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1969 Monkees Album to Be Reissued as an Expanded Box Set

Image courtesy of Rhino Handmade (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Rhino Handmade (via ABC News Radio)

A 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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