Instant Replay (The Monkees album)

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Instant Replay
Studio album by The Monkees
ReleasedFebruary 15, 1969
Recorded1966 - 1968
GenrePop rock
Length30:02
LabelColgems (original US release)
RCA (original release--rest of the world)
Rhino (1985 LP reissue + 1995 & 2011 CD reissues)
ProducerMicky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Neil Sedaka, Carole Bayer Sager
The Monkees chronology
Head
(1968)
Instant Replay
(1969)
Greatest Hits
(1969)
Cover for Rhino CD Reissue
 
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Instant Replay
Studio album by The Monkees
ReleasedFebruary 15, 1969
Recorded1966 - 1968
GenrePop rock
Length30:02
LabelColgems (original US release)
RCA (original release--rest of the world)
Rhino (1985 LP reissue + 1995 & 2011 CD reissues)
ProducerMicky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Neil Sedaka, Carole Bayer Sager
The Monkees chronology
Head
(1968)
Instant Replay
(1969)
Greatest Hits
(1969)
Cover for Rhino CD Reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
iTunes Store4/5 stars [2]
Swaptree(Favorable Review)[citation needed]

Instant Replay is the seventh studio album by The Monkees. Issued six months after the cancellation of the group's NBC television series, it is also the first album released after Peter Tork left the group and the only album of the original nine studio albums that does not include any songs featured in the TV show from the original NBC run nor the CBS/ABC reruns.

History[edit]

Although the Monkees had recorded dozens of tracks between the time of their last studio album, spring 1968's The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees (a soundtrack LP from their film Head had been released between the two studio LPs), several of the songs on Instant Replay actually dated from sessions up to two and a half years earlier.

The band's new music supervisor, Brendan Cahill, believed that releasing previously unused tracks recorded in 1966—prior to the group's seizing control of their own recording process—was the way for the group to get back to the top. The album's lead single, "Tear Drop City," was one of the songs taken from the vault. The song was sped up around 9% from the original recording, changing the song's key from G to A-flat. The single, notably similar to the group's first hit "Last Train to Clarksville", was identified by Mike Nesmith as their intended first single back in 1966. The track was not a major hit, only managing to reach #56 on the US charts, while reaching #34 in Australia. Despite the single's poor chart performance, the album itself reached the top 40 at #32.

Micky Dolenz's "Just a Game" had originally been written during the sessions of the Headquarters album, while Nesmith's "Don't Wait for Me" was the first released product of his 1968 sessions with Nashville studio musicians. Davy Jones' "You and I," with its lyrics bemoaning the fickle pace of teen stardom, featured guitar work from Neil Young.

Production notes[edit]

Two songs from these sessions, "A Man Without a Dream" and "Someday Man" (later issued as the b-side of the "Listen to the Band" single) were produced by Bones Howe and recorded at Wally Heider's Studio. Howe brought in Wrecking Crew musicians including Tommy Tedesco (guitar), Joe Osborn (bass) and Hal Blaine (drums) and a nine-piece horn section. Despite having already quit the group, Peter Tork makes an appearance on this album by playing guitar on "I Won't Be the Same Without Her."

Original album track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Through the Looking Glass" (Red Baldwin/Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
  2. "Don't Listen to Linda" (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
  3. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)
  4. "Just a Game" (Micky Dolenz)
  5. "Me Without You" (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
  6. "Don't Wait for Me" (Michael Nesmith)

Side 2[edit]

  1. "You and I" (Bill Chadwick/David Jones)
  2. "While I Cry" (Michael Nesmith)
  3. "Tear Drop City" (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
  4. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (Carole Bayer Sager/Neil Sedaka)
  5. "A Man Without a Dream" (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)
  6. "Shorty Blackwell" (Micky Dolenz)

1995 Rhino reissue CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Someday Man" (Roger Nichols/Paul Williams)
  2. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Previously Unissued Alternate Version) (Michael Nesmith)
  3. "Rosemarie" (Previously Unissued Early Version) (Micky Dolenz)
  4. "Smile" (Previously Unissued) (David Jones)
  5. "St. Matthew" (Previously Unissued Alternate Mix) (Michael Nesmith)
  6. "Me Without You" (Previously Unissued Alternate Mix)
  7. "Through the Looking Glass" (Previously Unissued Alternate Mix)

2011 Rhino Handmade boxed set[edit]

Rhino Handmade released an 89-track deluxe edition on November 22, 2011.[dated info][3] Disc 1 features stereo versions and various remixed versions. Disc 2 features mono released and unreleased versions. Disc 3 features alternate takes, backing tracks, and tapes from 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (*). The 7" vinyl has two acetate songs,"(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" and "I Go Ape".[4]

Disc 1 (Stereo Mixes)

  1. Through the Looking Glass
  2. Don't Listen to Linda
  3. I Won't Be the Same Without Her
  4. Just a Game
  5. Me Without You
  6. Don't Wait For Me
  7. You and I
  8. While I Cry
  9. Tear Drop City
  10. The Girl I Left Behind
  11. A Man Without a Dream
  12. Shorty Blackwell
  13. Someday Man
  14. Carlisle Wedding (Alternate Stereo Mix)
  15. Mommy and Daddy (Stereo Mix)
  16. Look Down
  17. If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again
  18. Me Without You (Alternate Stereo Mix)
  19. Smile
  20. Nine Times Blue
  21. Shorty Blackwell (Alternate Stereo Mix)
  22. St. Matthew
  23. Some of Shelly's Blues (1968 Stereo Mix)
  24. Hollywood (1968 Stereo Mix)
  25. Don't Wait For Me (1968 Stereo Mix)
  26. Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care) (1968 Stereo Mix)
  27. The Crippled Lion (1968 Stereo Mix)
  28. How Insensitive

Disc 2 (Mono Mixes)

  1. Through the Looking Glass (1969 Mono Mix)
  2. Don't Listen to Linda (1968 Mono Mix)
  3. I Won't Be the Same Without Her (1966 Mono Mix)
  4. Just a Game (Alternate Vocal, Mono Mix)
  5. Me Without You (Fuzz Guitar Version, Mono Mix)
  6. Don't Wait For Me (Mono Mix)
  7. You and I (Mono Mix)
  8. While I Cry (U.K. Mono Mix)
  9. Tear Drop City (Mono Promo Single Mix)
  10. A Man Without a Dream (Mono Promo Single Mix)
  11. Someday Man (1969 Mono Mix)
  12. Hollywood (Mono Mix)
  13. Mommy and Daddy (1968 Mono Mix)
  14. You and I (1968 Rough Mix)
  15. Carlisle Wheeling (Alternate Vocal, 1969 Mono Mix)
  16. Rosemarie (1969 Mono Mix)
  17. Changes (1968 Mono Mix)
  18. Good Clean Fun (Mono Mix)
  19. Through the Looking Glass (Fuzz Guitar Version, Mono Mix)
  20. All the Grey Haired Men (Mono Backing Track)
  21. War Games (1968 Mono Mix)
  22. Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care) (Mono Mix)
  23. My Share of the Sidewalk (Version 2, Mono Backing Track)
  24. Party (Mono Mix)
  25. The Crippled Lion (Mono Mix)
  26. If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again (Mono Backing Track)
  27. Some of Shelly's Blues (1968 Mono Mix)
  28. Smile (1968 Mono Mix)
  29. Nine Times Blue (Mono Mix)

Disc 3 (Rarities)

  1. Through the Looking Glass (Backing Track, Take 11)
  2. Don't Listen to Linda (Backing Track, Take 1-3)
  3. I Won't Be the Same Without Her (Backing Track, Take 1)
  4. Carlisle Wedding (Backing Track, Take 1)
  5. Nine Times Blue (Backing Track, Take 6)
  6. Look Down (Backing Track, Take 1)
  7. Just a Game (Backing Track, Take 1-2)
  8. You and I (Backing Track, Take 1)
  9. That's What It's Like Loving You (Backing Track, Take 1)
  10. Smile (Backing Track, Take 1)
  11. A Man Without a Dream (Backing Track, Take 1)
  12. A Man Without a Dream (Alternate Vocal, Take 14)
  13. Someday Man (Backing Track, Take 1)
  14. Someday Man (Alternate Mix)
  15. (I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love (1968 Backing Track, Take 12)(*)
  16. I Go Ape (Backing Track, Take 10) (*)
  17. Wind Up Man (Backing Track, Take 1) (*)
  18. String For My Kite (Version 1 Backing Track, Take 1) (*)
  19. Naked Persimmon (Backing Track, Take 1) (*)
  20. Goldie Locks Sometime (Backing Track, Take 4) (*)
  21. String For My Kite (Version 2 Backing Track, Take 1) (*)
  22. Darwin (Backing Track, Take 2) (*)
  23. St. Matthew (Alternate Vocal)
  24. Don't Wait For Me (Alternate Stereo Mix)
  25. Rosemarie (Alternate Stereo Mix) (*)
  26. (I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love (1968 Version) (*)
  27. Naked Persimmon(*)
  28. Goldie Locks Sometimes(*)
  29. Darwin (*)
  30. I Go Ape (*)

7" Vinyl 45 Side 1: (I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love (Acetate Version) (*) Side 2: I Go Ape (Acetate Version) (*)

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