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Wednesday, February 24 2016 16:02

Here They Come... THE MONKEES Action Figures

Though the series arrived 10 years before I was born, I found myself enamored with THE MONKEES during re-runs on WFLD Channel 32 here in Chicago - the same place were I first experienced many cool things as a kid (1966 BATMAN, THE GREEN HORNET, GREAT SPACE COASTER, etc.). I'm not sure what the current status is of new listeners finding their music (I've played it for The Rock Daughters on vinyl), or new viewers experiencing the show, but the folks at Figures Toy Company are releasing several different series' of MONKEES action figures, all done in a 1970s Mego-style, much like they've done with THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, KISS and the DC Comics SUPER FRIENDS. Announced over a year ago, these were actually supposed to have been released last Fall, but they're coming to Entertainment Earth this Spring...

If you're into music history like me, a must-see for this year needs to be THE WRECKING CREW. Just-released on Blu-ray by Magnolia Pictures, Denny Tedesco's documentary was inspired by his father, Tommy - a member of the legendary, yet largely unknown musicians known as The Wrecking Crew - the true performers behind some of the biggest hits of the 60s and 70s. In fact, the sheer volume of famous tunes that this crew contributed to is in large part the reason that this film (which started loose production back in 1996) took so long to get a proper release - the music licensing fees were expensive.  After some limited screenings, Tedesco raised funds via Kickstarter to get the licensing wrapped, and now it's available to the masses. The folks at Magnolia Pictures recently provided me with a couple of copies on Blu-ray, and one of those could soon be yours...

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On June 16, the acclaimed documentary, THE WRECKING CREW comes home on DVD and Blu-ray from Magnolia Pictures. If you've ever listened to a hit record of the 1960s - then this film should strike your interest - the true story about the talented session players that were heard on some of the biggest records of the era. From THE BEACH BOYS to THE MONKEES, FRANK SINATRA to NAT KING COLE, SONNY AND CHER to THE THE BYRDS and beyond, these are the players who made the hits, and many audiences never knew of their existence until now. Check out a preview below...

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I'm a sucker for a good cover song, and that's something that I've noted often over the years. In a way, I guess you could say that I'm a 'collector' of covers, with countless compilations devoted to artists putting their personal stamp on another artist's work residing on the shelves and in the files of my personal archives. This week there's a new piece available in the form of A LITTLE LOVE, a 10-song collection of acoustic re-imaginings from RENEE & JEREMY. While the duo is known for their kid-friendly works, A LITTLE LOVE is really an album for both kids and grownups alike.