The first album I ever bought was off a TV commercial way back in the 70’s. We were watching the TBS channel, but for us it was a local channel as we were from Atlanta. This was before it became a cable channel. TBS was showing re-runs of the TV show The Monkees. I saw that commercial and begged my mom to buy that album as I really, really wanted it. Well, being the fantastic mom she was, she picked up the phone, made a call and the next thing you know I had a copy of that album. It was The Monkees Greatest Hits and I still have that record today (see below).
Fast forward about 46 years later and I’m still a Monkees fan. But I didn’t have any of their other albums in my collection. I was on Amazon and I saw this box set called 50: Classic Album Collection by The Monkees. It had their first 9 albums included as well as a bonus disc of other tracks. I asked Santa for it and guess what was under the tree.
The Box Set came out in 2016 and is celebrating the band’s 50th Anniversary as they started in 1966. It was released on April 16, 2016 and was a Record Store Day special. I missed this because my first Record Store Day wasn’t until 2017 because if I was back in to collecting in 2016, I would’ve bought this then with no questions asked as it was limited to only 3,000 copies. Now, when I asked for this for Christmas, I actually assumed the box set was only the black vinyl, but when I opened it up and pulled out the debut album, it was a colored vinyl, in fact, they all were a different color. Man, what a surprise it was. There was nothing on the label to tell you if you got the standard black or the color…I got lucky I guess.
Only two more weeks of new releases worth mentioning before Christmas, including this one. This is one of those rare weeks where there is nothing I am really interested in and that is probably a good thing because I need to catch up on everything I have picked up over the last couple months. Wait a minute…there is now one that only announced yesterday so might be one I am interested in. Take a look through the list and see if there is anything for you. Let me know what you want to hear and what I may have missed. Hopefully something will get those ears burning! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!
Taylor Swift – Evermore – (Taylor Swift): SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!! Taylor announced only yesterday that she was dropping a new album today!!! That is two albums in 4 months!! Someone has been busy!!! I might check this out as the last Folklore was quite interesting and a nice departure from her normal music.
Foster the People – In the Darkest of Nights, Let the Birds Sing E.P. – (Foster the People)
I am sitting here eating lunch and learned that Peter Tork of the Monkees died today, February 21, 2019. Peter was 77 and passes almost 7 years to the day after Davy Jones (February 29, 2012). I haven’t been doing memorials for passing artists lately as I saved that for my year end In Memoriam list, but I am going to make an exception.
Growing up, The Monkees were a big influence on me. Their whimsical behavior and their music were a big part of my childhood. I am sure it was that Beatles sound, but whatever it was, I loved it (They outsold the Beatles for a short time, by the way).
Peter was the lovable goofball bass player who might have been my favorite on the show as he always made me laugh. Now, I didn’t see the shows live, but I did watch them religiously on the cable station TBS back in the 70’s. The first album my parents bought for me was The Monkees Greatest Hits. They ordered off one of those TV commercials because I am sure I hounded them until they did. I still have that vinyl today and it plays beautifully.
I am going to keep this short, but wanted to pay my respects to Peter Tork. Thanks for the musical memories and the joy you brought me as a little kid.
The Monkees?? Yes, The Monkees! I love the Monkees. The first album I ever got that was mine was a Monkees album. So why not dedicate a whole Tuesday’s Memes collection to them. They are more deserving than some I have done so far. So, sit back and enjoy! Maybe by the end you will be a believer!! (Yes, I went there!)