Here's the description of the video from YouTube:
Taken from the 7a Records release 'Micky Dolenz - The MGM Singles Collection,' Daybreak is a great solo record from the former Monkee.
Written and produced by Harry Nilsson, Daybreak is a lost classic surely ranks up there as one of the great singles from the 70s.
This rare promotional video is directed by Micky and features a guest cameo from Harry Nilsson himself. It has been lovingly restored by film archivist Robert Reinstein. Many thanks, Robert!
Micky Dolenz - The MGM Singles Collection is a limited edition vinyl release on the 7a Records label. It comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve and has a 12 page booklet that has over a dozen previously unseen pics from the legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz.
The set should be available on US Amazon soon...
Here's an update from Iain Lee concerning the latest about the project:
Getting SO SO SO CLOSE!
We have a cheeky logo for our record label 7a Records. Thanks to album cover designer Scott Balcony for this. It's double exciting because we have more releases planned...
The cover has to be given the thumbs up by Universal Records. That will be sent to them next week and we don't foresee any problems. It is absolutely stunning. Really, I am so moved by it. Scott has done a bloody amazing job.
The 12 page booklet is being proof read, the thank you's are being triple checked (I hope we remember everyone) and the colour of the vinyl has been agreed.
We have got copies of all but 2 of the tracks from the mix down masters. They sound AMAZING especially the Starship tracks. The final 2 tracks have been sourced and cleaned up by Scott. THESE ARE NOT THE VERSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DOING THE ROUNDS FOR A WHILE. You will never have heard any of these songs sounding so good.
Thanks for your patience. I know some of you were rightfully wary that we wouldn't be releasing anything different from the boots out there. We weren't sure for a while BUT this is going to sound incredible.
Once EVERYTHING has been sorted and given the thumbs up, then the album gets sent off to be pressed. Pressing takes 60 days so I hesitantly suggest we could be looking at late July but please don't hold me to that.
THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING!
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:
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.
This really is a labour of love, we aren't doing this for profit, but because this is the album that Glenn and I would want to buy. It doesn't exist so we are making it!
I have to stress, this will be a legitimate, licenced released with Micky's blessing.
So, 800 likes and as I promised, here is the cover.
It's a slight cheat. It's not a period picture BUT it is just so gorgeous. Most of you will have seen this pic before but not in this perfect quality. Blown up to record sleeve size it looks absolutely stunning and the hi res image comes from Henry Diltz himself.
The whole gatefold sleeve package is designed by British artist Scott Balcony who also runs a T-shirt printing business (www.balconyshirts.co.uk). He's a real talent and I know Nez did approach him about making some tour shirts for him. That never happened but I'm so lucky that Scott managed to find time to design this cover.
So, if we get to 900 likes, I'll post a taster of the booklet...a really well researched essay about Micky in the early '70s.
1000 likes will get you a never before seen pic of Micky, taken by Mr. Diltz, from the early 70's.
Keep coming back for more updates.
Thanks for your support,
Here's one from the Live Almanac's YouTube channel. The "Buddy Holly Tribute" single was released in 1974 on the MGM-related label, Romar. It features a medley of some of Holly's best known songs: "Peggy Sue"/"Every Day"/"Maybe Baby"/"That'll Be the Day."
The photo is of John Lennon, Anne Murray, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper, and Micky at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles in 1974.
Don't forget about one of Iain Lee's current projects, Micky Dolenz - The MGM Singles Collection. Iain recently posted a message on the official Facebook page related to the Singles Collection:
OK, Christmas and the New Year are OVER!
That means we can crack on with this.
I am chasing up the album cover today. I've also chased up via email the interview with Micky. Hopefully it will happen this month.
I'll have a chat with Glen today about the booklet.
Need to have a little conversation with someone who MAY have better source material...can't say too much about this at the mo.
We are yay close. I am hoping we can get this record out by the end of March/start of April.
Not long to go now. Just one final push and we are there.
A brand new page on Facebook has been created for an upcoming LP/digital collection of the singles Micky released on the MGM label in the 1970s. This would be the first official release of these recordings since that time. According to Iain Lee, who is co-producing the project, Micky has agreed to be interviewed for the liner notes.
Courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel, check out this rare recording of Micky singing his 1971 single, "Oh Someone," live (to a backing track) on The Larry Kane Show in Houston, Texas in 1971.
Iain Lee over at Monkee Bootlegs has been working to independently release two projects centered around Micky Dolenz. The first is a DVD release (along with British/American screenings) of the 1972 film, Keep Off My Grass. The second is a collection of the singles Micky released on the MGM label in the 1970s. Iain posted very encouraging updates on both projects today on Facebook:
A quick update on the two Dolenz projects I am working on...
Keep Off My Grass - this is moving on apace. Busy discussing the ins and outs with Mr Albert J Saltzer, the producer, and his team. While this is going on, I am currently in the process of sending the DVD to a talented film maker and restorer in the hope he can work some magic on it. Fingers crossed.
The final product will be a DVD, hopefully with a few extras on there. Ideally an interview with Dolenz from 1972, a recent interview, possibly a short film charting how this film came to be discovered and restored...and that's it so far unless anybody out there has ANYTHING that could be used. Do email me if you can help.
You will have the option of buying just the DVD or the DVD and a repro copy of the movie one sheet poster. Possibly signed by Micky...this will be VERY rare and limited in number.
I have now got permission to hold a screening in London.
I am not doing this to make profit. I want to break even. Any profits will go to Mr. Saltzer. If I CAN make any money from it I will put that towards travelling to the states for a screening in NY and possibly LA.
This is all being done BY ME! I am a dad of 2 with a full time job working for the BBC in the UK. So it will take some time, especially when it gets to actually sending out the DVD's (I can imagine my bedroom floor covered with envelopes - unless of course anyone wants to help) I am hoping to get this done and available by Christmas...but do keep in mind I am a one man band right now!
The second project is the Dolenz MGM singles release. I now have the thumbs up from Universal to release the 10 songs Micky released for MGM, including the 2 Starship songs. This will just be the songs Micky RELEASED. I have not been able to source any unreleased stuff...yet...
Also, the master tapes are long since gone so they will come from the best audio that is available. Scott Erickson has spent a lot of time and energy sourcing the best quality versions of these out there and doing some wonderful work in cleaning them up. They will sound as good as they possibly can given what we have.
We have rights to release a vinyl LP and a digital download. Just waiting for the paperwork to see if we have CD rights.
This package is hopefully going to be f****** beautiful. We really want this to be something special There will at least be some detailed and new liner notes, ideally though we'd like to include a booklet. It all comes down to budget. Again, I'm not in this for money. I want to break even and I am investing a significant amount of my own money to make this happen. A bit of a gamble...but if it goes well this could be the first of a series of releases.
I am confident this will be better than some of the other Monkee reissues that are out there.
If anyone can help or has any thoughts or suggestions, good or bad, then please do leave your comments here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, I need to start getting word out about this. I'd appreciate it if you can get this to as many Monkee related FB sites out there and any there relevant bodies who may be interested.
I am dead excited!
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