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!
The first ad below was published in the February 15, 1969 issue of Billboard and the second ad on March 1, 1969. Thanks to JDistheone for the uploads!
Don't forget to pre-order the Instant Replay deluxe edition from Rhino here.
I added two new pictures in the 1986 20th Anniversary Tour section (at the bottom of the page right above the two YouTube videos) as well as a picture of the Monkees onstage in the 1969 North American Tour section (also at the bottom of the page, next to the concert ticket).
Click hereto read about the upcoming Instant Replay deluxe edition, to hear song samples and to pre-order. The release date is November 21, 2011. Per Rhino, the deluxe box will feature the following:
3 CDs featuring 87 tracks including 58 previously unreleased recordings, backing tracks and a generous selection of stereo and mono mixes for both album and non-album cuts
A 45-rpm vinyl single of the one-of-a-kind acetate versions of "I Go Ape" and “(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love”
Andrew Sandoval, who produced the set, posted the following on his Facebook page:
"...the 33 1/3 tracks came out better than expected as far as recovering audio from different acetate and video sources....the Changes multitracks are still missing...very surprised just how much interest there is in this release, but I will say if you are a big fan, a lot of previously unheard material/mixes and unseen photos."
Finally, courtesy of BenB5150 at the Steve Hoffman forums, here's a Facebook posting by the artist who designed the shadow box, Steve Stanley:
"It's actually a shadow box design whereby the three primary "elements" are on three separate layers. The base layer is the multicolored collage; the next layer is the three center photos from the original 1969 LP; and the top layer is the text. If you turn the box to its side, you can see beneath the top two layers.
By the way, the image you see here is a prototype. The cover image on the finished product won't have that milky sheen to it."
Just to note: the sound samples on the Rhino pre-order page are not correct as of this writing. I'm sure they will be fixed shortly.
Go ahead and place your order! This is sure to be another first class Rhino product.
The clear vinyl limited edition release of the Head soundtrack on Rhino Handmade (mentioned in yesterday's blog post) sold out its 500 copies in one day. (There will be a regular edition available at retail on October 25, 2011.) Here's what was posted on The Monkees' official Facebook page as a result:
You guys are the greatest! All 500 copies of the Rhino.com clear vinyl exclusive of HEAD on vinyl sold out in just one day! The regular version will be available to retail on Oct. 25. This sold so fast, we may need to see an INSTANT REPLAY...hmmm...
Speaking of, I updated the LINKS section of this website with a link for The Monkees' official page on Facebook.