The Monkees Justus 180g LP (Clear Vinyl)
180g Audiophile Clear Vinyl Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso From Original Rhino Records Tapes!
The Monkees have been one of the world’s most enduring rock and pop acts of all
time. Since their beginnings in 1966, their television show, multiplatinum
albums, hit singles and concert tours truly made The Monkees one of the most
colossal stories ever in the music business.
In 1996, after a thirty year hiatus as a quartet, the original Monkees Davy
Jones, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork went back to the studio and
recorded what would ultimately be their final studio project, the Justus album.
Noted for their return to the studio and touring around the legendary release,
this final work also found The Monkees as the sole musicians, vocalists, writers
and production team for all of the tracks assembled for the recording. The
results truly showed one of the more organically produced albums ever from their
superstar catalog of fine recordings.
Originally an idea spearheaded by Michael Nesmith, the Justus album was
conceptual in nature almost mirroring the original idea behind their classic
Headquarters album, which like Justus, showcased these four musical talents as a
team and offered no single track to radio but instead a full musical album
Opening up with a new take on Circle Sky, Michael Nesmith is on top of his game
with this metal-like rocker originally from Head. Featuring a wall of loud
guitars, retro lyrics and chorus, this classic track was performed at the
reunion concerts around this album, and once again reemphasized the importance
of the original quartet setting, making this a great intro track.
Davy Jones belts out one of his finest compositions with the uptempo groove of
Oh, What A Night. The tune truly resonated with the fans back then and continues
to be one of the more appreciated classics in his long list of time tested
Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones repeat the magic with their revisit of You And I
from their Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart era. Featuring a strong vocal performance
by the duo and the stunning guitar work of both Monkees’ Peter Tork and Michael
Nesmith, this track truly captures the innocence and the feel of their sixties
sound, as it became a time tested track well into their final tour of 2011.
Much like their Instant Replay (Friday Music 113) album, Micky Dolenz
contributes a good helping of original compositions to the Justus project.
Either rockers like Dyin’ Of A Broken Heart, the blues balladry of It’s My Life,
or the Rolling Stones vibe of Regional Girl, the Justus album was a watershed
for Dolenz’s writings and vocal prowess which truly makes this 1996 session a
Peter Tork was always one of the more intriguing writers and musicians of the
band, and it is fitting that the more progressive sounds would derive from his
pen with the classic I Believe You as well as his fine prog-rock track Run Away
From Life featuring the powerful vocals of Davy Jones.
The late great Davy Jones gets the honor of closing out this wonderful album
with his classic ballad It’s Not Too Late. With his stunning vocal and heartfelt
lyrics , and the brilliant chorus from the his Monkees brethren, the song in
itself is a fitting tribute to these four geniuses, as the legacy of this
superstar band will forever stand the test of time.
Friday Music is once again very honored to announce the continuation of The
Monkees Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series with the first time vinyl album
release of their 1996 masterwork Justus. Mastered by Joe Reagoso (The Monkees/Elvis
Presley/Brian Wilson) from the original Rhino Records tapes at Friday Music
Studios, this first time audiophile vinyl release is also for a very short time
being offered in limited edition clear vinyl as well as a first time gatefold
The Monkees... Justus... First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Release... LIMITED
EDITION CLEAR VINYL... Their final work together... captured in the audiophile
domain... only from your friends at Friday Music.
• Limited Edition
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• Clear Vinyl
• Mastered from Original Rhino Records Tapes
• Mastered by Joe Reagoso
• First time gatefold cover
Micky Dolenz, drums, vocals
Peter Tork, bass, keyboards, vocals
Davy Jones, percussion, vocals
Michael Nesmith, guitars, vocals
1. Circle Sky
2. Never Enough
3. Oh, What A Night
4. You And I
5. Unlucky Stars
6. Admiral Mike
1. Dyin' Of A Broken Heart
2. Regional Girl
3. Run Away From Life
4. I Believe You
5. It's My Life
6. It's Not Too Late