This was a fun poll. Over 1,000 fans cast votes choosing their three favorite songs from The Monkees' first album without Peter Tork, 1969's Instant Replay. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her," "While I Cry," and "You and I" often traded places for the top slot. But in the end, it was Michael's plaintive ballad, "While I Cry," recorded at RCA Victor in Hollywood over two days in January 1968, that came away as the winner.
Honorable mention goes to the sometimes divisive "Shorty Blackwell," Micky's ode to his cat, which was the one track that slowly but surely gained steam as time passed, ultimately finishing with 7% of the vote.
Instant Replay is one of my favorite Monkees albums. I'll admit that I spent a lot of time examining the front and back cover of the LP in the '80s! How cool is it that we were actually treated to a 3-CD box set of this late period Monkees album by Rhino Handmade? Who would have thought?!
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!
I am currently looking for ads, reviews, promotional items and anything else related to the Instant Replay album. I'm also attempting some research on the inspiration for the album cover and how it was created. If you can assist in any of these things or more, please contact me by clicking here.
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Hopefully all of this will be the subject of a future blog post here on the Live Almanac website.
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!