Originally recorded in October 1966, "Tear Drop City" (written and produced by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart) didn't see official release until it was selected as the first post-Peter Tork Monkees single in February 1969. The flip side, "A Man Without a Dream," was written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and produced by Bones Howe. Both songs appeared on the 1969 album Instant Replay.
("Tear Drop City" picture sleeve)
Micky, Davy, and Michael were guests on Glen Campbell's variety show on February 5, 1969. The trio performed "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Salesman" live and lip-synced their brand new single "Tear Drop City." The trio's entire appearance from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour will soon be made available on the upcoming Monkees Blu-ray box set!
Here's the mono promotional single mix of "A Man Without a Dream."
Here's a cool find from JD over at Monkee45s. He recently posted a collection of United Kingdom press releases for Monkees albums. Here's one for Instant Replay, and note the mention of Sam & The Goodtimers:
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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!