Firstly, a Happy New Year to each and every one of you and I hope the festive season was enjoyed and now here we are in 2022.
Last year was very slow on the news front mainly because I was ill for nearly eight months of it but I’m pleased to report I am nearly at 100% again.
As you know Richard and I launched dad’s very own YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/c/MattMonroOfficial and put together a four-part audio documentary to celebrate dad’s special 90th birthday. The programmes were written and narrated by myself and feature an intimate portrait of the man behind the voice, drawing on previously un-broadcast interviews, extremely rare recordings previously thought lost, interviews with his family and friends and messages from some of his more famous fans. I made a deal with Aviator so every two weeks we feature a rare television performance of dad and the YouTube channel still has all the ones you may have missed by not visiting yet. It’s all totally free and if you register the site will send you a reminder every time something new is added.
The latest album ‘Stranger in Paradise: The Lost New York Sessions’ has gone from strength to strength after spending an incredible 27 weeks in the charts so if you didn’t grab a copy, now is the time as Amazon are selling the double album at a ridiculously low price.
I was upset to learn nearly two years ago that a few albums available to upload were inferior in quality compared to what is available in sound today so after airing my complaints Universal gave the go ahead. Richard mastered them within weeks, has been paid for them, and they are still sitting in cyberspace literally waiting for someone to push a button which would make them live. It is absolutely crazy.
Whilst we still have no date for their release, we can now announce that Richard has completely remastered dad’s full Capitol catalogue for download and streaming. These will be the masters used for all of dad’s Capitol releases going forward. Whilst there are currently no plans to release the recordings on CD at the moment, if enough people ask, that may change.
The plan is to initially release the 9 original albums
This is The Life – Full Album in stereo for the first time digitally from the original US master tape.
Here’s To My Lady – Full Album in stereo for the first time digitally from the original US master tape.
Invitation to the Movies – Full album mastered from US Stereo masters and UK Stereo masters for the UK recorded tracks. Previous releases have used 3rd generation dubs of the UK tracks.
These Years – Stereo remaster from the original US master tape for the first time in more than 25 years.
Invitation to Broadway – Full Album in stereo for the first time digitally from the original US master tape.
The Late Late Show – Remastered from Original UK Master tape, without the use of noise reduction for the first time.
Todo Pasara (also released with different track order as Alguien Canto) – Mastered from the original mixdown masters for eleven of the twelve tracks for the first time ever. Alguien Canto features in a new Stereo mix
En Espana – Also mastered from the original mixdown masters with one track remixed from the original session tape due to damage on the master. “La Estrella Del Sur” and newly added bonus track” Ven Mi Amor” receive first time Stereo mixes
We’re Gonna Change The World – First digital release of the full UK version of the LP (released as Close To You in the USA with fewer tracks). Mastered from the original mixdown masters and first-generation US masters for US recorded tracks. Features “Why Can’t I Touch You” as a bonus track which was exclusive to the US Close To You LP