Courtesy of the Michael Nesmith Fan Page on Facebook, we are able to take a look at the recent yellow vinyl reissue of The Monkees Present by Friday Music.
Several other Monkees albums have recently been released on vinyl by Friday Music, including Instant Replay, Changes, Pool It! and Justus.
On a side note, I've read less than stellar reviews of the packaging for both Instant Replay and Justus (grainy photos, etc.) that I've decided to skip these items (though apparently they do sound fine). If Friday Music does it right all around, I'll be interested.
Still no word on the Justus CD/DVD deluxe edition (though Friday Music still advertises it on their website), but they do have a few other Monkees products that are hitting the market.
Justus has been released on 180 Gram audiophile clear vinyl by Friday Music. The 1996 Monkees album has never previously been available on vinyl. The LP is being advertised as a limited edition release and includes a gatefold album cover featuring photos from the recording sessions and lyrics. The album is also available for purchase on Amazon.
Please check out the 1996 tour page. The tour summary has been largely expanded to include a more detailed look at how the 30th Anniversary unfolded, including Michael Nesmith's participation. There are also a few new pictures in the photo gallery.
I also updated the first paragraph on the 1986 Reunion Tour page to clarify Mike's inability to join the 20th Anniversary reunion.
Check out the 1989 North American/Japanese tour as well for some new pictures in the photo gallery there.
Still no word on the latest round of Monkees releases from Friday Music, including the Justus deluxe and the vinyl editions of Instant Replay and Justus. Their website pictures these items prominently on their homepage, but provides no other information.
I've had a few emails and/or blog comments about Friday Music and the status of the vinyl releases for Instant Replay and Justus, as well as the Justus CD/DVD deluxe edition. Their website advertises all of these products, but gives little other information. A while back, it was announced that these products would be available this summer. I'll update the blog as needed on these items.
Micky will soon be on the road with the Happy Together tour. Check out the dates here. Tickets are now available for the shows Mike is performing in the UK. No word on any U.S. appearances.
Here are the latest updates to the site. You'll also notice that I've rearranged some of the tops of the tour pages.
1. 1968 Far East Tour (new pictures in the gallery from the Sydney press conference...first time I have ever seen these! Thanks, Tom.)
2. Salt Lake City '68 (new photos in the gallery)
3. 1989 European Tour (the summary was revamped and pictures were added to the photo gallery)
4. 1989 North American/Japanese Tour (new pictures in the gallery plus new information in the tour summary)
5. 1989 Universal Amphtitheatre (photos added to the gallery)
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Here's what they have to say:
MONKEEMANIA continues at Friday Music…This Summer…for the first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, a LIMITED EDITION RED VINYL pressing of the classic 1969 Monkees album INSTANT REPLAY.
For this special event, and to enhance your listening pleasure, we will be presenting this limited edition masterpiece also in a first time a Gatefold cover!
As always, we strive to make our legendary releases from The Monkees sound and look great as we used the original Colgems tapes in the mastering of this wonderful album.
Over the years, I have often told the guys that this was always one of my favorites in their large catalog of music…the great song selection and artistry within speaks for itself, plus I remember being a little kid and seeing it on the rack and grabbing it and The Beatles Lady Madonna single the same day! Records like these have staying power in my memory, and probably to a lot the Monkees fans too!
When you think of folks like Neil Young playing guitar on Davy Jones’ classic You and I, Neil Sedaka producing and playing piano on The Girl I Left Behind Me, Carole King, Glen Campbell, Bones Howe, one after another collaborating with the guys, or the groundbreaking Nashville recordings of Michael Nesmith with Don’t Wait For Me, it just makes this album all that much more important of a listen.
Although he left the band after Head, Peter Tork is still found playing guitar I Won’t Be The Same Without Her. Plus the return of Boyce and Hart…well…Through The Looking Glass, Tear Drop City truly made these Micky Dolenz tracks the classic album it is today…..and of course the Davy Jones’ vocal work on the ballad Don’t Listen To Linda...well…it’s Davy Jones…what a great great talent he still is to all of us.
Street Date looks like early July....
I can't wait....I love this album.
More to come... I promise.
If you are on the fence about picking up Davy's The Bell Recordings, Friday Music did a nice job with it. It sounds good, and it's also the first time the 1971 album has been available on CD.
Some new photos can be found in the galleries in the following sections: 1967 North American/British (including two pictures of Mike Nesmith wearing a black armband in support of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards over drug charges), 1986 North American and 1996 North American. The '96 page has two great Henry Diltz photos of the quartet that I had never previously seen (thanks to Psycho Jello). Here's a preview of one!