Per a request, here are the CD sleeves for the Instant Replay deluxe edition. (Sleeves for the Birds, Bees and Head sets will be posted shortly.) These might come in handy for your iTunes library, too!
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This ad was submitted to the Live Almanac, and after checking with JD at Monkee45s.net, he thinks it could be from Record World magazine (but both of us aren't 100% sure), circa late February to March 1969. It also appeared in the packaging of the Instant Replay deluxe edition.
From Rhino's Monkees Facebook page, posted yesterday (11/21/2011):
Hi, all - just to address any concerns, there was a possible delay in shipping INSTANT REPLAY (DELUXE EDITION) on the original date of 11/22, so the site shipping date was changed to reflect this. However, we're happy to report there is no delay and this will in fact begin shipping tomorrow!
Just to clarify yesterday's blog post, I am assuming that the reason for the one week delay for the Instant Replay box could be due to the fact that Andrew Sandoval acquired superior masters for some of the 33 1/3 tracks, but again, it's just speculation based on his post on Facebook. Still no official email from Rhino to those who pre-ordered the set announcing a delay.
Today's Instant Replay-themed update features both sides of the picture sleeve for the only single released from the album, "Teardrop City"/"A Man Without a Dream." Also, courtesy of this page, a rare ad for the "Teardrop City" single from Record Trade Magazine. (Thanks to JDistheone over at the SH Forums for the "Teardrop City" picture sleeve scans.)
Finally, the last picture is courtesy of Rhino's Monkees Facebook page and features the inside cover of the upcoming Instant Replay box set (which was also the cover of the 1969 tour book).
Though I haven't received an official email from Rhino, the ordering page for the deluxe sethas changed its release date from 11/22/2011 to 11/29/2011. So, it appears we'll have to wait an extra week for the set. This is most likely due to new and improved audio sources being found by producer Andrew Sandoval for tracks from the TV special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. Sandoval noted the following this weekend on his Facebook page:
"I was able to access a new source for the audio of the 33 1/3 special at the last moment which was an improvement. However, due to time and space issues (every disc of this set is maxed out) only so much could be restored, recovered and replayed."
Perhaps space issues is the reason why "I'm a Believer" and "Listen to the Band" from 33 1/3 aren't being included on this Instant Replay set. Hopefully we'll hear the other upgraded 33 1/3 audio on a future box set.
Don't forget to check yesterday's blog post for a picture of what's inside the Instant Replay deluxe edition. It looks great!
In the meantime, here's another Instant Replay picture to hold you over (courtesy of Ed over at the SH Forums). The original Colgems cassette!