The Monkees - Instant Replay (Deluxe Edition)
Instant Replay (Deluxe Edition)
- Release Date: 11/21/2011
- 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
- Features 45-rpm vinyl single of the one-of-a-kind acetate versions of "I Go Ape" and "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love"
Rhino Handmade hits rewind on INSTANT REPLAY for a triple-disc DELUXE EDITION packed with rarities, as well as 58 unreleased recordings, backing tracks and a generous selection of stereo and mono mixes for both album and non-album cuts. As a bonus, the set comes with a 45-rpm vinyl single that includes the one-of-a-kind acetate versions of "I Go Ape" and "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love." Arranged by mixes, the first disc is dedicated to stereo and contains a newly remastered and restored transfer of the original album, expanded with 16 other stereo mixes. Among the highlights are nearly all of Nesmith's highly coveted 1968 Nashville sessions. Also included for the first time is the 1968 mix of Dolenz's "Mommy And Daddy," a provocative, socially conscious anti-war song that was rewritten for 1969's The Monkees Present. Devoted entirely to mono, the second disc contains mixes for most of the album tracks, alongside rare and unreleased recordings. While The Monkees' original label Colgems ceased to issue true mono Monkees albums after THE BIRDS, THE BEES & THE MONKEES, most of INSTANT REPLAY's songs were originally mixed in this form, with many making their debut on this collection. The disc is further enhanced by period mono mixes of the never-before-heard backing tracks for "All The Grey Haired Men" (a song recorded for THE BIRDS, THE BEES&THE MONKEES, but never completed) and an early 1969 rendering of Michael Nesmith's "My Share Of The Sidewalk." The final disc takes you into the studio to hear the creative process behind INSTANT REPLAY. Highlights include alternate takes and backing tracks produced by studio whiz Bones Howe, who briefly worked with the group to create music for their television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, and for the single sides "Someday Man" (written by Paul Williams) and "A Man Without A Dream" (composed by Carole King with Gerry Goffin). The final tapes of Howe's productions for the television special have been lost since 1969, but Rhino Handmade has recovered all that remains of these legendary sessions. Included here are never-before-heard backing tracks for "String For My Kite," "Naked Persimmon" and "Goldie Locks Sometime,"as well as the completed versions from the only surviving video master of the special. Another unique entry in The Monkees reissue series, Rhino Handmade's Deluxe Edition of INSTANT REPLAY is beautifully packaged in an oversize box with mini-LP paper sleeve reproductions of the original cover art and vintage trade ads, rounded out by an in-depth essay by producer and Monkees aficionado Andrew Sandoval.