This article, originally published in the final issue of Monkees Monthly, references The Monkees attending Cream's first concert at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood. I cross referenced this article with Andrew Sandoval's book and didn't find any other details. Did I miss something in Andrew's book? There is documentation online of Cream appearing at the Whisky in early September 1967. Does anyone have more information about this event?
Valerie Kairys, who made appearances in several Monkees episodes and Head, is recording commentary for the upcoming Monkees Blu-ray box set.
Andrew Sandoval & Valerie Kairys Venet talk Monkeess
The Monkees invented a new kind of TV, gave a new model to the music industry, and left behind one of the most enigmatic movies of the modern era, Head. This book is about all that and more. Beginning by exploring the origins and personalities of the four Monkees before looking in depth at their work together on screen, on stage, and on record, Listen To The Band is the first serious study of the band and the first to fully acknowledge their importance to the development of pop as we now know it.
This ad originally appeared in the December 27, 1969 issue of Cash Box. Note the push to watch The Monkees' television show on CBS, where it debuted in syndication in the fall of 1969.
Check out below a portion of the discography listing for The Monkees from the AllMusic website (under the Compilations tab). It contains some interesting titles, like "Complete Albums Box" and "Cereal Box: Singles."
Are these possible releases being planned for the 50th Anniversary? Once you click on the "Complete Albums Box" or "Cereal Box: Singles" entries, you receive this message:
These titles, of course, could be completely erroneous, but I thought it was worth highlighting in the event that sites like AllMusic receive a heads-up about future releases from the record labels.
UPDATE: After a little more research, it looks like Rhino is indeed releasing something called Cereal Box Records. This listing and description was found on the website of online retailer Bull Moose (but has yet to be announced officially by Monkees.com or Rhino Records):
Back in the 1970's, U.S. cereal companies did several "cereal box 7-inch LPs." These were free records that came with the cereal box. This will be a collection of four of them with songs from The Monkees.
The four cardboard records advertised as part of the package include the following songs:
"Last Train to Clarksville"
"Words" (Previously Unreleased TV Mix)
"I Never Thought It Peculiar" (Previously Unreleased TV Mix)
"Valleri" (Previously Unreleased TV Mix)
According to Bull Moose, the release date is listed as January 19, 2016. Here's the image of the set as shown on their website:
On top of that, Bull Moose is also showing a 10 CD box set, Classic Album Collection, with a scheduled release date of January 19, 2016. Here's their description of it:
10 CD complete album collection spanning The Monkees' career, including a bonus disc of singles.
Here's AllMusic's three star (out of five) review of Changes, which was released in June 1970:
Calling their final album Changes made sense for The Monkees. Mike Nesmith had just departed, leaving only Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones to hold down the fort. The other big change was that after years of struggling to have their voices as songwriters and musicians heard, the remaining duo basically gave up and let the producers take over. The musical reins were given to legendary producer Jeff Barry (who had just come from a huge success with the Archies) and he and his cronies like Bobby Bloom wrote and performed the songs. Apart from one track written by Dolenz (the goofy country rock novelty "Midnight Train"), The Monkees were on hand to provide vocals only. While this could be seen as some kind of defeat and the end of The Monkees as an actual rock band, Changes ends up being a very good bubblegum record. Barry’s production is light and frothy, the songs are hooky and fun, and both Dolenz and Jones perform admirably given the likely somewhat humiliating situation. There are songs that rock harder than you’d expect ("99 Pounds," "Oh My My"), very sweet ballads (the gospelly "Tell My Love" and "You’re So Good to Me"), silly novelty songs ("I Love You Better"), a fun tropical-themed love song ("Acapulco Sun"), and even a vaudeville-y a Boyce & Hart number tacked on the end of the album (the wickedly out of place "I Never Thought It Peculiar"). There are even a couple songs that might make a discerning fan’s homemade best-of comp, namely the achingly pretty Dolenz-sung ballad "Ticket on a Ferry Ride" and "Do You Feel It Too, " a heartfelt love song that shows Jones at his sincere best. It may not be an incredibly inspired album, but it is a lot of fun and if they had stuck together (and with Barry), they could have had a nice little run of albums. Sadly, though, the record tanked completely and the Monkees name was retired soon after its release. [Rhino's 1994 reissue of the album added three very good bonus tracks, two of which ("Do It in the Name of Love" and "Lady Jane") were taken from the duo’s final sessions with Barry (and were eventually released under Dolenz and Jones’ own names on Bell Records in 1971. The other track ("Time and Time Again") is a Jones co-write that was supposed to be on the record but was cut. Possibly because its hazy folk-jazz feel was too out of place. It is one of Jones' stronger efforts and shows that had he stayed serious about making music, he could have done some interesting things.]
Micky Dolenz Live
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart returns