1969 The Monkees ‎– Instant Replay

Instant Replay is the seventh studio album by The Monkees. Issued six months after the cancellation of the group’s NBC television series, it is also the first album released after Peter Tork left the group and the only album of the original nine studio albums that does not include any songs featured in the TV show from the original NBC run nor the CBS/ABC reruns.

Although the Monkees had recorded dozens of tracks between the time of their last studio album, spring 1968’s The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees (a soundtrack LP from their film Head had been released between the two studio LPs), several of the songs on Instant Replay actually dated from sessions up to two and a half years earlier.

The band’s new music supervisor, Brendan Cahill, believed that releasing previously unused tracks recorded in 1966—prior to the group’s seizing control of their own recording process—was the way for the group to get back to the top. The album’s lead single, “Tear Drop City,” was one of the songs taken from the vault. The song was sped up around 9 percent from the original recording, changing the song’s key from G to A-flat. The single, notably similar to the group’s first hit “Last Train to Clarksville”, was identified by Michael Nesmith as their intended first single in 1966. The track was not a major hit, only managing to reach No. 56 on the U.S. charts, while reaching No. 34 in Australia. Despite the single’s poor chart performance, the album charted on the Billboard Top 40 Albums chart at 32.

Micky Dolenz’s “Just a Game” had originally been written during the sessions of the Headquarters album, while Nesmith’s “Don’t Wait for Me” was the first released product of his 1968 sessions with Nashville studio musicians. Davy Jones’ “You and I,” with its lyrics bemoaning the fickle pace of teen stardom, featured guitar work from Neil Young.

Tracks

1  Through The Looking Glass (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Red Baldwin) 2:43
2  Don’t Listen To Linda (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) 2:47
3  I Won’t Be The Same Without Her (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) 2:41
4  You and I (Bill Chadwick, Davy Jones) 2:13
5  Just A Game (Micky Dolenz) 1:49
6  Me Without You (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) 2:09
7  Don’t Wait For Me (Michael Nesmith) 2:34
8  Teardrop City (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) 2:02
9  While I Cry (Michael Nesmith) 2:59
10  The Girl I Left Behind Me (Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Sedaka) 2:43
11  A Man Without A Dream (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) 2:59
12  Shorty Blackwell (Micky Dolenz) 5:42

Media

Musicians

1 Through The Looking Glass

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsBilly Lewis
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarKeith Allison
GuitarLouie Shelton
GuitarWayne Erwin
PercussionAlan Estes
VocalsMicky Dolenz


2 Don’t Listen To Linda

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsBilly Lewis
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarLouie Shelton
GuitarTommy Boyce
VocalsDavy Jones


3 I Won’t Be The Same Without Her

BassBob West
DrumsHal Blaine
GuitarAl Casey
GuitarGlen Campbell
GuitarJames Burton
GuitarMike Deasy
GuitarPeter Tork
PercussionFrank Devito
PercussionGary Coleman
VocalsMichael Nesmith


4 You and I

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsHal Blaine
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarNeil Young
GuitarBill Chadwick
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsLarry Knechtel
VocalsDavy Jones


5 Just A Game

BassMax Bennett
DrumsJim Gordon
Acoustic GuitarTommy Tedesco
Acoustic GuitarMicky Dolenz
HarpsichordMichel Rubini
FluteBud Shank
FluteRonnie Lang
FluteTed Nash
French HornDavid Duke
French HornRichard Perissi
French HornVince DeRosa
TromboneGeorge Roberts
TrumpetBud Brisbois
TrumpetBuddy Childers
TrumpetOllie Mitchell
TrumpetRay Triscari
PercussionJoe Porcaro
Background VocalsCoco Dolenz
VocalsMicky Dolenz


6 Me Without You

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsBilly Lewis
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsBobby Hart
VocalsDavy Jones


7 Don’t Wait For Me

BassBobby Dyson
DrumsJerry Carrigan
Acoustic GuitarHarold Bradley
Steel GuitarLloyd Green
BanjoSonny Osborne
PianoDavid Briggs
VocalsMichael Nesmith


8 Teardrop City

BassLarry Taylor
DrumsBilly Lewis
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarLouie Shelton
GuitarWayne Erwin
PercussionGene Estes
Background VocalsTommy Boyce
Background VocalsBobby Hart
Background VocalsRon Hicklin
VocalsMicky Dolenz


9 While I Cry

BassRichard Dey
DrumsEddie Hoh
GuitarMichael Nesmith
GuitarBill Chadwick
GuitarKeith Allison
Background VocalsHarry Nilsson
VocalsMichael Nesmith


10 The Girl I Left Behind Me

BassRuss Savakus
DrumsHerbie Lovelle
GuitarAl Gafa
GuitarBill Suyker
GuitarDon Thomas
KeyboardsNeil Sedaka
VocalsDavy Jones


11 A Man Without A Dream

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsHal Blaine
Acoustic GuitarMike Deasy
Acoustic GuitarTommy Tedesco
PianoJimmy Rowles
PianoLarry Knechtel
French HornJames Decker
French HornRichard Perissi
French HornVince DeRosa
French HornWilliam Hinshaw
TromboneBob Edmondson
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetBuddy Childers
TrumpetConte Candoli
Background VocalsDon Addrisi
VocalsDavy Jones


12 Shorty Blackwell

BassMax Bennett
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarTommy Tedesco
PianoMichel Rubini
PianoMicky Dolenz
VocalsMicky Dolenz

Other Musicians

Violin – Anatol Kaminsky, Bernard Kundell, Erno Neufeld, George Berres, Joseph Stepansky, Nathan Ross (Track 5)
Violin – Julius Schacter, Leo Kahn (Track 10)

Liner Notes

Producer – Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart (Tracks 1, 2, 8)
Producer – Michael Nesmith (Tracks 3, 7, 9)
Producer – Davy Jones (Track 4)
Producer – Micky Dolenz (Track 5)
Producer – Bones Howe (Track 11)
Arranged By – Don McGinnis (Tracks 1, 2, 6)
Arranged By – Michael Nesmith (Track 3, 7, 9)
Arranged By – Shorty Rogers (Track 4, 5, 12)
Arranged By – Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart (Track 8)
Arranged By – Neil Sedaka (Track 10)
Arranged By – Bill Holman, Bob Alcivar, Bones Howe (Track 11)

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Rhino Entertainment Company
Copyright (c) – Rhino Entertainment Company
Manufactured By – Rhino Entertainment Company
Marketed By – Rhino Entertainment Company
Recorded At – United Recorders
Recorded At – RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
Recorded At – Western Recorders
Recorded At – RCA Victor Studios, Nashville
Recorded At – Wally Heider Recording Studio, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Sunset Sound Recorders
Recorded At – RCA Victor Studios, New York
Recorded At – T.T.G. Studios
Recorded At – Amigo Studios