The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz and Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone together candidly discuss anecdotes about their groups and their life in music on a brand new two-disc CD set, “An Evening With Peter Noone & Micky Dolenz,” to be released in the UK on 7A Records March 7 and the following week in the U.S., the company announced Jan. 28. The CD was recorded at two stops at The Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York, on Jan. 7 and Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, on Jan. 9 from a series of three live shows on stage this month.
According to Iain Lee’s CD liner notes, the shows are fairly complete except for some minor edits. The two men didn’t use a script and talked on a stage that had just two chairs, two water bottles and guitarist Vance Brescia, who was there to provide musical cues when needed. During the shows, they gave insights about their lives both onstage and off. And because the shows were unscripted, the two nights featured on the set aren’t copies of each other. The set includes an eight-page color booklet with exclusive pictures.
The track listings, which give an idea of what the two discuss, include “My Mom Was a Huge Fan of Yours,” “Micky and the One Nighters,” “There Was a War,” “I Met Elvis, Who Did You Meet?,” “Not Many People Have Been Beaten Up By John Lennon,” “Let’s Go and Meet Those Monkees Guys,” “The Beatles Came Second,” “Monkee Meets Beatle,” “I Met Johnny Cash,” “Brian Wilson Is Coming Over,” “I Got to Hang With John Lennon,” “I’ve Forgotten the Lyrics To Clarksville” and “Second Verse, Same As the First.” Songs referred to during the shows include “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Cuddly Toy,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “I’m Hen-e-ry The Eighth, I Am,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “The Witch Doctor” and “When I’m 64.”
“I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive about drifting into uncharted waters with my ‘Conversations with Peter Noone’ but Peter is such a wonderful host and I was as fascinated by his stories as I hope he was by mine,” Dolenz says. “Like the rest of the inquisitive audience I enjoyed sitting chatting and having fun with my fellow entertainer and friend Micky Dolenz,” said Noone. The two had worked together previous on the Teen Idols tour and also at the Fest for Beatles Fans.
7A Records, which has previously released “Micky Dolenz – The MGM Singles Collection,” a set of previously rare Dolenz recordings digitally and on vinyl, says it has a CD version of the set in the works that will include bonus tracks. It also plans a separate 7” vinyl release of two previously unreleased Dolenz songs “Chance Of A Lifetime” and “Livin’ On Lies.” The company also has recently released “First Bobby Hart Solo Album” by the songwriter who co-wrote many of the Monkees’ songs with Tommy Boyce. 7A Records says it also has plans for releases featuring Boyce. Hart also recently published his autobiography “Psychedelic Bubble Gum.”