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Hey Hey They’re Monkees! Two New Complete Season DVDs To Be Released on September 27

On September 27, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release both television seasons of The Monkees in two separate boxed sets. This is the first time in over 10 years that both seasons have become available on DVD, since their original Rhino Records release. [MSRP $39.98 per set]

The 32 half-hour episodes of Season #1, contained on six discs, originally aired in 1966. It was the first time on American television that a situation comedy keyed in on the zany escapades of a Beatles-styled rock band. The type of stylized new-age cinematic techniques (ala A Hard Day’s Night) were coupled with music from some of finest songwriters in America (Gerry Goffin/Carole King, David Gates, Neil Diamond, Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil). The terminally cute vocalist Davy Jones, guitarist Mike Nesmith, bassist Peter Tork and drummer Micky Dolenz catapulted songs such as “I’m A Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” into huge hits. Bonus features for the first season include commentary from the band and the show’s directors, trivia for each episode, a 16mm version of the original pilot, discography and vintage Monkees Kelloggs commercials.

The 26 episodes of 1967’s Emmy Award-winning Season #2, spread out over five discs, contains bonus commentary, trivia and discography. One can see a maturation in musical style between the two seasons as Jones, Nesmith, Tork and Dolenz actually transform themselves into that which they, at first, portrayed as actors. Their innate comedic talents, coupled with their obvious musical ingenuity, makes both seasons a fascinating time capsule of the 1960s.

Ultimately, all four proved themselves to be talented musicians, vocalists and songwriters in their own right who fought and won the freedom to make their own music. The Monkees aired on NBC television for two seasons, allowing the group to continue to record and tour for years afterwards.


Monkee Micky Dolenz Comes To Copiague’s Tanner Park Friday (July 22)

MICKY DOLENZ, the lead-singer of the legendary group The Monkees (who are just wrapping up the first-leg of their summer, 45th Anniversary tour) comes to Long Island, this Friday, at Copiague’s Tanner Park. Tanner will be Dolenz’s first date on his own summer-tour, which includes a series of dates around the country.

Says Dolenz, “It’s been a particularly active spring and summer; I finished up the U.K. production of ‘Hairspray’ (where he essayed Wilbur Turnblad) in May; started The Monkees-tour with tens shows in the U.K., and have been crossing the country ever since. It’s been just great; we’re doing all the songs and the reaction has just been great … really tremendous.”

The artist says the his solo shows contain a bunch of different songs, including several songs from his critically-praised solo album of last year called KING FOR A DAY (Gigatone Records); which had the artist performing 13 songs from writer Carole King. “The Monkees had some of the best songwriters ever, Neil Diamond, Nilsson, Boyce and Hart, Paul Williams, and of course, Carole, so it was a real joy to make that album. It’s something I wanted to do for years.” Dolenz and his band will perform “Sometime In The Morning” and “Crying In The Rain” from that album.

He’ll also perform some of the classic Monkee-hits in their original form. “I think it’s only fair to let the audience hear what they want to hear. A reggae-version of one of our hits might not be the smartest thing to do, right?”

He’ll continue with both shows until at least October and then there are some pending offers from some Broadway-shows waiting for him. “I’ve done AIDA, GREASE, HAIRSPRAY … and, love it. Musical theater is a tremendous outlet to flex those other muscles.”