Monkees fans didn't have a lot to complain about in 2010; Rhino Handmade released acclaimed box sets dedicated to the band's albums The Birds, The Bees and the Monkees and Head, while Micky Dolenz paid tribute to Carole King with his solo King for a Day. The news got even better as 2011 began, with Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork confirming the rumored plans that they would reunite for a 45th anniversary Monkees tour. (Michael Nesmith, as expected, chose to sit the May/June/July tour out.) Yet the Monkees catalogue, once sparklingly remastered and generously expanded by Rhino, was in a state of disarray, with many titles no longer available. Rhino itself reissued The Monkees, More of The Monkees, Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. in bare-bones, low-priced editions last month, dropping even the liner notes from the last Rhino expanded single-disc reissues. Friday Music will soon be coming to the rescue of some latter-day Monkees classics, however.
Full information isn't in yet, but Friday (known for both CD reissues and an impressive line of 180-gram vinyl reissues) has dropped tantalizing news on its Facebook page as to some Monkeemania to come. What do we know? The Monkees Present (1969) and Changes (1970) are coming on May 24, both freshly remastered by Friday's Joe Reagoso and with new liner notes. It appears that the track listings may be identical to the 1994 Rhino reissues produced by Bill Inglot and Andrew Sandoval, annotated by Sandoval and remastered by Inglot and Ken Perry.
This should be a perfect opportunity for fans who missed out on the exemplary Rhino discs, now out-of-print and fetching high prices. Even more exciting, though, is the not-too-subtle hint about a first-ever CD debut for Davy Jones' Colpix solo LP from 1965 (CP-493) with bonus tracks!
We'll let Friday take over from here via the label's Facebook page, and we'll be back to fill in the details and complete track listings as soon as they're officially released!
MONKEES REUNION PRE-RELEASE NEWS!!!! EXCLUSIVE MONKEES CD REISSUE: The Monkees Present will be available on May 24th! This 1969 pop masterpiece includes the great "Listen to the Band" as well as eleven more great Monkees tunes, plus 5 bonus tracks, original artwork elements and new liners and great mastering from the original Colgems Records tapes!
EVEN MORE MONKEES REUNION PRE-RELEASE NEWS!!!! EXCLUSIVE MONKEES CD REISSUE: Changes will be available on May 24th! This 1970 pop classic includes the great "Oh My My" as well as eleven more great Monkees hits, plus 3 bonus tracks including the super rare Bell Records 45 of "Do It in the Name Of Love." Original artwork elements, new liners and new impeccable mastering by Joe Reagoso from the original Colgems Records tapes make this a incredible revisit to MONKEEMANIA!
MORE MONKEEMANIA: [David Jones (yes, Davy Jones) and his first Colpix Records single "What Are We Going To Do"] was the first of several singles from his first album simply called DAVID JONES........hmmm....sounds interesting.....hmmm...it's never been on a CD before.....hmmmmmm......stay tuned!
[ David Jones.....now Davy Jones..."The Girl From Chelsea" written by David Gates of Bread] has never been officially released on any CD or LP....Released in 1966.......It would be a nice bonus track if someone ever decides to release his first album from Colpix......Hmmmmm......
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