MOJO: "The Monkees Present is far too weird and strange to be dismissed as merely OK. It’s one of the great damaged wonders of late ’60s pop. Seek it out."
Mojo talks late era Monkees in an article that can be read by clicking on the image below:
Thanks to Al Bigley for the submission!
I believe (but am not certain) that two music magazines have reviewed the box set to date. If that's so, and you can scan the other review for the Live Almanac, please contact me.
I thought these images might come in handy for those of you who would like to use them for your iTunes library...
Two sets were delivered this afternoon via UPS...the one included in the VIP package for the 2013 tour, and a second purchased separately from Rhino Records.
Based on the tracking information provided in the email I received, I think there's a good chance the box could arrive via UPS by tomorrow. This set is limited to 5,000 copies, and over half of them have already been sold. Purchase yours here. And for more details about The Monkees Present deluxe edition, check out all previously related blog posts about it here.
Is it just me or did Rhino misspell premiere on this banner? Anyway, click to hear the sample at Monkees.com...
Micky speaks about his musical influences, songwriting, Circus Boy, and looks back at his song "Mommy and Daddy" in a new interview with Examiner.com. Note that Micky says he played drums (and piano) on "Mommy and Daddy," apparently allowing us to add this song to the list of tracks where Micky was the drummer in the studio after the Headquarters sessions (the others being "The Door Into Summer" and "Cuddly Toy"). Fans have long speculated that Micky drummed on "Mommy and Daddy" as it sounds like his playing style, and Andrew Sandoval's book credits Micky as "possibly" playing drums on it (most likely because the session logs were incomplete or missing). It will be interesting to see if Andrew has updated the personnel listing for "Mommy and Daddy" in the upcoming deluxe edition of The Monkees Present.
I love that song. I wrote it on my mom’s old piano at my little house up in Laurel Canyon. I don’t remember what exactly inspired me. I am part Native American Indian on my mom’s side. I was supporting their cause in the late ‘60s, which might have had something to do with it. It’s kind of a musical cousin to “Randy Scouse Git” in terms of the protest angle.
Besides my vocals, I played drums and piano [August 1968] on the song and intended to include it on Instant Replay, our first album released after Peter left the band. However, Screen Gems music coordinator Lester Sill deemed my lyrics (e.g. “Ask your mommy and daddy who really killed J.F.K.?... Ask your mommy if she really gets off on all her pills”) too controversial for our teenage audience. These days it’s not so shocking.
I’m eternally grateful that Mike encouraged me not to abandon the song, so I eventually rewrote it. The record label decided that it was acceptable, and it was finally released on our penultimate Colgems album, The Monkees Present [October 1969] in addition to being the B-side of Mike’s “Good Clean Fun.” The original, unedited version appeared decades later on the reissue of Monkees Present [Note: a lavish three-CD deluxe set chronicling the album sessions is slated for mid-August].
I’ve sang it a few times in concert, but that would have been a long, long time ago. I haven’t performed it recently. But never say never [laughs]. I always thought “Mommy and Daddy” was one of my best.
Not much of a review and it's short on details, but here you go...
Monkees.com is streaming another track from The Monkees Present deluxe box that will be released in August. You can listen to an alternate mix of Michael's "Little Red Rider" here.
Rhino has also updated the artwork, which can be seen to the left.
Here's Andrew Sandoval pictured with printer's proof sheets for The Monkees Present deluxe edition package. Sandoval is producing the set, a 3-CD collection featuring the original album remastered, never before heard songs, backing tracks and alternate versions.
The shipping date has been pushed back to August 13. Pre-orders are available here.
Monkees.com posted the following today:
We're setting the mood with the exclusive premiere of a never-before-released version of Davy Jones' tender ballad "French Song (Rough Mono Mix)."
The evocative number is just one of 60 previously unreleased tracks featured on the 3-CD, 85-song boxed set THE MONKEES PRESENT (DELUXE EDITION). Newly re-mastered and expanded, THE MONKEES PRESENT (DELUXE EDITION) is packed with previously unheard songs, alternate versions and backing tracks from the original master tapes. Limited to 5,000 individually numbered boxes, it also includes an exclusive bonus 7" vinyl single for "Good Clean Fun (Alternate Mix)" b/w "Mommy and Daddy (Mono Mix)" in a picture sleeve.
THE MONKEES PRESENT ships in late July, but is available now for pre-order exclusively at Monkees.com. This box is not available from any store or other online retailer and is sure to sell out, so reserve your copy now.
The track listing for disc three of the upcoming Monkees Present deluxe edition has changed slightly. "How Insensitive," which appeared on the expanded Instant Replay, has been removed and replaced with a 1969 rough stereo mix of "Steam Engine."
To see the full, updated track listing, click here.