Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Month of Monkees: Singles Collection Episode 56

Today we have a special Singles Collection episode featuring, of course, The Monkees. Back in 2007, RHINO Records released the second phase of their "Deluxe Edition" Monkees reissues with the release of the deluxe editions of "Headquarters" and "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, LTD.". With these releases came a special promotion. If you ordered both of them from RHINO before a certain time, they sent you a bonus vinyl 45 containing an unreleased song and an alternate mix of "Daydream Believer" complete with an all new picture sleeve. The unreleased song was a tune called "“I Didn’t Know You Had It In You Sally”. It was taped for the group in February ’67, but Micky didn’t lay his vocal on the track till ’69. The alternate mix of “Daydream Believer” shows what the song was like before the addition of brass and strings. It features a cool extended ending. What's even cooler is that they wrote in the inner wax! The "Sally" side says "SALLY KNEW MAGNOLIA!". This is a reference to Magnolia Simms. "Sally" is very similar in the style and even in the addition of surface noise to the recording. The "Daydream" side says "HOW FUNKY!". You've got to love the fact that they went out of their way to do that! Here is that single for you, complete with picture sleeve. Enjoy!

The Monkees-I Didn't Know You Had It In You Sally/Daydream Believer single


In 1986, the Monkees were headlining what would become the highest money-making tour of the year. They released a hits compilation called "Then and Now, The Best of The Monkees" that featured three new songs recorded by Micky and Peter. The first single off of this album was "That Was Then, This Is Now", a cover of a song originally recorded by the Mosquitos. The second single was supposed to be another of the three new songs but Arista records (with a lot of persuasion by one Mr. Davy Jones) chose to release a remixed version of "Daydream Believer" instead. To "80s-a-fy" the song, they increased the speed a tad, added new drums and bass and gave it a "tinnier, higher pitched" sound. The results were not what they had hoped. It came and went with not much of a fanfare. They did release it with a picture sleeve that was pretty much a copy of the original picture sleeve from the 1967 version. Here is that remix. (by the way, the original pressing of Then and Now featured the original recording of Daydream Believer. All of the reissues featured the remix.) Enjoy!

The Monkees-Daydream Believer 1986 Remix


Dualtrack said...

Thanks for this!

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