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Micky's early 1970s singles, originally released on the MGM label, were recently collected for the first time ever courtesy of Iain Lee and Glenn Gretlund of 7a Records, both longtime Monkees fans and co-producers of Micky Dolenz - The MGM Singles Collection.
Released in the summer of 2015, the set (made available as a gatefold vinyl and digital download) featured the A and B-sides of Micky's tenure at MGM, including his collaboration with Michael Lloyd, dubbed Starship, that yielded the 1972 single "Johnny B. Goode"/"It's Amazing to Me." Micky placed his stamp of approval on the project, and conducted several interviews in support of it. "It's really a great package," Micky told Examiner.com. "Over the years, I've had versions of those songs, one on a tape here, on a disc here, on a demo here," he said. "It's nice to have them all in one package."
Despite the lack of chart success for Micky's output during this era, the tracks are remarkably diverse and have stood the test of time. In the most recent Live Almanac poll, fans were asked to choose their two favorite songs from the collection, and "Oh Someone" took top honors. Written by Monkees associate (and Davy's stand-in on the TV show) David Price, the song is notable as the first collaboration between Micky and Peter since Peter left The Monkees in late 1968. Coincidentally, "Oh Someone" came together after a chance encounter Price had with Peter in 1971. The superb liner notes of the MGM Singles Collection, written by Mark Kleiner Biggar, elaborated on the meeting. "I was walking down the street in Hollywood when I looked up and there was Peter," said Price. "We hadn't seen each other in a while, and he said, 'I'm recording up at Micky's; why don't you come up?'" The song took a few hours to record, and featured Price on rhythm guitar, Peter on bass, and Micky behind the drums. A scorching lead guitar part by Price's friend B.J. Jones finished off the proceedings.
"Daybreak" was composed by Micky's close friend, Harry Nilsson. Nilsson, of course, had contributed "Cuddly Toy" and "Daddy's Song" to The Monkees years before, and both he and Micky were members of the infamous late night Los Angeles party group The Hollywood Vampires in the early 1970s. "Daybreak" featured former Monkees producer Chip Douglas on bass, who also compiled a video for the song that ultimately was not circulated at the time of the single's release in 1973. It surfaced on YouTube this past summer via Iain Lee as a promotional vehicle for the MGM Singles Collection.
You can order Micky Dolenz - The MGM Singles Collection on a couple of different formats. The gatefold vinyl LP is available on Amazon UK and via Amazon in the United States. The vinyl is also for sale (at a great price) through online retailer Ernie B's. You can also download it digitally on both Amazon and iTunes, with bonus tracks. And even better news, the MGM Singles Collection is slated for release on compact disc in the future!
The latest project from 7a Records showcases Bobby Hart's first solo album, which is also now available.
Here's the first email newsletter update from upstart record label 7a Records, which specializes in rare Monkees and Monkees-related releases. Subscribe to their newsletter! You'll see the opportunity to sign up at the bottom of their website.
I say morning because it is 5.47am here in the UK where 7a Records are based!
Thank you so much for signing up for our irregular newsletter about upcoming releases and events...yes, events!
We have 2 very exciting 7" vinyl singles coming soon....and an old favourite on CD...but as you probably know, our next release will be an expanded CD debut of 'The First Bobby Hart Solo Album' the lost Bobby Hart classic that had limited vinyl release in 1980.
We are hoping to have this exciting CD out BEFORE CHRISTMAS! Fingers crossed.
Right...have to go and do my radio show, this is a little testette to make sure the technology works.
More updates soon....
The brand new label with a mission of specializing in Monkees-related releases has launched a website. Iain and Glenn's first project, Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection, is now available. Click the image below to visit.
Micky's early 1970s singles, originally released on the MGM label, have been collected for the first time ever courtesy of Iain Lee and Glenn Gretlund, longtime Monkees fans and co-producers of Micky Dolenz - The MGM Singles Collection. You can order this release on a couple of different formats. A vinyl LP set is available on Amazon UK and via Amazon in the United States. The vinyl is also for sale through online retailer Ernie B's. And now, the collection is ready for download on both Amazon and iTunes, with bonus tracks!
To top off everything, the extremely informative liner notes for the MGM Singles Collection (written by Mark Kleiner Biggar) features rare and previously unseen photographs from iconic rock and Monkees photographer, Henry Diltz. The liner notes are worth the price alone.
The Monkees Live Almanac is proud to endorse this release. Be sure to check it out!
Here's the latest from Iain Lee and 7a Records, which was posted on Facebook earlier today:
Sorry again for the silence. Shh, I'm actually away on holiday and I'm stealing wi-fi...anyway...SO MANY GOOD THINGS HAPPENING and unfortunately I can't tell you about much of it at the moment.
Firstly, Micky Dolenz The MGM Singles Collection is being readied for digital release. The final stock of the vinyl records get shipped next month and then that is (probably - please don't be angry if we release more) it. The digital download will have a few bonus tracks including the full interview I conducted with Micky for the project, me being interviewed by Amanda Nazario for radio station WFMU discussing the project and a few different versions of one of the songs.
The CD release is still not definite but looking healthier each day.
Glenn has found a real holy grail for Dolenz collectors...something that I can guarantee NONE OF YOU HAVE HEARD. I can't say any more than that as we haven't received it yet and also we need to secure the rights to release it once we do. Could take a while.
The next release is looking very likely to be a Bobby Hart CD. Bobby has been impressed with the work we've done with Micky and we are discussing exactly how to proceed. He's digging out some master tapes for us and we are looking at how to convert these (if anyone can help....).
And finally, for now, we had a great meeting with someone very close to Davy. Again, don't want to say any more as anything is a long way off but we got on very well, had a great couple of hours chatting and it...well...let's just keep our fingers crossed.
Thanks for all of your support so far on our first record. The love and support has been absolutely overwhelming. We are really onto something very special here and 7a Records is looking like we might be able to what no other record company has managed in terms of releases...primarily because Glenn and I are huge fans and are not doing this to make a profit.
In this interview with Iain Lee, Peter talks about returning to the United Kingdom this fall, The Monkees' current turn as a duo, Michael's absence, his love for the road, and more. You can hear Peter beginning at 1:49:30.
For years, Monkees fans have clamored for compilations highlighting the solo efforts of Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter. Outside the readily available works of Michael Nesmith, and the reissue of Davy's albums from 1965 and 1971, little else can be found on the marketplace.
But now, Micky's early 1970s singles originally released on the MGM label are being collected for the first time ever. You can order Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection, a vinyl LP set, on Amazon UK and via Amazon in the United States. It's also available through online retailer Ernie B's, at a much better price. (A digital release is planned for a later date.)
A big thanks goes to both Iain Lee and Glenn Gretlund, co-producers of the MGM Singles Collection, for single-handedly making this project become a reality. To top off everything, the set features rare and previously unseen photographs from iconic rock and Monkees photographer, Henry Diltz.
Iain was kind enough to share with me the expertly crafted liner notes, written by Mark Kleiner Biggar, which are highly informative. And don't forget, Iain conducted an exclusive interview with Micky that appears in the gatefold.
In the meantime, check out this footage from Iain, who recently posted a video unveiling the package.
The set should be available on US Amazon soon...
"Our aim is to release obscure, rare, live or previously unreleased packages of songs or artists connected with
Thanks to Iain Lee for uploading the rare footage he put together for a special screening at the 2014 Monkees Convention. You'll see a lot of great stuff here, including Davy on The Roger Whittaker Show from the UK on June 22, 1971, and his appearance with U2 in Los Angeles in 1997. Be sure to head over to Monkee Bootlegs on Facebook and like the page. Iain has a lot of new material on the way!
Iain Lee of Monkee Bootlegs recently provided an update about his upcoming project, an official collection of Micky's early 1970s singles on MGM Records.
Just tidying up the transcript of the interview I conducted with Micky on the 17th. Man, it's good! Some great new stories from him. He seems to think Mama Cass is singing on "Oh Someone"...can anyone verify that?
He talks about having parties with Bolan, Lennon, Cass, and Brian Wilson round and just recording the whole thing...man...those tapes would be awesome!
Thanks for your patience on this...we really are in the home stretch now...promise...
Iain recently gave us a preview of the track listing by revealing a page from the booklet:
Chip Douglas is fondly remembered by Monkees fans as the producer of the group's two most acclaimed albums, Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., along with some of their best single sides, including "Daydream Believer," "Goin' Down," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Words," and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere."
Chip was a noted musician even before Michael Nesmith approached him about taking over the production reigns for The Monkees after the dismissal of Don Kirshner. As a member of the Modern Folk Quartet and then later briefly with the Gene Clark Group, Douglas subsequently joined The Turtles, performing on and arranging their classic 1967 track, "Happy Together."
In this exclusive interview for the Live Almanac conducted by British broadcaster and longtime Monkees fan Iain Lee, Chip broaches a wide range of topics in relation to his history with the group. When formulating the questions, it was my goal to move beyond discussion of the Headquarters era, which has been chronicled in great detail. As a result, Iain gets Chip to talk about the inspiration behind his song "Steam Engine" and the expensive recording sessions that surrounded it, as well as his memories of "Today" and "I'm a Man," two tracks recorded during his tenure with The Monkees that never received a proper vocal. The 1976 Dolenz/Jones/Tork Christmas single, working with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz in the early 1970s, Michael Nesmith's recording sessions, Peter Tork's reaction to Chip's role as Monkees producer, and much more are covered throughout the 30 minute conversation.
This interview has been in the planning stages since the summer of 2013, and I'm pleased that we are finally able to present it here on the Live Almanac's blog. I'd like to thank both Chie Hama, who played a key role in getting us in touch with Chip, and Iain for taking the time from his busy schedule to conduct the interview. And of course, thanks to Chip Douglas for being accessible to the fans and for all of his contributions to The Monkees and their recorded output.
Iain is currently working on another Monkees-related release, Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection, highlighting Micky's early 1970s solo singles. Be sure to check out the Facebook page for that project.
Enjoy the interview!
British broadcaster and longtime Monkees fan Iain Lee is working on an upcoming vinyl/digital release centered around Micky's MGM singles in the early 1970s. Earlier today, Iain shared a previously unseen 1973 Henry Diltz photograph of Micky with Chip Douglas and Red Rhodes (who, of course, was a member of Michael's First National Band).
Here's Iain message from Facebook:
Thanks so much everyone for sharing this page and encouraging people to come and look and like and join.
I did promise that when we reached 1,000 likers I would post a never before seen pic from the collection of renowned rock photographer and Monkee friend Henry Diltz.
Henry and Gary Strobl have been incredibly generous and are allowing Glenn and myself to use, I think, 13 previously unseen pics of Micky from the early 70's. These will be on the back cover, the inside of the gatefold and in the 8 page booklet as well as a few other treasures (mustn't give TOO much away).
So, here you go. No one has EVER seen this before. It's a pic taken on March 16th, 1973 at Gold Star Studios and shows Chip Douglas, Micky and Red Rhodes. A pretty magical trio.
We've got more great pics and surprises. We still don't have a release date but it SHOULD be out by the summer. There are a few things that Glenn and I are chasing. We were about to press in January and then something cropped up. Also, I am interviewing Micky in the next couple of weeks (sadly over the phone) for this and the Keep Off My Grass project.
Do keep sharing this page and posting on it.
Thanks for your support and patience.