Friday Music has re-released the 2007 Rhino deluxe version of Headquarters. Packaged in a jewel case, the original stereo and mono albums are included, along with an abundance of bonus tracks, all spread out over two discs. It is available on Amazon, and the Steve Hoffman Music Forum is discussing the sound of the reissue and more here.
"Friday Music is once again very honored to announce the continuation of The Monkees Friday Music Deluxe Edition Series with the first time CD & DVD release of their 1996 masterwork Justus. Mastered by Joe Reagoso (The Monkees/Elvis Presley/Brian Wilson) from the original analog Rhino Records tapes at Friday Music Studios, this legendary release is also for a very short time being offered with a limited edition first time ever DVD of the super rare Rhino Home Video."
There is no firm date listed for its release, but the site allows you to add it to your shopping cart and purchase it. Nothing alerts you that it isn't ready for shipping right now, so either it is available or one can assume it will be shipping shortly. (I did not complete the order so I'm not sure of any steps beyond the process of adding it to your cart. Please contact me if you purchased it and have more details.) For what it's worth, Amazon.com shows no listing for the deluxe edition as of this blog post.
According to their website, the Justus package will include "a colorful CD folder, Monkees memorabilia, interesting liner notes and new interview commentary from Micky Dolenz."
I'll post more details, including a firm release date, once they are available.
UPDATE 4/3/13: Friday Music's Facebook page lists a May 28, 2013 release date for their Justus deluxe CD/DVD package.
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.
Clear vinyl (Photo courtesy Michael Nesmith Fan Page on Facebook)
The gatefold cover (Photo courtesy Steve Hoffman Music Forums)
I just noticed on Amazon that the Instant Replay limited edition 180 gram red vinyl is now shipping. (Friday Music's website is still not updated.) It features a gatefold cover, which looks awful. Why didn't they use photos from the '69 era? Instead we get pictures and lyrics from the back cover of an '80s Japanese release of the album, complete with Japanese writing.
I'm also reading reviews that the back cover of the gatefold is dark and grainy, though the front cover appears sharp. Check it out below. Thumbs down. I actually just cancelled my order. (Thanks to JDistheone at the Steve Hoffman forums for the images below.)
My suggestion: if you want to check out a special release for Instant Replay, stick with Rhino's deluxe edition. Well worth it!
On a brighter note, check out this post from Nez and be sure to take a look at the big update for the 1997 US Tour page:
To my everlasting delight, gratitude – and relief -- the show I am doing October 29th at Queen Elizabeth Hall has sold out!
I am so happy and excited to be performing there, and am thinking of doing a second show in London due to the demand.
I’ll keep posting here about where and when the second show will be – if it happens.
I am elated and optimistic about my trip there in October and happily anticipate seeing Glasgow and Manchester and London again, maybe even a little social visit to Edinburgh and Dublin to check in with friends.
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.)
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.
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!
This Tuesday (April 24) will see the release of Davy's 1971 solo album for the first time ever on compact disc. Friday Music, who is overseeing the release, has added bonus tracks to the original album, including "Girl" and "I'll Believe in You," two singles from the same era. The CD also contains mono versions of some of the album's songs. The moderate hit "Rainy Jane" comes from this album, and David Gates, who wrote "Saturday's Child" for The Monkees, contributes the song "Look at Me." The disc, The Bell Recordings, is charting admirably at Amazon, and as of this writing is #26 in the Classic Rock albums category, and #284 in overall music sales.
This Tuesday, Friday Music is also re-releasing The Monkees' 1987 album, Pool It!, as a deluxe edition with bonus DVD. There are no bonus tracks on the CD, and the DVD will contain Rhino's Heart and Soul: The Official Monkees Videography, originally released in 1988 and never before available on DVD. The videography contains all of the music videos for the Pool It! album ("Heart and Soul," "Every Step of the Way," and "Don't Bring Me Down") as well as a live video clip of "Last Train to Clarksville" with audio from the '86 tour and various footage in the video from the '86 and '87 tours, as well as other sources. Scattered through the approximately 40 minute long video is interview footage with Micky, Davy and Peter (sitting together for the interviews), Kellogg's commercials, some footage and skits from the '87 tour (including Peter playing "Cripple Creek" in Las Vegas at the end of the '87 tour) and more. Finally, the liner notes for the CD, which is being advertised as 'remastered,' is supposed to include recent comments about Pool It! by Micky Dolenz. As of this writing, the deluxe edition Pool It! is ranked #1,395 in overall music sales at Amazon.
Time.com recently posted a story in support of The Monkees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's a good read, and you can check it out here.
Don't forget about Friday's blog post below with photos from the recent private memorial that was held to honor Davy Jones. (The post was updated on Saturday with additional photos added to the original post.)