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Monday
May132013

1969 Monkees Album to Be Reissued as an Expanded Box Set

Rhino HandmadeA limited-edition box set offering an expanded and remastered version of The Monkees' 1969 album The Monkees Present is tentatively scheduled to be released in late July.  Only 5,000 copies of the three-CD set will be available, each individually numbered.  The package, which was overseen by Monkees expert and reissue producer Andrew Sandoval, will include an impressive 85 tracks, 60 of which are previously unreleased.

The Monkees Present found the band in a transitional period. It was the second album The Monkees recorded without Peter Tork, who'd left the group earlier that year, and would be the last to feature Michael Nesmith until 1996's reunion disc, Justus.  While no song on Present cracked the top 40, the album does feature Nesmith's country-rock classic "Listen to the Band."

The box set, meanwhile, boasts a wide variety of outtakes, backing tracks, alternate versions and other rarities, including promotional radio ads.  The package also features a bonus 7-inch vinyl single with an alternate mix of Nesmith's twangy "Good Clean Fun" as the A side and a mono mix of Micky Dolenz's anti-war anthem "Mommy and Daddy" as the B side.

The Monkees Present box set is priced at $59.98 and can be pre-ordered now exclusively at Monkees.com.

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