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The Monkees are Back…with Some New Friends

September 6, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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The Monkees are back with a new album. Yes, it’s true. We haven’t heard from them in 20 years, since the 1996 album, Justus, and since the passing of founding member Davy Jones, but the band dropped a new record, titled Good Times! and the three surviving members—Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork—teamed up with an unexpected bunch of artists to bring new songs to life.

Produced by Adam Schlesinger from the Fountains of Wayne, Good Times! features Monkees originals as well as songs written by an all-star roster of rock singer-songwriters, including Andy Partridge, Ben Gibbard, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Rivers Cuomo.

A celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary, the album is a continuation of the Monkees’ well-established approach to tap songwriter friends for them to record. As the band’s website states:

Much like The Monkees’ early albums, Good Times! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world’s most gifted songwriters…To help bring the 50th anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs that were originally recorded and written for the group during the ’60s, including “Love To Love” by Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson’s “Good Times.”

Tracklisting

1. “Good Times” (Harry Nilsson)
2. “You Bring The Summer” (Andy Partridge)
3. “She Makes Me Laugh” (Rivers Cuomo)
4. “Our Own World” (Adam Schlesinger)
5. “Gotta Give It Time” (Jeff Barry/Joey Levine)
6. “Me & Magdalena” (Ben Gibbard)
7. “Whatever’s Right” (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
8. “Love To Love” (Neil Diamond)
9. “Little Girl” (Peter Tork)
10. “Birth Of An Accidental Hipster” (Noel Gallagher/Paul Weller)
11. “I Wasn’t Born To Follow” (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)
12. “I Know What I Know” (Michael Nesmith)
13. “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time)” (Micky Dolenz/Adam Schlesinger)

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