This song (not to be confused with "You and I" from The Monkees' Instant Replay LP) was written by Davy and Micky and appeared on the 1996 Monkees reunion album, Justus...the last to feature all four Monkees.
The song originally appeared on the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & HartLP in 1976, and was the B-side to the "I Remember the Feeling" single.
The Monkees famously closed their second season Christmas episode with a performance of "Riu Chiu," a traditional Spanish carol dating from the 16th century.
An official studio version was recorded in October 1967, featuring Monkees producer Chip Douglas on vocals who was substituting for an absent Davy Jones. It went unreleased until 1990's Missing Links Volume Two.
It is likely that The Monkees learned the song from Chip Douglas, who himself performed it with his former band The Modern Folk Quartet on their 1964 album Changes.
Monkees.com is previewing another clip from the restoration process of The Monkees television show currently underway in preparation of the forthcoming Blu-ray box set. Check out this before-and-after look at "The Frodis Caper," the last original Monkees episode ever aired, which was also co-written and directed by Micky Dolenz.
Is "The Frodis Caper" one of your favorite Monkees episodes? Dig back into the Live Almanac's archives for more:
The most recent Live Almanac poll asks Monkees fans to select their two favorite songs from the recent 7a Records release, Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection. Being a fan of Micky's early 1970s singles myself, I was thrilled with this release - the first time Micky's MGM era singles had been officially collected. On top of that, the songs were sourced from the original master recordings. One track that got my vote was the 1972 single "Unattended in the Dungeon," written by Bobby Jones and produced by Michael Lloyd, who also produced the three 1986 Monkees reunion songs. The video below for "Unattended" features inferior audio, but it sounds much better on the MGM Singles Collection, which is available on vinyl, iTunes, and soon, compact disc!
Don't forget to vote for your selections in the poll located in the blog sidebar (to the right).
Last month, I highlighted the many versions of Michael's song, "Nine Times Blue." I neglected to include the one he recorded for his very first solo album, The Wichita Train Whistle Sings, an all instrumental orchestral affair that hit shelves in 1968. I can't believe I forgot it - it's one of my favorites from the Wichita LP. Thanks to Brian for reminding me of my omission!
This message and video was posted on the official Monkees YouTube channel today:
Side-by-side comparison of episode 54, "Monkees In Paris" - the previously released version is on the left, the newly restored HD version is on the right. THE COMPLETE SERIES is coming to Blu Ray in glorious high definition January 2016! Pre-order only at Monkees.com – not sold in any other store!
The newly restored version still needs to be properly matted and have the edges cleaned up (to remove hair in the gate, etc.), but we couldn't wait to share it with you!