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!
The Polyphonic Spree made a guest appearance with Micky and Peter during the encore of last night's show at the Moseley Folk Festival in Birmingham, England. The Polyphonic Spree have been covering "Porpoise Song" in concert for several years, and were also featured on the festival's bill, which took place over three days this past weekend. The Monkees headlined the festival's final evening. (I posted the set list from the show earlier.)
You can also see footage of the performance on The Monkees Tour Facebook page.
Here's another promotional appearance for the UK dates that aired on September 1. During it, Micky announced that The Monkees TV series will be coming on Blu-ray next year, calling it a "big, beautiful box set."