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)
Singles from Instant Replay
  1. "Tear Drop City" / "A Man Without a Dream"
    Released: February 8, 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)
Singles from Instant Replay
  1. "Tear Drop City" / "A Man Without a Dream"
    Released: February 8, 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."

Track listing[edit]

Original 1969 Colgems vinyl issue[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Through the Looking Glass" (Red Baldwin, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) - 2:43
  2. "Don't Listen to Linda" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:49
  3. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:42
  4. "Just a Game" (Micky Dolenz) - 1:49
  5. "Me Without You" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:11
  6. "Don't Wait for Me" (Michael Nesmith) - 2:36
Side 2
  1. "You and I" (Bill Chadwick, David Jones) - 2:15
  2. "While I Cry" (Nesmith) - 3:01
  3. "Tear Drop City" (Boyce, Hart) - 1:59
  4. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Sedaka) - 2:43
  5. "A Man Without a Dream" (Goffin, King) - 3:04
  6. "Shorty Blackwell" (Dolenz) - 5:46

1995 Rhino CD reissue[edit]

Tracks 1-12: Original album

  1. "Someday Man" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) - 2:40
  2. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Alternate version) (Nesmith) - 3:11
  3. "Rosemarie" (Early version) (Dolenz) - 2:15
  4. "Smile" (Jones) - 2:20
  5. "St. Matthew" (Alternate mix) (Nesmith) - 2:44
  6. "Me Without You" (Alternate mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:12
  7. "Through the Looking Glass" (Alternate mix) (Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:48

2011 Rhino Handmade deluxe CD reissue[edit]

Rhino Handmade released an 89-track deluxe edition 2011. 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 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee (*). The 7" vinyl has two songs sourced from acetate, alternate mixes of "I Go Ape" and "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" .[3]

Disc 1 (The Original Stereo Album)

Tracks 1-12: Original album in stereo

  1. "Someday Man" (Single B-Side) (Nichols, Williams) - 2:42
  2. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:17
  3. "Mommy and Daddy" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Dolenz) - 1:59
  4. "Look Down" (King, Stern) - 2:51
  5. "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" (Keller, Russell) - 2:44
  6. "Me Without You" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:10
  7. "Smile" (Jones) - 2:19
  8. "Nine Times Blue" (Nesmith) - 2:11
  9. "Shorty Blackwell" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Dolenz) - 6:14
  10. "St. Matthew" (Nesmith) - 2:43
  11. "Some of Shelly's Blues" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 1:51
  12. "Hollywood" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:17
  13. "Don't Wait for Me" (Alternate 1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:34
  14. "Propinquity" (I've Just Begun to Care) (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:20
  15. "The Crippled Lion" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:50
  16. "How Insensitive" (Jobim, de Moraes, Gimbel) - 2:31
Disc 2 (Mono Mixes and Rarities)
  1. "Through the Looking Glass" (1968 Mono Mix) (Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:50
  2. "Don't Listen to Linda" (1968 Mono Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:50
  3. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (1968 Mono Mix) (Goffin, King) - 2:41
  4. "Just a Game" (Alternate Vocal - Mono Mix) (Dolenz) - 1:51
  5. "Me Without You" (Fuzz Guitar Version - Mono Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:10
  6. "Don't Wait for Me" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:33
  7. "You and I" (1968 Mono Mix) (Chadwick, Jones) - 2:19
  8. "While I Cry" (UK Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:59
  9. "Tear Drop City" (Mono Promo Single Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:04
  10. "A Man Without a Dream" (Mono Promo Mix) (Goffin, King) - 3:05
  11. "Someday Man" (1968 Mono Mix) (Nichols, Williams) - 2:49
  12. "Hollywood" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:16
  13. "Mommy and Daddy" (1968 Mono Mix) (Dolenz) - 2:26
  14. "You and I" (1968 Rough Mix) (Chadwick, Jones) - 2:25
  15. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Alternate Vocal - 1969 Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:15
  16. "Rosemarie" (1969 Mono Mix) (Dolenz) - 2:31
  17. "Changes" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jones, Pitts) - 2:35
  18. "Good Clean Fun" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:18
  19. "Through the Looking Glass" (Fuzz Guitar Version - Mono Mix) (Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:49
  20. "All the Grey Haired Men" (Mono Backing Track) (Keller, Russell) - 2:23
  21. "War Games" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jones, Pitts) - 2:50
  22. "Propinquity" (I've Just Begun to Care) (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:19
  23. "My Share of the Sidewalk" (Version 2 - Mono Backing Tracks) (Nesmith) - 2:51
  24. "Party" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jones, Pitts) - 3:06
  25. "The Crippled Lion" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:50
  26. "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" (Mono Backing Track) (Keller, Russell) - 2:50
  27. "Some of Shelly's Blues" (1968 Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:30
  28. "Smile" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jones) - 2:23
  29. "Nine Times Blue" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:06
Disc 3 (Sessions)
  1. "Through the Looking Glass" (Backing Track - Take 11) (Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:49
  2. "Don't Listen to Linda" (Backing Track - Takes 1-3) (Boyce, Hart) - 4:22
  3. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Goffin, King) - 3:58
  4. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Nesmith) - 3:36
  5. "Nine Times Blue" (Backing Track - Take 6) (Nesmith) - 2:21
  6. "Look Down" (Backing Track - Take 1) (King, Stern) - 3:27
  7. "Just a Game" (Backing Track - Takes 1-2) (Dolenz) - 3:09
  8. "You and I" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Chadwick, Jones) - 2:32
  9. "That's What It's Like Loving You" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Jones, Pitts) - 3:03
  10. "Smile" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Jones) - 2:31
  11. "A Man Without a Dream" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Goffin, King) - 3:21
  12. "A Man Without a Dream" (Alternate Vocal - Take 14) (Goffin, King) - 3:55
  13. "Someday Man" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Nichols, Williams) - 3:23
  14. "Someday Man" (Alternate Mix) (Nichols, Williams) - 3:25
  15. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" (1968 Backing Track - Take 12) (Michael Martin Murphey) - 3:05
  16. "I Go Ape" (Backing Track - Take 10) (Sedaka) - 2:21
  17. "Wind Up Man (Backing Track - Take 1) (Bill Dorsey) - 1:09
  18. "String for My Kite" (Version 1 Backing Track - Take 1) (Dorsey) - 1:09
  19. "Naked Persimmon" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Nesmith) - 2:03
  20. "Goldie Locks Sometime" (Backing Track - Take 4) (Dorsey) - 3:29
  21. "String for My Kite" (Version 2 Backing Track - Take 1) (Dorsey) - 1:13
  22. "Darwin" (Backing Track - Take 2) (Dorsey) - 0:52
  23. "St. Matthew" (Alternate Vocal) (Nesmith) - 2:47
  24. "Don't Wait for Me" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:39
  25. "Rosemarie" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Dolenz) - 2:36
  26. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Murphey) - 2:24
  27. "Naked Persimmon" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Nesmith) - 2:36
  28. "Goldie Locks Sometime" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Dorsey) - 2:17
  29. "Darwin" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Dorsey) - 0:41
  30. "I Go Ape" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Sedaka) - 2:12
7" Vinyl 45

Side 1: I Go Ape (Acetate Version) (Sedaka, Greenfield) - 2:53
Side 2: (I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love (Acetate Version) (Murphey) - 2:24

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

YearChartPeak
Position
1969Billboard 20032[4]

Single[edit]

YearSingleChartPeak
Position
1969"Tear Drop City"Billboard Hot 10056[4]
1969"Tear Drop City"UK Charts47[5]
1969"Someday Man"Billboard Hot 10081[4]
1969"Someday Man"UK Charts44[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r13307
  2. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/instant-replay/id23419949
  3. ^ http:, , www.music-news.com, shownews.asp?H=Monkees-Instant-Replay:-Deluxe-Edition-preview&nItemID=45184
  4. ^ a b c "Instant Replay - Charts and Awards". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Official Charts Company". Retrieved 22 June 2014.