Instant Replay

Instant Replay

by The Monkees
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
01/24/1995
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227179625
catalogNumber:
71796

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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   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
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
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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