The Monkees Live in Japan Demixing Project

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by jrock1185, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. jrock1185

    jrock1185 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Here’s a project I’ve been working on recently... using demixing software I’ve been rebuilding and editing the Monkees Live in Japan bootleg into a stereo recreation of the concert without the Japanese announcers taking over the first half of the songs. So far I’ve completed:

    Last Train to Clarksville


    I Wanna Be Free
    I Wanna Be Free (Live In Japan - 1968) [Stereo Demix]

    Johnny B. Goode
    Johnny B. Goode (Live In Japan - 1968) [Stereo Demix]

    I’m almost finished with DW Washburn and once I’m finished with all the songs, I will post the whole concert in one, fully sequenced edit.

    As a proof of concept, I would love this to get positive attention from Rhino and/or 7A Records and turned into a real release. I know 7A back in 2017 were looking into releasing this and were denied by Warners, but I do believe the copyright would be up on these as of 2019 since the recording is from 1968, right?
     
  2. Lonesurf

    Lonesurf Forum Resident

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    Best of luck! I’ve always wanted a listenable copy of this concert.
     
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  3. FredV

    FredV Forum Resident

    Wishing you all the best with this project! :edthumbs:
     
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  4. Guy Smiley

    Guy Smiley America’s Favorite Game Show Host

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    Wishing you all the best too... You may be correct about the copyright. I just hope Warners/Rhino doesn’t try to screw with you on this. The performance has been out there for long enough. Make it happen!
     
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  5. jrock1185

    jrock1185 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Thanks all for the well wishes! I hope you have enjoyed the content so far - I should be posting DW Washburn tonight! Also, here’s the cover art I’ve been working on for the entire show...
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  6. Beatlened

    Beatlened Forum Resident

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    These are great. Thanks for the hard work
     
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  7. rswitzer

    rswitzer Forum Resident

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    Nicely done. Was it just the 4 of them on the posted songs? If so, they've really improved from 66/67!
     
  8. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

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    Sounds great, really great. Peter is really kicking butt on Clarksville.

    But wow...was the near-trainwreck in the first 25 seconds of Johnny B Goode always there under the talking?
     
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  9. jrock1185

    jrock1185 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    The solo segment of the concert is proving to the be the trickiest. Not only does the announcer talk more than usual but there's a nasty buzzing throughout many parts of the segment. When the announcer talk is removed there is still inherent damage to the recording itself requiring a lot of patchwork. The first 25 seconds of Johnny B. Goode is probably the most damaged section of all unfortunately so I fixed it the best I could.
     
  10. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

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    You did great! Just confirming I guess that what's going on there is the result of tape salvage rather than an actual Monkee trainwreck!
     
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  11. FredV

    FredV Forum Resident

    I think I hear a Hammond organ in 'Johnny B. Goode'. If so, I think that's Peter playing it.
     
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  12. FredV

    FredV Forum Resident

    Here’s another fan cover art that’s pretty good too.

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  13. jrock1185

    jrock1185 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Actually, during the solo segments of the Japan concerts (which consisted of "Cindy" by Peter, "Johnny B. Goode" by Mike, "Gonna Build a Mountain" by Davy, and "Got a Woman" by Micky) they are each individually backed by The Floral. Well, at least on Mike, Davy and Micky's solo numbers. Peter's solo bit is truly solo as it's just him on banjo. Mike played guitar on his solo number and Davy and Micky just sing on each of their numbers. After the solo segments, The Floral left and The Monkees ended the Japan concert with "I'm a Believer" and "Steppin' Stone" as a four piece band again.
     
  14. Bradfinger

    Bradfinger Forum Resident

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    This is great! Thank you for the hard work! Looking forward to hearing the results when you are finished.
     
  15. dangiedr

    dangiedr Forum Resident

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    FANTASTIC work here, thank you so much for sharing your hard work and efforts!!!
     
  16. boggs

    boggs Multichannel Machiavellian

    Nice ! Keep up the good work !
     
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  17. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

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    Davy I think. Peter was a much better keyboardist.
     
  18. jrock1185

    jrock1185 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    The only Monkees present on Johnny B Goode is Mike.
     
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  19. Guy Smiley

    Guy Smiley America’s Favorite Game Show Host

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    Marvelous. Thanks for your hard work!
     
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  20. RobRoyF

    RobRoyF Forum Resident

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    Thanks for working on this - this is indeed a wonderful live performance!
     
  21. jrock1185

    jrock1185 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Enjoy!!!
    DW Washburn:
     
  22. spsimmons

    spsimmons Forum Resident

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    Very nice! This sounds great!!
     
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  23. BryanW

    BryanW Likes his pop sunny.

    Thank you, I've wanted this concert without the announcers for many years, but never expected them to find the tapes. It sounds great! Amazing what technology can do.
     
  24. D-rock

    D-rock Forum Resident

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    This is great. Can't wait to hear the finished project!
     
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  25. D-rock

    D-rock Forum Resident

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    Mike didn't walk off stage during this performance?
     

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