Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Month of Monkees: Hey Hey We're Turning Japanese

Three days ago I posted the "legal bootleg", The Monkees Talk Downunder" and talked a little bit about the "Far East Tour" that the boys undertook in 1968. Since we spent some time talking about the Australian part of the tour then, we focus on the Japan portion of the tour today. It was in Japan that the band played two concerts at Festival Hall in Osaka on October 7 and 8, 1968 . One of these shows was filmed and later broadcast on Japanese television. This recording, however, has never been officially released. The video from this broadcast is presumed lost forever. The audio, on the other hand, is presented for you here. Here is the complete audio from that Japanese television broadcast complete with the announcers telling the viewers what each song is before we hear it. This is a great sounding bootleg and the Monkees as a band are on fire! In my opinion, the performances on this bootleg outshine the ones released on "Live 1967" by a long shot. Judge for yourself when you listen to "The Monkees-Made In Japan". Enjoy!

The Monkees-Made In Japan

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