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Monkees news: Debut album deluxe coming; 2011 tour tapes found

An expanded version of "The Monkees" is in the works.
An expanded version of "The Monkees" is in the works.
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Monkees archive expert Andrew Sandoval confirmed in an email to the Monkees Examiner that a new deluxe reissue of the Monkees debut album, called simply “The Monkees,” is in the works. The project was first revealed in an announcement at the recent Monkees Convention 2014.

“The first album box is still being compiled and cleared. No details yet,” he said.

But there may be even bigger news in the future. We asked him if the tapes that Davy Jones told us about in one of our interviews with him that were made from the Monkees 2011 tour, which was his last (it's in our book “Meet a Monkee: Davy Jones” of our interviews with Davy) have been located.

“I have all of the 2011 tour recordings. That would be a great CD project someday,” he said.

Cross your fingers.

More of the Monkees Convention: Along with our story on the Monkeephiles tribute group (that included some great pics of the group with Mike, Micky and Peter), the latest Times Square Gossip blog by G. H. Harding has a lengthy report on the convention. One of the author's observations was “I can’t think of another band (heritage or not) that has consistently had so many devoted fans. Young and old (and there were literally dozens and kids!), they came prepared with great questions and often a staggering degree of insight in the group’s wide catalog.” And we're still looking for your reports on the convention. Email us.

Dave Clark Five does the Monkees: It's been quietly on iTunes since 2010, but how many people know that the Dave Clark Five covered “Last Train To Clarksville”? It's the title song of the first of three albums of unreleased tracks available through iTunes. It appears to be a track recorded later in their career, but the vocal is by the late great (and vastly underrated Mike Smith). The three albums of unreleased material (“Last Train to Clarksville,” “Unreleased Tracks, Vol. 2” and “Unreleased Tracks, Vol. 3”) have a mixture of good and better songs, but if you like the DC5, you might want to consider getting them.

Also, the DC5 will be the subject of a 90-minute PBS special that will air nationally in April. We've seen the special and though it doesn't have “Last Train,” it does have a lot of the great music they were known for.

Actress who appeared on "The Monkees" series dies: Patrice Wymore Flynn, third wife of actor Errol Flynn, has died at age 87, the Los Angeles Times reported. According to IMDB.com, she played Madame Quagmeyer in "Monkees à la Mode."

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