Late last year, fans pushed The Monkees over the top when the vinyl-only label Run Out Groove placed the group's 1966 eponymous debut album in the running to be pressed as an expanded deluxe edition double LP featuring previously unreleased songs and mixes. After some lengthy production delays, customers have started to receive their orders over the last couple of weeks.
Fast forward now to another vote, a different album, but the exact same results!
Earlier this summer, Run Out Groove conducted another contest to decide their next release, and this time The Monkees' sophomore album, More Of The Monkees, claimed victory and is now set to receive the same deluxe style treatment as The Monkees.
Pre-orders are now open until August 17, 2021 for two different versions of the album, which include a standard black vinyl pressing as well as a limited edition transparent green vinyl edition. More details can be found below, along with links to pre-order. (UPDATE 7/28/2021: According to Monkees.com, the release date for the green vinyl edition is set for April 15, 2022.)
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Last October, fans pushed The Monkees over the top when the vinyl-only label Run Out Groove placed the group's 1966 debut album in the running to be pressed as an expanded deluxe edition double LP featuring previously unreleased songs and mixes. Though that release (in both yellow and black vinyl) has been delayed until July 9, Monkees enthusiasts now have the opportunity to vote once again, this time for the group's #1 multi-platinum sophomore album, More of the Monkees, to also be issued as an expanded 2-LP set.
Run Out Groove has provided more details about this proposed release, including a track listing:
The Monkees have some competition for Run Out Groove's next project, so be sure to cast your vote by July 18:
UPDATE 7/19/2021: More of the Monkees has won the vote and is now available to pre-order!
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On this edition of THE RHINO PODCAST, host Dennis is in the booth with the one and only Micky Dolenz and Monkees reissue producer Andrew Sandoval to talk playing concerts in supermarket parking lots, Don Kirshner, JC Penney, long hair, Look Magazine, and why only 12 tracks originally made it on to MORE OF THE MONKEES. Find out what was left on the cutting room floor and how you can now hear those songs when you tune in.
Here's a piece of memorabilia from the Netherlands featuring an image from the JCPenney photo shoot, and is courtesy of Iris' Little Monkees Corner. As everyone knows, a photo from this session eventually graced the cover of The Monkees' second album, More Of The Monkees.
Click each photo below to listen to some interesting and informative discussions about The Monkees' 1966 recording sessions:
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The super deluxe edition of The Monkees' sophomore album, More Of The Monkees, is now available! Limited to 4,500 numbered copies and boasting 91 tracks (55 of them previously unreleased), including the original mono and stereo mixes, alternate takes, backing tracks, and remixes, the set also contains highlights from The Monkees' January 21, 1967 concert at Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval, who produced the box for Rhino Records, was enthused about its release when speaking to Monkees.com last month. "This is the most exciting archival dig through The Monkees' vault since 2009's The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees deluxe edition. Every track is newly mastered for this set; the live material is the most historically significant of their career."
A special 7" vinyl single with accompanying picture sleeve, "I'm A Believer" (remix) / "(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” (vocals only), is also a part of the package and is shrink-wrapped inside the box.
Below you can see the front and back cover of the expansive booklet, featuring a newly written essay by Andrew Sandoval. You can order the More Of The Monkees super deluxe edition from Monkees.com.
As you can see, I received box #788:
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