I added a few photos in the 1969 North American Tour section (at the bottom of the page). The pictures were taken at a promotional photo session in February 1969. (Thanks to various Steve Hoffman forum members!)
I also added a picture ad on the front page for the new Instant Replay box. You can click the picture to pre-order at Rhino.com.
Here's a photo of Rhino's new vinyl release for the Head soundtrack, complete with the mylar cover. It's available at Amazon.
Click here to read about the upcoming Instant Replay deluxe edition, to hear song samples and to pre-order. The release date is November 21, 2011. Per Rhino, the deluxe box will feature the following:
3 CDs featuring 87 tracks including 58 previously unreleased recordings, backing tracks and a generous selection of stereo and mono mixes for both album and non-album cuts
A 45-rpm vinyl single of the one-of-a-kind acetate versions of "I Go Ape" and “(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love”
Andrew Sandoval, who produced the set, posted the following on his Facebook page:
"...the 33 1/3 tracks came out better than expected as far as recovering audio from different acetate and video sources....the Changes multitracks are still missing...very surprised just how much interest there is in this release, but I will say if you are a big fan, a lot of previously unheard material/mixes and unseen photos."
Finally, courtesy of BenB5150 at the Steve Hoffman forums, here's a Facebook posting by the artist who designed the shadow box, Steve Stanley:
"It's actually a shadow box design whereby the three primary "elements" are on three separate layers. The base layer is the multicolored collage; the next layer is the three center photos from the original 1969 LP; and the top layer is the text. If you turn the box to its side, you can see beneath the top two layers.
By the way, the image you see here is a prototype. The cover image on the finished product won't have that milky sheen to it."
Just to note: the sound samples on the Rhino pre-order page are not correct as of this writing. I'm sure they will be fixed shortly.
Go ahead and place your order! This is sure to be another first class Rhino product.
Courtesy of the Monkees' Facebook page.
A big thank you to the official Peter Tork Facebook page which posted the following message, along with a link to the Live Almanac, on Sunday, October 16:
The REAL Peter Tork (Official)
If you like this website, please click the +1 on the front page!
Per Andrew Sandoval on Twitter, the Instant Replay 3 disc box will be released on November 22, 2011.
Peter Tork has given an interview to Rolling Stone magazine about the canceled dates at the end of the 2011 tour. Check it out here.
This link was live earlier at Rhino.com but it is now down. Check back later as I'm sure it will go live again soon. Someone at the Steve Hoffman music boards snapped a picture of the track listing while the link was live, which I've included below. (No cover art had been posted yet, however.)
Nice to hear a confirmation on this set. It looks to be a 3 disc box with some really interesting choices making the cut. Based on previous sets, I'm sure it won't disappoint.
More details on the deluxe Instant Replay as they arrive...
This last month saw Friday Music's release of Davy's first album on CD as well as the re-release of the Monkees' television show on DVD (both seasons 1 & 2). Head is being released on vinyl later this month by Rhino, complete with the mylar cover.
However, still holding out for news on any potential Instant Replay deluxe! (Not to mention the Pool It! deluxe, too.)
In the meantime, enjoy this lost 1979 Micky Dolenz single, "Lovelight."
I was visiting the website 60sgaragebands.com and found a picture of The Monkees posing with one of their 1967 opening acts, The Sundowners. I added the picture to the 1967 North American/British Tour section, along with a link to a live audio clip of The Sundowners opening for The Monkees.
It appears the PDF file of this month's Goldmine Magazine Monkees article (linked in a previous blog post below) is no longer available.