees Present (2013) followed. Due to the success of the releases, Rhino Handmade went back to the beginning of The Monkees' catalog, issuing a Super Deluxe Edition of The Monkees in 2014 (which now appears to be sold out, too).
Both Instant Replay and The Monkees Present are still in stock at The Monkees' online store, and, if you haven't picked these up, you won't be disappointed. Both sets are brimming with material recorded throughout 1968 and 1969, an era in The Monkees' recorded history that too often gets overlooked. Check out each set below by clicking on its image, and don't forget to start saving up for the next Handmade release, More of The Monkees, which is coming soon!
Here's some more photos from the 2001 tour, courtesy of Jennifer Winkle!
In 2010, Head was included in a Criterion Collection box set, America Lost & Found: The BBS Story, which highlighted the films of Bob Rafelson & Bert Schneider and Steve Blauner. This poster was created to promote the DVD and Blu-ray releases, as well as a screening of Head at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in New York.
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