The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz Is Rereleasing an Album That Was Once Only Made for Purchase By Mail

TL;DR:

  • The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz was unable to secure a record deal for one of his albums.
  • Some of the songs from the album were recorded by The Monkees.
  • The album in question is getting rereleased.
The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork on a boat
The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The Monkees‘ Micky Dolenz has released several albums as a solo artist. One of those albums was previously only available via mail order. In addition, several songs on the album have a direct connection to The Monkees.

The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz was unable to secure a record deal for 1 of his albums

According to 7a Records, Dolenz crafted an album called Demoiselle comprised of songs he recorded between 1981 and 1992. The singer initially planned to release the album in the early 1990s. He was unable to secure a deal for it.

Ultimately, a version of Demoiselle containing nine songs was released exclusively via mail order. It was available for a short period of time in 1998. A rerelease of the album is scheduled for August 12, 2022.

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Micky Dolenz’s ‘Demoiselle’ has been out of print for many years

“This expanded reissue of Demoiselle has been more than two years in the making,” said 7a Records’ Glenn Gretlund. “We wanted to ensure that we could do the album justice and we have added everything to the package we possibly could, so that it now comes with three previously unreleased bonus tracks, a big 32-page booklet with extensive liner notes and previously unseen pictures.

“In addition, the recordings have been remastered from the original master tapes and I am really pleased with how everything has turned out,” Gretlund added. “I remember buying this album when it first came out in the early 1990s. It must have been out of print for at least 20 years and I’m delighted to be able to make this new, superior version available to the public.”

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The Monkees recorded some of the songs that appear on ‘Demoiselle’

Notably, some of the songs from Demoiselle were recorded by The Monkees, specifically “Dyin’ Of A Broken Heart,” “Never Enough,” and “Regional Girl.” “[Mike Nesmith] and [Peter Tork] and [Davy Jones] came over to my house,” Dolenz recalled. “I played them the tracks, some of them, and some of those are the ones that ended up on Justus.”

For context, Justus was the Prefab Four’s reunion album from 1996. The album did not chart on the Billboard 200 and none of its singles reached the Billboard Hot 100. Despite this, The Monkees would find chart success again. The band’s next album, 2016’s Good Times!, reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for four weeks.

The songs from Demoiselle didn’t receive a massive amount of attention but fans now have the opportunity to hear them with superior sound quality.

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