Instant Replay

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The year 1969 was a tough one for the Monkees. Their TV show was long canceled, their special 33? Revolutions Per Monkee was kind of a disaster (running up against the Academy Awards), and Peter Tork left the band. Despite all this, Instant Replay, the album they released in February of 1969, is actually quite good. Made up of a couple older songs they dug out of the vaults and newly recorded tracks done separately by each member, there are moments of pop brilliance sprinkled throughout and each of the remaining Monkees truly shines (some more brightly or oddly than the others). The old songs are perfectly Monkees-sounding; "Tear Drop City" was written by old friends Boyce ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The year 1969 was a tough one for the Monkees. Their TV show was long canceled, their special 33? Revolutions Per Monkee was kind of a disaster (running up against the Academy Awards), and Peter Tork left the band. Despite all this, Instant Replay, the album they released in February of 1969, is actually quite good. Made up of a couple older songs they dug out of the vaults and newly recorded tracks done separately by each member, there are moments of pop brilliance sprinkled throughout and each of the remaining Monkees truly shines (some more brightly or oddly than the others). The old songs are perfectly Monkees-sounding; "Tear Drop City" was written by old friends Boyce & Hart and rocks like the "Last Train to Clarksville" knockoff it is, and "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" is the kind of melancholy Goffin & King ballad Nesmith was always able to knock out of the park. Of the songs done by individual Monkees, they break down along more or less predictable lines. Nesmith's two songs are strong country-rock ballads; "Don't Wait for Me" gently rollicks along and "While I Cry" has one of Mike's tenderest vocals. Micky's two are weird and musically scattered, but impressive all the same; "Just a Game" is a tightly wound song that sounds like one of Davy's showstoppers with its guts ripped out, while "Shorty Blackwell" is harder to describe and hearing it makes you wish Micky had really dedicated himself to music after the Monkees split. If he could have cranked out a whole album as "Broadway on acid" as this, it would have been amazing. Davy's songs played to his strengths but showed some artistic growth too. Yeah, he was reliably sappy ("Don't Listen to Linda") and happily bouncy ("Me Without You"), but he also showed an impressively adult side on Goffin & King's sophisticated ballad "Man Without a Dream" and, with the help of Neil Young (!) on guitar, rocked very hard on a very tough-sounding "You and I." When you add up the catchy pop tunes, the weirdness, the heartfelt emotion, and the overall sound of the record, it stands with the group's best work. Too bad it was ignored at the time and the band quickly splintered afterwards. [The bonus tracks added to Rhino's 1995 reissue make the album even more impressive. The non-album single "Someday Man" is one of Davy's best songs; he gives the Paul Williams-penned track a healthy dose of bravado and style. The rest are outtakes and alternate versions, including a spare take of Nesmith's classic psych-country "Carlisle Wheeling."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/1995
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227179649
  • Catalog Number: 71796

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Monkees Primary Artist
Glen Campbell Guitar
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Michael Nesmith Guitar, Vocals
Neil Young Guitar
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Victor Feldman Percussion
Ted Nash Flute
Jimmy Rowles Keyboards
Keith Allison Guitar
James Burton Guitar
Mike Deasy Sr. Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Red Rhodes Steel Guitar
Davy Jones Vocals
Louie Shelton Guitar
Micky Dolenz Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Jim Gordon Drums
Larry Taylor Bass
Don Addrisi Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Max Bennett Bass
George Berres Violin
Tommy Boyce Background Vocals
Harold Bradley Electric Guitar
Bud Brisbois Trumpet
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Bill Chadwick Guitar
Marion Childers Trumpet
Gary Coleman Percussion
Frank DeVito Drums
James A. Decker French Horn
Chip Douglas Bass
Bobby Dyson Bass
Bob Edmondson Trombone
Wayne Erwin Guitar
Alan Estes Percussion
Bobby Hart Background Vocals
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Milt Holland Percussion
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Anatol Kaminsky Violin
Armand Karpoff Cello
Nathan Kaproff Violin
George Kast Violin
Larry Knechtel Keyboards
Bernard Kundell Violin
Ronald Langinger Flute
Marvin Limonick Violin
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Jacqueline Lustgarten Cello
Lew McCreary Trombone
Ollie Mitchell Trumpet
Wayne Moss Electric Guitar
Erno Neufeld Violin
Sonny Osborne Banjo
Earl Palmer Drums
Richard Perissi French Horn
Joe Porcaro Percussion
Norbert Putnam Bass
Emil Richards Percussion
George Roberts Trombone
Nathan Ross Violin
Michel Rubini Harpsichord, Tack Piano
Clifford Shank Flute
Kenny Shroyer Trombone
Joseph Stephansky Violin
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Bobby Thompson Banjo
Peter Tork Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ray Triscari Trumpet
David Walters Percussion
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
William Hinshaw French Horn
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Gerry McGee Guitar
Alex Murray Violin
Kurt Reher Cello
Richard Dey Bass
Justin DiTullio Cello
Marie Fera Cello
Fast Eddie Hoh Drums
Michael Melvoin Piano
Sam Freed Violin
Coco Dolenz Background Vocals
Lloyd Luhman Trumpet
Al Casey Guitar
Joe Osborn Bass
Jerry Williams Percussion
Bill Lewis Drums
David Briggs Piano
Bob West Bass
David Duke French Horn
Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Producer
Ian Hunter Composer
Michael Nesmith Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Producer
Davy Jones Producer
Micky Dolenz Producer
Tommy Boyce Producer
Bobby Hart Producer
Bones Howe Producer
Andrew Sandoval Liner Notes
Steve Pitts Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was 1969

    I had this as an LP when I was a big fan of theirs,except the extra cuts were not on that album that are on the cd. Unfortunately no thanks to my dog who was looking for something to chew on,the record was history. This is not a bad album to listen to and enjoy.

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