Fans of The Monkees' album Pool It! are sure to enjoy this lively and revealing discussion about the group's 1987 LP, led by Mark Kleiner (host of the Nesmith, Tork, Goffin & King podcast who has also penned superlative liner notes for various 7a Records releases) and his longtime friend and former Monkees pen pal, Lee Baber. Watch and listen as Mark and Lee welcome guests like producer Roger Bechirian (who expresses his desire to undertake a remix of the album), session guitarist Mark Christian, songwriters Michael Levine ("Since You Went Away") and Tom Teeley ("Don't Bring Me Down"), Monkees collector Ed Reilly, and graphic designer Delana Bettoli.
Thanks also goes to Mark Kleiner for sharing this photo of The Monkees taken by Rick Barham during filming of the music video for "Heart and Soul," the lead single from Pool It! Rick acted as the gaffer during the video's production.
Annabel Jones, Talia Jones Rosten, and Sarah Jones McFadden are featured in the latest issue of Sidelines Magazine. The ladies share stories about their dad and his love of horses, discuss the establishment of the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation, and more in this interview with Kimberly Gatto:
Monkees author, historian, and producer Andrew Sandoval recently appeared on the latest episode of the podcast Ranking The Beatles, where he talks about the relationship between The Beatles and The Monkees, creating reissue packages from a fan's perspective, his new book, how his parents sneaked him into a Wings concert in 1976, interesting Monkees tidbits, what Andrew considers to be The Monkees' holy grail, and much more.
Listen now by clicking the link below, or stream it on Spotify!
Late last year, fans pushed The Monkees over the top when the vinyl-only label Run Out Groove placed the group's 1966 eponymous debut album in the running to be pressed as an expanded deluxe edition double LP featuring previously unreleased songs and mixes. After some lengthy production delays, customers have started to receive their orders over the last couple of weeks.
Fast forward now to another vote, a different album, but the exact same results!
Earlier this summer, Run Out Groove conducted another contest to decide their next release, and this time The Monkees' sophomore album, More Of The Monkees, claimed victory and is now set to receive the same deluxe style treatment as The Monkees.
Pre-orders are now open until August 17, 2021 for two different versions of the album, which include a standard black vinyl pressing as well as a limited edition transparent green vinyl edition. More details can be found below, along with links to pre-order. (UPDATE 7/28/2021: According to Monkees.com, the release date for the green vinyl edition is set for April 15, 2022.)
Will Headquarters be next?
As part of yesterday's Record Store Day offerings, the Missing Links trilogy (originally produced by Andrew Sandoval and Bill Inglot for Rhino Records in the late '80s/'90s) was made available as an exclusive, limited edition release courtesy of Friday Music. The LPs were pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl in multiple color variations, limited to 2,000 copies for each volume.
Volume 1 contains the CD bonus tracks that were not part of the original vinyl and Volume 2 features the CD bonus tracks not found on the original cassette. This in-store only release also marks the premiere appearance of the second and third Missing Links installments on vinyl.
Thanks a lot to longtime Live Almanac contributor Ben Belmares for providing scans of the albums he acquired.
Missing Links Volume Two
Missing Links Volume Three
This past February, Monkees fans received the news they had long been anticipating when Monkees historian, producer, and manager Andrew Sandoval officially announced the brand new edition of his groundbreaking book on the group, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. Set to ship in August, Andrew's original work has been rewritten, redesigned, and expanded to an incredible 740 pages! You still have time to order a copy of this limited edition tome via Beatland Books.
The Live Almanac is now happy to share an exclusive interview with Andrew, recorded in late May, where he talks with Paris Stachtiaris. Monkees fans are likely to recall Paris as the co-host of Headquarters ("The only radio show in America dedicated to The Monkees") that originally aired from 1987 to 1990 on WBAU-FM, the former radio station of Adelphi University in Long Island, New York. In 2019 Paris returned to broadcasting, with co-host Ben Brown on the HCS Radio Network.
Throughout this two-part interview, Andrew talks to Paris about the various stages of his career in music, including being a Grammy-nominated record producer and the host of the long-running Come to the Sunshine show. Andrew also discusses his role in The Monkees returning to the concert stage in 2011, the circumstances surrounding the abrupt end to that tour, how close all four Monkees came to reuniting in 2012 before Davy Jones passed away, the Good Times! era, future Beatland Books projects, missing links in The Monkees' tape vault, and much more!
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith
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