FIRST LOOK: “McCartney – I, II, III” Limited CD Box Set

Welcome back to my little side of the Web.

It’s been a bit since I was here so I thought it was time to say hello again – hello.

Today’s post may very well fall under the heading of “Totally Not Necessary But Cool Anyway” but what the hey, you only live once. As a collector I’ve been down this road before and here I go again (yes a blatant McCartney reference.)

This Friday a lovely set of three Paul McCartney albums is being re-released on both CD and vinyl. All three of them  – “McCartney”, “McCartney II” and “McCartney III” – feature McCartney as not only the sole songwriter but also the sole instrumentalist and vocalist (well mainly, Linda McCartney helps with background vocals on “McCartney” and “McCartney III” has a few tracks with McCartney’s band) – thus the McCartney titles.

I happened to receive this set in the mail a couple of days early (that usually never happens) so I thought folks might enjoy seeing what this set looks like.

Now you may ask so what’s so interesting about buying more copies of three albums I already own?

Are these new versions of those albums? No. Are there cool new bonus tracks to get excited about? No. Is there some new and wonderful mastering of these albums perhaps that will make it worth buying these albums yet again?  Well, no actually.

So who is this set for you may ask and why buy it? 

Well the answer is simply McCartney fans. Obsessive McCartney fans. You can’t see it but my hand just went up.

Seriously though this set may well in fact attract some younger fans who are just discovering McCartney’s wonderful solo catalog I’m afraid this set feels like it’s aimed at the obsessives who, like me, like label minutia and release variations. Though you probably already know that if you’ve read any of my previous blog posts.

Now that’s not to say that this isn’t a lovely set – it is. In fact it’s superbly put together and as far as presentation goes it gets an “A”. 

To start off with it comes in a nifty hardbound small case (okay, the cover art isn’t exactly stellar but serviceable) and the three albums are presented in mini-lp sleeves that replicate the original UK vinyl releases fairly well.

(Note: I only bought the CD version of this set as it was priced reasonably and I LOVE mini-lp versions of McCartney albums on CD)

All three albums sport their original gatefold covers and best of all they also sport the original LP labels from Apple and Parlophone which I don’t think have ever been released on CD. They may be incorrect, it’s been a long day and I’m getting old lol, but I don’t seem to recall that being the case.

The “McCartney II” CD also comes with a small fold-out poster that replicates the original inner LP sleeve and the “McCartney III” CD  contains it’s normal booklet.

There are also three small photo cards that have introductions on the back by Paul McCartney in which he recalls the circumstances in which each of the three albums were made. He briefly tells why he decided to go it alone with all three instead of using other musicians to flesh the tracks out.

Again nothing new really just an all around lovely small box set of all three of his homemade albums.

I really hadn’t intended to buy this set but after seeing that it included the reproductions of the original record labels I thought this made a nice variation to have on CD and really I would think that this may be the last time these albums make it onto CD.

(Note 2: I’ve said this very thing before when these albums were released as part of McCartney’s archive collection so who knows they may end up sneaking these out on CD one more time but I really doubt it. I think.)

If you’ve already purchased the McCartney archive issues of “McCartney” and “McCartney II” then you’ll already have these masterings so there’s really nothing new sound wise. “McCartney III” also sounds the same as the original CD release from just a few months ago so that again is really nothing new.

The main purpose of this post is for the obsessives out there like me who are on the fence about buying this set and want to see what you get if you buy it. 

Well there’s plenty of photos above and below so feast your eyes and who knows you may just feel like another version of these albums on CD is worth it.

I actually love this set though honestly I needed more versions of these albums on CD like I need a hole in the head but here we are – where are we? It’s worth it to me as at least the CD isn’t too expensive. The vinyl set on the other hand is a bit pricey but I’m sure all three pressings probably look and sound great but I wanted to stick to under $40 if I’m going to get these again.

Well, that’s all for now. Just a quick McCartney update.

As usual be well and safe and until next time I hope you have a great end to your summer as Fall is right around the corner.

Ta ta for now and see you soon!

“Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” Album Reissued in Wonderful Remastered Sound on 2-CD set From 7a Records

Let me turn the way back clock to 1976.

For starters it was the year of the United States Bicentennial.

Anyone who was alive at the time remembers that the Bicentennial was quite a big deal and it was the talk of 1976, at least as I remember it. Of course I was just 10-years-old at the time but it was a monumental celebration as I recall.

There was another less monumental thing that happened that year as well. It just so happens that I experienced a mini-case of Monkeemania as 1976 was also the year that the album “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” was released.

Now anyone who reads this blog knows that I remember things in my life in relation to what music happened to be released at the time so remembering 1976 for “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” is not unusual, at least for me.

You see by 1976 The Monkees as a group had been inactive for six years.

I had been a fan of The Monkees since I was practically out of the womb and played and scratched copies of my oldest brothers first five Monkees albums until they looked more like frisbees than records. Also the groups records were tough to find in stores by that time as they had been out of print since 1971 when The Monkees Colgems label folded.

Even their TV show hadn’t been rerun on a major network since 1973 so anything Monkees related was pretty scarce to come by at least in my neck of the woods.

For those who don’t remember in 1976 there was no Internet and no easy way, at least for a ten-year-old, to find out the current information about what music was coming out, etc. You just had to be lucky to  walk through a store at the right time and hopefully notice a new album by your favorite artist on display.

That’s the case with the “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” LP. I remember walking thorough a local Kmart store and running over to a display that showed the album.

Around that same time I also remember getting a frozen Coke, I did that every time I went to Kmart, and receiving a cup with drawn images that said Monkees at the bottom. Of course the Monkees on the cup included Micky and Davy but who were those other two? Maybe two new Monkees I remember thinking to myself. 

After all this time I can’t remember if I got the cup before or after the “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” album came out but I managed to hold on to that fragile plastic cup and it survives, barely, to this very day (see photo of the cup below).

I do however distinctly remember stumbling on the “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” album in the record section of Kmart and acting as if it was indeed a brand new Monkees album. Two new Monkees or not this was as close as I was going to get to a brand new Monkees album so I was thrilled that it had been released.

My mother wasn’t quite as thrilled with the existence of a new Monkees album as I was so I ended up waiting a few weeks until I managed to persuade her to buy the album for me.

I remember playing that album a lot that summer of 1976 and as I did staring at that what was then an oh so far-out looking rear cover as I tried to decide which of the songs I liked best.

Flash forward oh say roughly forty-six years or so and what happens to land in my mailbox but a groovy new 2-CD reissue by 7a Records of that long-ago “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” album.

I had actually hoped that 7a Records would one day do a reissue of this album but I had heard that Capitol Records had misplaced the master tapes so I assumed it would never happen. Then a few months ago 7a Records posted a cryptic message on Facebook saying they found some long lost Monkees related master tapes and viola we have a new reissue of “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart”.

I’ve done blogs on several of 7a Record’s Monkee related products and every time I review them I marvel at the high quality of not only the sound of their products but the truly first class artwork and booklets that come with their releases.

I’m happy to say that this new reissue of “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” is no exception as it is a quality first class reissue of one of my favorite lost pop albums of the ’70s.

As a bonus the second disc of this new set features a concert by Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart in Japan from 1976 that was originally released on an exquisite sounding CD by Varese Sarabande in 2007.

The sound on both discs in this set is first-rate and since this is the first issue of the “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” from the actual master tapes it’s a joy to listen to from start to finish. There actually was an earlier CD reissue of the “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart”  album in 2005 on Cherry Red Records from the UK but it was taken from a needledrop and sounded fairly bland and lifeless.

While I can’t say this album is on the same level as The Monkees ’60s albums it is nonetheless a fine pop album that holds up pretty well despite a few dated spacey sound effects from side two.

Songs like “Right Now”, “You and I” (written by Dolenz and Jones and later remade by The Monkees in 1996), “I Love You (And I’m Glad That I Said It)”, “It Always Hurts the Most in the Morning” and “I Remember the Feeling” are truly pop gems that hopefully will be rediscovered by modern listeners.

I’ve always been particularly fond of the song “You and I” and even love the 1996 remake on The Monkees “Justus” album but I’ve always had a fondness for this 1976 version best and am so glad to have such a great sounding version available on CD.

In fact the only song that I still get the urge to skip is “Along Came Jones” as I’ve never been that fond of comedic songs. The rest of the album though is a real pleasure to rediscover especially when it sounds as good as this reissue does.

What can I tell you, 7a Records knows how to do reissues right and this new 2-CD “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” is by far my favorite of all the reissues 7a Records has ever done as this album holds a warm spot in my heart and memories.

If you’re a Monkees or Boyce and Hart fan and know or have never heard this album you owe it to yourself to grab this 2-CD (or 2-LP version that’s also available) set and give it a spin or two.

As usual there are plenty of photos above and below to look to get a glimpse of this new 2-CD set or even older versions of the album on LP and CD.

Until next time be well and safe and I’ll hopefully see you around this parts soon!

The photos below feature the cup (what’s left of it) I got at Kmart with a frozen Coke in 1976 promoting Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart as a group:

Below: Photos of the original Capitol 1976 pressing of “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” and previous CD reissues of the same album and the CD ” Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart – Concert in Japan”:

The Beatles “Get Back” Documentary Finally Arrives on Blu-Ray – The Long and Winding Saga Concludes (I Think)

What a long strange trip it’s been, so they say.

After months of near misses, false landings and several odd missteps The Beatles epic documentary “Get Back” by famed director Peter Jackson FINALLY reached store shelves this past week!

No seriously, I’m not kidding. At least I don’t think so. After all the weirdness of this release it’s hard to tell.

On July 12th the “Get Back” documentary arrived as both a 3-disc Collector’s Blu-ray set as well as a more barebone 3-DVD set that features just the three discs stacked on top of themselves with no special packaging whatsoever.

(Note: Apparently the DVD version is next to impossible to actually find on store shelves – I have yet to see it in person in a store myself – but it is apparently available online)

Unfortunately there is still a bit of weirdness with availability of the Blu-ray set as even though people have managed to buy it many retailers are getting limited stock and while I have seen the Blu-ray package in one store it is still pretty scarce on store shelves in my area – at least so far anyway.

Even online retailers like Bullmoose and Amazon show the Blu-ray set as currently not available while Target stores sold out of their pre-order supply and even The Beatles own Website in the US says that are now out of stock of the Blu-ray.

On release week, seriously? I guess this is going to become common place I’m afraid.

Readers of this blog may remember that this past April I posted a blog in which I thought for sure the “Get Back” documentary had finally been released at that time – well, the DVD version anyway.

In fact I happened to buy a copy of said DVD set from none other retailer than Amazon. Surely Amazon wouldn’t stock an illegitimate product from such a high profile act as The Beatles? The funny thing is I’m not one hundred percent sure it is legit but I’m thinking it more than likely is – are you confused yet? 

The DVD itself that I received while a very barebones package looks like the genuine article. The picture and sound are very good and I can’t imagine that Amazon would have knowingly stocked a bootleg version.

It must be, and I’m only surmising here, that Amazon had been sitting on old stock of the “Get Back” DVD set that was originally supposed to be issued this past February and decided to release them in dribs and drabs as it was available for a few days then gone then available again – very strange.

Supposedly a technical glitch halted the Blu-ray release which was also to come out in February but there was no word on if this defect only affected the Blu-ray version as the DVD wasn’t really mentioned as being defective – it was just implied.

Strangely enough there was next to no word officially from either Disney who distributes this set or Apple which is The Beatles company who own this material and put the plans in motion to get director Peter Jackson to make the documentary.

If this doesn’t give you the impression that Disney doesn’t really support physical media anymore it certainly should. What other explanation could there be? This set has certainly not been made widely available at least as far as I can see and the complete silence from Disney about the total cluster of this release speaks volumes.

Disney supports streaming its content via Disney+ and in the future that looks like it will be the only game in town folks. Truth be told I’m sure that’s what most major studios are feeling but it’s becoming more clear with each and every new release whether it be a movie or music for that matter that owning a product is becoming a thing of the past (sigh).

Still following me? Don’t worry I’m still a little foggy about everything too.

Anyway I finally managed to get a hold of a copy of the Blu-ray set and now that I own it and have skimmed through it I must say I am pleased as punch that I decided to get it.

That wasn’t always my intention truth be told.

I was happy enough with the picture and sound of the DVD version that I managed to buy from Amazon but after reading a few online reviews saying that the Blu-ray set had better quality than the Disney+ streaming version I thought ‘hey, why not get the Blu-ray version’? (not that it was much of a hard well for me anyway lol).

Well I tried to pre-order the Blu-ray “Get Back” from Amazon but then a couple of weeks ago before the release date Amazon mysteriously cancelled my order saying that they couldn’t get more stock.

Seriously, again?

From then on the Blu-ray hasn’t been listed as available on Amazon except for a third-party seller who must have old stock copies from February that they selling for more than twice the cost of the new copy.

Ahhhhhh.

Well I finally managed to get a hold of a copy of the Blu-ray a couple of days ago and here are my thoughts:

First off the Blu-ray set has way better packaging.

It has an attractive hard cover that also holds a hard cover book inside. The book contains sleeves covered in pictures from the “Get Back” sessions and those sleeves hold the discs (see photos above and below). There are also four small card photos of each Beatles in a slot in the back of the inner book which is a nice touch has well.

Compared to the skimpy presentation of the DVD this set is total improvement. I’m not sure why Disney couldn’t do both a DVD and Blu-ray set this way but as far as packaging is concerned the Blu-ray wins hands down.

Now to picture quality.

I watched the Disney+ streaming version of “Get Back” way back in November and remembered being impressed with its picture quality even though on my TV the Disney+ app was glitchy and froze up frequently (one of the major strikes against streaming).

I thought the DVD set was a slight notch below the Disney+ version and assumed the Blu-ray wouldn’t be a major upgrade but I have to say that after watching this new Blu-ray set I think the picture quality of “Get Back” not only matches the Disney+ stream I saw but improves upon it.

I have read a lot of reviews that are down on the heavy DNR (digital noise remover) applied by director Peter Jackson to “Get Back” but to me it’s worlds better than any other footage of these sessions that I’ve ever seen. I think removing the grain from the film does give the “Get Back” footage more of the look of a videotape which makes viewing these sessions come to life in way that film doesn’t.

If that was Peter Jackson’s intention – to make these sessions seem like you are actually here – then he achieved it well and it works for me. I’m fine with how the “Get Back”  documentary looks.

Whatever your feeling is on how Peter Jackson handled the footage I think this new Blu-ray version is definitely an improvement over the DVD version I got in April so I’m very pleased.

Another thing I noticed video-wise comparing the DVD to Blu-ray is that the on-screen dialog captions that come up when The Beatles are talking look much smaller and sharper on this new Blu-ray version much like what I saw on Disney+.

The captioning on the DVD version looks almost cheap at times as it’s much bigger and blurrier and makes the video look much less professional looking than the Blu-ray version (again see photos below).

Since this is permanent on the screen and not true closed-captioning it’s baffling that there’s a difference. I wasn’t expecting the captioning to look that different.

Since all of the other titling onscreen throughout the documentary looks the same on DVD as well as Blu-ray I thought the dialogue captioning would be standard too. I can live with it on the DVD but I prefer the way the Blu-ray captioning looks compared to the DVD.

Not only is the video better but the 7.1 uncompressed PCM audio option on the Blu-ray, which is missing from the DVD set, is a much better listening experience than the sound of the DVD set. The 7.1 uncompressed PCM audio features much deeper sounding bass along with a much smoother sound and more clarity than the DVD version.

(Note 2: I don’t have the capability of 7.1 on my system but even the downmixed sound from the uncompressed 7.1 PCM audio sounds great on my system and beats out the sound of the DVD)

Again the DVD is fine and I like it it’s just that the Blu-ray audio is better and I prefer the way the Blu-ray sounds compared to the DVD.

Now what would really have made this Blu-ray set a complete home run would have been some nice bonus content.

It would have been great to have a bonus disc that featured either a restored version of the original “Let it Be” film (the 1970 film that featured some of the footage from these sessions) or even an option to view the complete rooftop concert by itself without the footage of the people on the street being interviewed.

Such a disc would have been great and too bad it wasn’t included.

Or was it?

Well to top off all the good bounty of new 1969 Beatles footage low and behold a grey market DVD/Blu-ray set entitled “Get Back: The Rooftop Concert” has also made its way to the world and does feature what would make a superb bonus disc to this new “Get Back” set.

As luck would have it a friend of mine happened to gift me this very underground set and to say it’s a nice bonus is an understatement.

The “Get Back: The Rooftop Concert” features not only the complete 1969 Beatles rooftop concert without any of the man on the street footage (just The Beatles) but it also features the IMAX version of the “Get Back” rooftop concert as it was shown in theaters earlier this year.

Also included is an option to view the main rooftop songs onscreen with all the camera angles from the “Get Back” documentary along with the same songs as they appear in the original “Let it Be” film. This is an option I didn’t think I’d enjoy but I must say it’s pretty darn cool (see photos of this screen below).

(Note 3: The very lower left-hand corner of the screen contains the footage of these songs that appeared in the “Let it Be” film)

Now I usually don’t mention grey area items unless they are really quite exceptional and this set my friends fits that bill. Oh and by the way I don’t endorse bootlegs and I have no idea where to find them but since this magical set made its way into my hands I thought I’d share its contents here.

So this is in fact my defacto bonus disc it’s just too bad that something like this couldn’t have been included in the official Blu-ray set. Well you can’t have everything and as it is this new Blu-ray set is a real treat and well worth adding to your collection if your a Beatles fan.

So there you go. After months of drama and weirdness at least an official Blu-ray set of the truly wonderful “Get Back” documentary is out there and able to be purchased.

And if your a Beatles fan I would say don’t hesitate getting a copy if you can find one as it’s highly likely that this set won’t be around very long as I doubt Disney is gung-ho on keeping it in print beyond what seems like a small first issue.

As usual there are plenty of photos of the “Get Back” set as well as the “Get Back: The Rooftop Concert” to keep you entertained so look above and below to see what they contain.

That’s all for now. I hope if you’re a Beatles fan you manage to get your hands on either the Blu-ray set (ideally) or the DVD set.

Both are good value and this nearly 8-hour documentary is well-worth your time as this is practically the only footage of The Beatles at work in the studio for hours on end creating their magical music.

If you own a Blu-ray player treat yourself to the Blu-ray set as it has the best picture and sound as well as grooviest packaging. The DVD is no slouch btw I just prefer the Blu-ray set.

Take care and be well and see you back here soon.

The last three images below are onscreen images from the “Get Back” Blu-ray set:

Below: Images taken onscreen from first issue DVD:

Below: Images taken from the packaging as well as onscreen from “Get Back: The Rooftop Concert” DVD/Blu-Ray set

I Read the Newsprint Today, Oh Boy … Scrapbooks in Time, Beatles Style

This weekend I was scrolling through new videos on YouTube when a very cool video by one of my favorite Beatles sites (https://www.parlogramauctions.com/) came on that featured a ton of old Beatles scrapbooks.

Obviously the scrapbooks featured in the Parlogram Auction video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyplKZWtSv4) were kept by an uber Beatles fan in the UK. I said to myself I can relate to being an uber Beatles fan and the video reminded me that for a time when I was in grade school and high school (from around 1975 to 1984) I too kept a few Beatles scrapbooks.

(Note: my scrapbooks also contains things as early as 1971 to as late as 1988. The earlier W-MEE Top 100 of 1971 flyer – see below – came from my older brother.)

Now I live in the Midwest so my scrapbooks don’t have quite the broad reach or appeal as that huge collection of UK newspaper clippings from the YouTube video but it does bring back a lot of warm memories.

It’s hard to believe most of the clippings that I saved are now over forty years old but the passage of time hasn’t really hit them too much as they all seem to look practically as new as the day I cut them out.

Honestly I can’t for the life of me remember why I decided to clip any Beatles related news stories but for a time I did just that. Not only did I save newspaper clippings but in that same period I was an avid reader of Billboard magazine and managed to buy a few copies here and there and grabbed a few bits and pieces to put in the scrapbook as well.

(Note 2: I saved many full-page advertisements for Beatles and solo Beatles releases. Three of them are shown down below in the photos)

The early ’80s was also a time when I bought my records from places like Kmart so I also managed to save quite a few of their in-store Top Ten record flyers. A few of those are featured too plus a few radio flyers promoting the Top Ten from a local radio station called WMEE.

It’s so funny the things that pop into my head as I searched through these scrapbooks.

Several things initially jumped out to me like frozen Cokes (I used to get a frozen Coke as the machine for it was right near the record section of Kmart), old movie theaters now long gone (the Holiday theater in an ad below was an enormous old theater that was built in 1969 and closed in 2000) and hanging out at the local mall’s small book store called Reader’s World waiting for the latest issue of Billboard Magazine to show up in the stands.

I also remember the local Musicland record store (part of the national chain) which is featured below in a newspaper ad for exclusive Beatles flexi discs that they were giving away in 1982. I believe these flexi discs were tied into Musicland’s promotion for The Beatles then recent “Reel Music” album release.

I bought several Beatles/solo Beatles albums from Musicland (“George Harrison”, “Back to the Egg”, “Let it Be” and “Tug of War” to name a few) and I also bought my first three CDs ever from them as well in 1986 – Paul McCartney’s “Venus and Mars”, “Tug of War” and “Wings Over America” (all on the Columbia label btw).

I also happened to find a flyer advertising “The Lost Lennon Tapes” show from 1988 which was broadcast Sunday mornings on a local radio station called Rock 104. I remember tuning in and religiously taping all the Lost Lennon shows from 1988 to around 1990 or so.

I’m not sure where I got that flyer from but I must have stuck it in these old scrapbooks for safe keeping – and I’m glad I did too, LOVE the look of that flyer.

As you can see the 1980 to 1984 time period is my heaviest time for saving any and every Beatles/solo Beatles clipping. Those high school years for me have imprinted themselves indelibly in my mind and have remained my favorite solo Beatles era to this day. Even now just thinking of that time period makes me nostalgic.

Anyway, have a look at some of the things I saved in my scrapbooks from long ago. I’m so glad that all the articles still look pretty good. It’s another mirror into the past that even if you weren’t there you may find interesting if your a Beatles fan.

As usual there are plenty of photos above and below.

Well that’s all for now!

Take and care be safe and well. And they’ll be more blog posts coming soon to a theater near you …

Paul McCartney 80 at 80 – A Birthday Celebration

You say it’s your birthday … 

And so it is. It’s not just any birthday mind you, it’s Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday this upcoming Saturday on June 18th. Let that sink in a minute – yes I said 80th.

In honor of this major milestone I thought it might be fun to take a look back at eighty of my favorite songs from McCartney’s often maligned solo career. More times than I can say I’ve heard so-called Beatle fans say McCartney’s musical career began and ended with The Beatles.

Yes of course McCartney’s writing was beyond stellar throughout The Beatles short but miraculous career but to say that McCartney hasn’t produced much of worth since 1970 is just plain ignorant not to mention mean-spirited and just plain wrong.

If one takes the time to pick though Paul McCartney’s solo catalog you can find many, many incredible songs that can easily stand along side his Beatles work. A few come to my mind as we speak: “Calico Skies”, “Jenny Wren”, “Every Night”, “Back on My Feet”, “Tomorrow” and “Beautiful Night” just to name a few; all fine songs that fit comfortably along side his greatest Beatles work.

I know that some of you cynics out there are scowling even now but whatever – open your ears!

Below is my list, repeat MY LIST, of eighty songs from throughout McCartney’s solo career that I find to be outstanding. I’ve chosen to stay away from many of his solo and Wings hits as most people are already familiar with those songs.

(Note: Besides I tend to lean toward deep album tracks as they tend to be some of McCartney’s best work.)

Instead I’ve chosen mainly deep cut album tracks as well as a few choice b-sides, rarities and in one case an unreleased outtake (don’t ask where to find it but it’s out there and is one of McCartney’s lost treasures for sure).

Anyway, without further ado here’s my list of McCartney 80 at 80.

If you’ve not heard some of these songs I think it would open your mind to the continued greatness of Paul McCartney as a songwriter and performer and no he didn’t stop being great after The Beatles:

1. Kicked Around No More
2. Daytime Nightime Suffering
3. Every Night
4. On the Way
5. The Pound is Sinking
6. Ode to a Koala Bear
7. It’s Not True (45 mix)
8. Footprints
9. The Back Seat of My Car
10. Little Lamb Dragonfly
11. Tomorrow
12. Some People Never Know
13. Through Our Love
14. Beware My Love
15. Wanderlust
16. Cafe on the Left Bank
17. London Town
18. Once Upon a Long Ago
19. No Words
20. Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People
21. She’s My Baby
22. No Values
23. Back on My Feet
24. Old Siam, Sir
25. So Glad to See You Here
26. Morse Moose and the Grey Goose
27. Mistress and Maid
28. Flaming Pie
29. The World Tonight
30. Don’t Let it Bring You Down
31. Arrow Through Me
32. Too Much Rain
33. Mr. Bellamy
34. Only Mama Knows
35. Vintage Clothes
36. C Moon
37. She is So Beautiful (a lovely track exclusive to a Japanese CD)
38. Jenny Wren
39. Only Love Remains
40. Pretty Little Head (45 mix)
41. People Want Peace
42. Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link
43. Slidin’
44. Winter Bird/When Winter Comes
45. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
46. Dress Me Up As a Robber
47. Tug of War
48. Keep Under Cover
49. Cage (unreleased song from the “Back to the Egg” sessions)
50. Calico Skies
51. Another Day
52. Talk More Talk
53. Big Boys Bickering
54. She’s Given Up Talking
55. Letting Go (45 mix)
56. Dear Boy
57. Too Many People
58. One of These Days
59. Dance Til’ We’re High
60. Two Magpies
61. C’mon People
62. Baby’s Request (1979 version)
63. My Brave Face
64. We Got Married
65. Distractions
66. I Owe it All to You
67. Pipes of Peace
68. New
69. Appreciate
70. Sally G
71. Struggle
72. The Mess
73. Bluebird
74. Soily
75. Big Barn Bed
76. Run Devil Run
77. Junk
78. Road
79. Beautiful Night
80. Somedays 

Well there you have it. Happy Birthday Sir Paul McCartney!

Here’s to many more years of songwriting and performing and no matter what happens after your 80th you’ve already left the world with such timeless and wonderful music that anything after today is just icing on the cake!!

Above and below are some photos of a selection of CD releases from my Paul McCartney collection. Some are old, some are new (the newest and probably last CD release of some of these albums) and a couple (“London Town” and “Back to the Egg”) are grey area discs that look and sound so nice I thought it would be fun to share them here.

That’s all for now and until next time be well and see you soon!

Weekend Finds – A Picture (Sleeve) is Worth a Thousand Words/The Beatles, The Monkees and The Partridge Family and more …

Sometimes you find the coolest things in the most unexpected places.

What with Covid restrictions easing up quite a bit, at least where I live in the U.S., slowly but surely I’m finding my way back into a few antique stores and flea markets.

Honestly most times I find nothing much of interest in antique stores but every so often I strike gold. This past weekend was one of those times. I found a few really nice items for very little money so I thought I’d share them here. Of course they’re music related, shocker, but fun nonetheless.

I happened to pass by a small antique mall that I’ve been to several times and since the sun was shining and I was in a good mood I thought I’d stop in and see what I could find.

As luck would have it I managed to stumble upon a small table full of tiny 45 record cases. Much to my surprise each case was filled with a massive collection of really nice 45’s with their accompanying picture sleeves!

Now I have to say I really LOVE old picture sleeves and when they are in great shape – which is rare – I’m even more excited. The kicker was not only were these sleeves and 45s in great shape overall but they were priced around $1- $3 dollars for the sleeve AND the 45. Now that’s my kind of find!

I managed to snag the first two Partridge Family 45’s, a David Cassidy 45 of “Cherish”, a minty looking 45 of The Monkees “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (with the original price tag which I love), a Beatles 45 of “Yesterday” (sleeve only) , a cool looking Carpenters 45 of “Rainy Days and Mondays” as well as a lovely Supremes 45 of “Stop! In the Name of Love” plus four older sleeves from the ’50s/early ’60s (Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, The Lettermen and a very young Tony Orlando!) that were four for a $1 since they had no records with them.

The interesting thing about two of the Bell Records I found, David Cassidy’s “Cherish” and The Partridge Family’s “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted”, was that they were pressed on regular vinyl and not styrene. Most of the Bell Records 45s from my childhood were pressed on styrene which doesn’t hold up well to time so I was thrilled to find regular vinyl pressings which sound fantastic.

I’m also a fan of 45 mixes as they tend to sound punchier and more dynamic than their album counterparts so hearing these great sounding records was a complete pleasure. There really is no better sound for these songs than their original 45 mixes. I have some of these same versions of these songs on CD but for some reason the original 45s jump out of my speakers in a way that breaths live into the songs that isn’t captured in their digital form.

Anyway since I don’t regularly find such a cheap treasure trove of goodies I thought I’d post this lot here – see photos above and below.

Just a quick update to share these great 45s and their sleeves.

That’s all for now. I’ll have more soon so until the be safe and see you soon.

The Beatles Blue Box Collection – A Homemade CD Box Set (Or the Winner of the You May Have Too Much Time on Your Hands Award)

Sometimes you just have to take fate into your own hands – or at least collecting.

Years ago, actually about 15 years ago to be exact, I thought it might be fun to make some CD-Rs (recordable CDs) of my favorite Beatles UK vinyl pressings.

I had acquired quite a few original as well as reissue Beatles vinyl and I figured if I made some nice CD-Rs I could lessen the wear on my vinyl as well as be able to listen to said vinyl pretty much anywhere.

Fifteen years ago there was really wasn’t that many great options for Beatles album on CD. This was before the 2009 CD remasters and just before the era of the elaborate Beatles remix box sets and the resurgence of vinyl. At the time, while I thought the existing Beatles CDs were okay, I could never find digital sources as decent sounding as my Beatles vinyl sources.

The best sources I found were not surprisingly the original UK album pressings as well as a 1986 pressing of the famed Blue Box Collection set which I happened to find for a cheap price on eBay.

(Note: The Beatles Blue Box Collection was a collection of the Beatles British stereo UK albums. These Blue Box sets were released from 1978 to approximately 1986 and contained whatever current UK pressings of Beatles UK vinyl EMI was producing at the time. Most Beatles fans find that these Blue Box sets contain the most affordable as well as some of the best sounding sources for Beatles recorded output.

Btw there were also box sets made of their mono albums as well but those sets were much more limited and this post deals with the stereo version)

So since I had no digital sources that wowed me I set off on making homemade CD-Rs that would fill the gap until by some miracle The Beatles catalog was treated to an upgrade.

I was going to start from the beginning with the gold label mono pressing of the “Please Please Me” album but I thought it might be better to start with stereo pressings since at that time the early Beatles was MIA on CD in stereo.

Also at that time I didn’t own an original stereo “Please Please Me” or the superior wide German stereo pressing so I thought I’d begin by recording my 1986 Blue Box collection to CD-R first.

(Note 2: since I made this CD-R set I have acquired all the best UK stereo pressing so my next project may be a transfer of all those copies to CD-R or at least digital on my computer)

Now by 1986 the Blue Box albums were still analog but by this time all the Beatles UK pressings did not  use any of the original tube mastered pressings from the 1960s. All the pressings in my 1986 box were mastered using solid state which gave the albums much more detail but not nearly the warm glow of the original tube mastered vinyl.

The later 1986 pressings do sound great but different from the original UK pressings. I’d say the original tube pressings have a denser sound with more mid-range punch to the vocals. Some people say the tube cuts are muddier but I still love to hear that original sound.

As far as the 1986 pressings I’d say that with the clearer and still analog sound of these LPs you may actually have the best sounding Beatles on vinyl.

So off I went to record. I manged to ten of the albums from my Blue Box set (see photo above for which ones) plus I added my German stereo pressing of “Magical Mystery Tour” (the best stereo pressing there is IMHO) as well as an original UK 1966 stereo pressing of “A Collection of Beatles Oldies” just to make sure I had all the hits.

For some strange reason I didn’t record “The White Album” – not sure why – but overall I love how this homemade CD collection sounds and to this day I still play the CDs from this set often. Though truth be told I play them more from digital copies on an Ipod than the discs but I still enjoy these transfers.

A few years later I added a CD in which I dubbed my first pressing of the UK red label “Love Me Do” single with a second black label UK pressing of the “Please Please Me” single as these two singles are much dryer sounding than their LP counterparts and have never been issued digitally in any form in their original 45 state.

I remember stumbling on the CD insert artwork online at the time for each album so it was easy enough to download and print out great looking artwork.

As you can tell by the photos above and below I also went the extra mile by making lovely looking CD inserts as well as LightScribe CD labels with the accurate original UK labels. Some say that a tad bit anal but I love how this set  looks and the attention to detail makes it feel like a genuine Apple/EMI set.

I never did record my original Beatles UK vinyl pressings to CD-R – yet. I may indeed do that someday soon while I can still find blank CD-Rs and as long as my stand alone Pioneer CD recorder still works.

Unfortunately my LightScribe computer bit the dust years ago so any future CD-Rs will just be to be able to have digital files of all my best Beatles vinyl pressings.

Anyway I thought it might be fun to share this lovely homemade set that I made all those years ago and still enjoy to this day.

I do like the 2009 remasters and the current box sets but for the sound that I grew up with listening to vinyl it’s nice to be able to hear digital sources for some of the best sounding Beatles vinyl out there.

That’s all for now.

I hope you are safe and well.

I’ll be back soon and until then ciao and see you soon!

The Monkees “Headquarters” at 55 – Over Fifty Years of Sunny Girlfriends, A Man Named Webster and A Randy Scouse Git

Color me old.

I know I’ve said in the past that I was going to try and stay away from excessive anniversary posts … “and here I go again” (just a nod and a wink to today’s post – Monkees fans will get it).

Yesterday, May 22, was the 55th anniversary of The Monkees seminal album “Headquarters”.

It just seemed to me that the double nickel anniversary of one of my all-time favorite records couldn’t go past without some kind of special mention from me. Okay seeing as today is May 23rd I may have missed the exact anniversary by a day but nonetheless here we are.

As I’ve said many time before on this blog the “Headquarters” album may be my favorite album by The Monkees. This 1967 album was the first time that the make-believe television creation actually morphed into a real pop/rock group.

The “Headquarters” album was the first time that the four group members/actors who comprised the TV show cast of “The Monkees” were allowed to play all of the instruments (errr, well mostly all) on a full Monkees album.

The previous two Monkees albums (“The Monkees” and “More of the Monkees”) featured scant instrumental work featuring one or two group members and mainly used session players with vocals provided by the four Monkees.

This method of working did produce some exceptional pop records and while the results speak for themselves (the first two Monkees albums sold over 5 million copies each!) there was some kind of magic that happened when the group took over the reigns and actually became The Monkees for real.

Now of course there’s no way you can compare the playing of the four Monkees to the exceptional chops of the session players who played on the first two Monkees albums. By comparison the actual four Monkees sounded more like a very good garage band with a lot of spirit.

But here’s the magical thing. This “garage band” and amateur sounding Monkees not only hold up damn well to the studio pros but the excitement and energy the group generated made the “Headquarters” album just as fun, more fun in fact, to listen to as the first two albums.

It also didn’t hurt that group members Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz provided quite a few self-composed songs on the album that were first-rate pop songs which were as good as many of the songs on their first records – the giant hits withstanding.

There’s just an energy and a feeling of freedom as well as an adventurous to the songs and performances on the “Headquarters” album that really makes it come alive in a way the first two records didn’t in comparison. Plus there’s something about the rough garage band quality of the “Headquarters” Monkees that matches the on-screen Monkees perfectly.

Of course the on-screen Monkees were a band struggling to be The Beatles who quite never seemed to make it in the music industry. A band like that would probably sound less polished and less slick than The Monkees of their first two mega-selling albums.

All one has to do is watch of the rerun version of an early Monkees episode entitled “Royal Flush”. In the 1967 summer rerun version of this episode the 1966 song “This Just Doesn’t Seem to Be My Day” is replaced with the song “You Told Me” from the then current “Headquarters” album.

While I love the song “This Just Doesn’t Seem to Be My Day” there’s an energy and excitement that the song “You Told Me” injects into the romp from this episode that makes that rerun version my preferred way of seeing the “Royal Flush” episode.

To me The Monkees of “Headquarters” are much better suited to the on-screen Monkees and as far as the show is concerned make a much better match for the fictional garage band then the super slick studio Monkees.

Of course both versions of The Monkees are great but there’s an extra magic present in the  “Headquarters” Monkees and really this version of the group fits the TV show much better and would have made a better choice for the TV show if the goal was about striving for the better show vs striving for the hit record.

Enough said. There’s my two cents about the “Headquarters” album.

Today in honor of the albums 55th anniversary I thought I’d share a few of the different versions of the “Headquarters” album that I own on vinyl as well as CD.

(Note: this isn’t even all the versions I own of the “Headquarters” album – seriously, I know – but these are some of the favorite ones from my collection)

So today we have the following versions – see photos above and below:

  • An RCA original stereo German vinyl pressing
  • A stereo “Beards” RE second vinyl pressing that came out I’m guessing in late 1968 (still in the shrink wrap no less)
  • A Japanese Arista CD issue from around 1992 with a groovy uniquely-colored back cover (this Arista version features the album completely remixed from the multi-tracks like the 1987 US CD version)
  • The original Rhino 1994 CD release with bonus tracks plus hype sticker and card
  • A Rhino CD release from around 2011 with no bonus tracks but with the small hype sticker
  • A Friday Music 2 CD Deluxe Edition which is Friday Music’s reissue of the Rhino 2 CD Deluxe Edition which contains a ton of outtakes and rarities from the “Headquarters” sessions

Plus as an extra bonus I threw in a photo of my lithograph of the “Headquarters” album signed by all four Monkees that was offered via mail order for a brief time by Rhino Records in 1996.

Well there you have it. Just my little tribute to The Monkees “Headquarters” album on its 55th anniversary.

That’s all for now.

Until next time be safe and well and see you soon and listen to some Monkees!

A Compact Disc from the 1980s – In Honor of Barbra Streisand at 80

Time does have a way of sneaking up on you.

Yesterday legendary singer/actress/director/producer Barbra Streisand turned eighty years old and I must say it kind of rattled me for a second.

If Streisand was turning eighty then that means all of her work that I loved most, especially her run of albums from from 1980-1985, must be over or near forty years old. I know I’ve said it before but how on earth can it be over forty years since I first discovered the wonderful Barbra Streisand?!!

(Note: I should probably rename this blog “How on Earth Can It Be?” since all of my favorite music and artists are getting really old and that phrase pops up a lot on here. Oh well, I still love them anyway.)

Of course I knew of Streisand’s work in the 1960s and 70s, I had heard her songs on the radio and had even seen the movie “The Way We Were” on TV, but it wasn’t until 1980 and the release of her “Guilty” album that I actually started buying any of her records.

From 1980 onward every new album Barbra Streisand released managed to make it way into my collection whether it be on vinyl or CD. The “Guilty” album started me on a journey through Streisand’s career that eventually encompassed all of the musical work she has released since 1963.

And that leads me to the focus of today’s post.

In honor of Barbra Streisand turning 80 I thought I’d share with you a CD I recently found of one of her best albums, and one of my personal favorites, “The Broadway Album” which was released in 1985.

As the Covid situation has lessened I have been able to go back out antiquing again (one of my favorite hobbies) and I happened to come across this CD at an antique store still in its longbox. I haven’t seen a sealed CD in its original longbox since the early 1990s so this was a real time machine experience for me.

(Note 2 : Folks who’ve read this blog know that for a few years in the late 1980s and early 1990s CDs were made available to purchase in longboxes. The longbox was a way music retailers could shelve CDs in sections that had previously been used to display vinyl. I have shown many example of longboxes I still own on this blog and if you care to see them type in the word “longbox” in the search on this blog to get a glimpse at a few of them)

The fact that this longbox CD was “The Broadway Album” made it all the better and since the price was right and I had never seen, or don’t remember, the longbox that originally accompanied this album purchasing this CD was a no-brainer for me.

Now I must confess that I already own “The Broadway Album” on compact disc. I have a first issue U.S. CD pressing of the album that was made in Japan (see photos below) but I didn’t buy the album on CD initially as my first copy of the album was on vinyl.

I didn’t really start buying CDs until sometime in 1986 but I still remember fondly listening to this album on vinyl and looking at the inner lyric sleeve plus bonus liner insert as I played the record. You just don’t get the same experience of an album without the larger format album covers and inner sleeves, etc.

Truth be told I may actually prefer the sound of my vinyl copy but the CD issue is what I mainly reach for whenever I get the urge to play it.

I was wondering if the CD inside this new version I found in the longbox would be an early issue made in Japan. I know that the earliest CDs that were sold from say the 1983 to 1985 time frame were made available in what they called blister packs which were made of a hard plastic that had no artwork it was just a clear packing that held the CD and it’s jewel case.

In fact the first three CDs I ever bought were in these blister type packs and all three of those CDs were made in Japan. And naturally the first three CDs I ever purchased were by Paul McCartney – shocker I know.

The reason I like the earlier CDs made in Japan is that they are generally better made than modern CDs and the mastering is usually the same as what was made for the vinyl issue making them sound better than later CD issues of these albums.

I knew that odds were this longbox version may not be the earliest CD pressing of this album and of course since my curiosity won out I opened the longbox to make sure.

As you can see from the photos above this CD isn’t an early issue and was probably manufactured I’m guessing around 1987 to 1989 from the looks of the matrix information. This version does indeed sound nice and sounds like a slightly louder mastering than my early made in Japan CD which I think may sound a tad better but this disc is no slouch in the sound department that’s for sure.

Somewhere I have a remastered version of this album that came out around 2002 or so but I don’t really like the sound of that particular version. It sounds too hot and kind of clips in spots. It’s not a terrible sounding disc but I much prefer the earlier CD issues of this album as they are warmer and more dynamic to my ears.

Well anyway that’s all I have for now. I wanted to celebrate Barbra turning 80 the only way I know how by looking at her music in some of the formats that I own it on.

As usual you can see photos above and below of the various versions I own of “The Broadway Album”. The top section of photos highlight my recent longbox CD find while the bottom photos highlight my vinyl copy as well as the made in Japan copy I found as a used CD a few years after I bought the album on vinyl in 1985.

Until next time be safe and well and hopefully see you soon and Happy Birthday Barbra!

More Monkees to Love – Run Out Groove Hits Another Home Run with Their New “More of the Monkees” 2LP Vinyl Reissue

It’s been a couple of good years recently for all things Monkees related at least as far as new releases and concerts are concerned.

With the recent (and excellent) “Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees” mini-tour just this past month not to mention last year’s “The Monkees Farewell Tour”, featuring Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith, plus the stupendous “The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story” expanded book reissue by Andrew Sandoval in 2021 as well as Run Out Groove’s 2 LP vinyl reissue of “The Monkees” also in 2021 it’s been quite a time to be a Monkees fan – with some exceptions.

The biggest exception of course was the death of Mike Nesmith this past December. Nesmith’s death cast a major pale on all future Monkees activities as there is now only one surviving Monkee left, Micky Dolenz, to carry the torch for the group’s legacy.

The fact that such high quality new releases and concerts are even happening at all now is a very healing thing for most Monkees fans and a welcome mental balm for the realization that time is indeed ticking on faster and faster with each passing year and soon The Monkees will be a complete thing of the past.

BUT not all is doom and gloom this week my friends. A couple of days ago I happened to receive a most groovy and superb new 2LP vinyl numbered reissue of The Monkees biggest selling album “More of the Monkees” from 1967.

The “More of the Monkees” album spent 18 weeks at the number one position on the Billboard Top 200 charts at the beginning of 1967 while managing to also sell a whopping five million copies+ in the process. Looking back those kind of numbers are truly remarkable and show just how popular the so-called “pre-fab” four were for a time in the late 1960s.

So how does this new Run Out Groove reissue of “More of the Monkees” stand up in comparison to previous reissues of this classic album? In a word: marvelously.

First off much like last year’s Run Out Groove reissue of “The Monkees” this new 2 LP version of “More of the Monkees” is a total quality product from start to finish. The artwork, the packaging, the song selection, the mastering (done by the esteemed Kevin Grey) and even the record labels are done with such care and precision that I doubt you ever find a more lovingly put together reissue of this album.

The main album itself on the first disc in this set is a wonderful remaster of the original stereo mix from 1967. Having played this first album a couple of times I can say that for sure this new mastering is really well done but the limitations of the original stereo mix are also very apparent as well.

The original 1967 stereo mix had a lot of brightness baked into the mix and at higher volumes this new remaster can sound a bit brittle and edgy. I found that for this first disc if I kept the sound a tad bit lower in volume the brightness wasn’t too much of an issue. In fact the album now sounds a bit more punk and/or grungy which gives it a bit more rockier feel than the original Colgems vinyl from 1967.

I will say though that the bass and vocals really shine on this new remaster so while this new reissue isn’t as sonically pleasing as the 2021 Run Out Groove reissue of “The Monkees” the fault lies not in the mastering which is overall superb but the original mix itself.

The second disc features a nice selection of unreleased outtakes and mixes that didn’t come out during the 1960s. This amazing disc contains stereo and mono mixes of songs that for the most part are actually better than several of the songs that did make it onto the original “More of the Monkees” album.

(Note: Not only is the track selection great but the sound really improves on this second disc with no hint of the brightness or edginess of the first disc. Of course these outtakes and remixes didn’t get treated to the same amount of bouncing, etc. that the original album mix did and several of these mixes on disc two are fresh remixes from the multi-tracks which helps to improve the sound).

Take a look at the track listing of disc two:

Side 1:

  1. Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears (stereo) 2:18
  2. Don’t Listen To Linda (2017 stereo remix) 2:29
  3. I’ll Be Back Up On My Feet (first recorded version) 2:38
  4. Of You (mono mix) 1:58
  5. I Don’t Think You Know Me (second recorded version – mono mix) 2:20
  6. Words (first recorded version – mono TV mix) 2:49
  7. Valleri (first recorded version – mono TV mix) 2:32

Side 2:

  1. Through The Looking Glass (first recorded version – 2017 stereo remix) 2:34
  2. I Never Thought It Peculiar (mono TV mix) 2:13
  3. Tear Drop City (1966 mono mix) 2:18
  4. Hold On Girl (first recorded version – 2017 stereo remix 2:46
  5. I’ll Spend My Life With You (first recorded version – 2017 stereo remix) 2:32
  6. Mr. Webster (first recorded version – 2017 stereo remix) 2:52
  7. (I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love (first recorded version – 2017 stereo remix) 3:18

Honestly if you kept this second discs lineup but  swiped out “Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears”, “Don’t Listen To Linda”, “I Never Thought It Peculiar” and “Of You” and replaced them with “She”, “Sometime in the Morning”, “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” and “I’m a Believer” you’d have an even stronger and improved “More of the Monkees” album.

Actually though there’s not a bad song in the bunch on this second disc so it would really be hard to decide which version of “More of the Monkees” would be best so I’m glad that at least now we have what amounts to another new Monkees 1967 album that is every bit equal to and in some ways superior to the first two Monkees albums that did get released.

And of course the liner notes on this new reissue of “More of the Monkees” are some of the best liner notes on any issue of this album that I’ve ever seen. Monkees manager and historian Andrew Sandoval, who also cut the disc along with Kevin Grey, put a lot of new details from recently discovered court documents from the 1960s from The Monkees themselves that really illuminate what was going on behind the scenes during the making of this album.

A lot of drama and friction between the group and the powers that be (Don Kirshner, Colgems Records, Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson) are detailed in these notes and really make for a powerful and entertaining read as you listen to the discs. Since a lot of these interviews, especially from Jones and Nesmith, feature new details about the recording process for the first few Monkees discs this new reissue is truly a wonderful peak behind the curtains of the pop world of LA circa 1966/67.

I have to say with the results this good I’m praying that several more, if not all, of the original Monkees albums get this deluxe vinyl treatment as these two Run Out Groove albums now stand as the final word in sound and packaging for these first two Monkees albums – they are truly that good!

As you can tell I’m very pleased with this new reissue of “More of the Monkees” and can’t say enough how good it is and any Monkees fan out there who likes this album and is reading this should run to your local indie record store, if you have one, as they may have the black vinyl version of this album in stock.

(Note 2: The version of the new Run Out Groove “More of the Monkees” vinyl set featured in this blog is the green vinyl version that was exclusive to the Run Out Groove Website and is now sold out)

So there you have it! A terrific new Monkees reissue has hit the shelves and has now landed happily on my own shelf and my turntable as well.

As usual you can see photos of this new reissue of “More of the Monkees” above and below.

Hopefully they’ll be some other new groovy Monkees reissues to spotlight in the near future as Andrew Sandoval has hinted on his Facebook and Instagram feeds. Hint: it has something to do with The Monkees “Headquarters” album/sessions.

Until next time be safe and well and enjoy the warmer weather and may you have a happy door into summer (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Monkees fans will get it).

See you round these parts soon!