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The Monkees to reform for new LP
09 Feb 2016 18:06
The Monkees celebrate their fiftieth anniversary with the release of their first album in nearly 20 years, featuring tracks written by Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Rivers Cuomo and XTC’s Andy Partridge.
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Good Times! will also feature a previously unreleased recording of a song entitled Love to Love written by Neil Diamond in the 1960s.
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Harry Nilsson wrote the title track Good Times! which was recorded at a session with Nesmith in January 1968. The production was never completed, so the band returned to the original session tape - featuring Nilsson’s guide vocal - and duly created a duet with Dolenz. Dolenz and Nilsson also sang together on the 1973 single Daybreak.
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The new album features all three surviving band members, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. Singer Davy Jones died in Florida in 2012, aged 67, but his voice is heard on one song. Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy) co-produced the new record.
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Good Times! will be available on the Rhino label on June 10, with a vinyl version out on July 1. Prior to that, Dolenz and Tork launch a North American tour On May 18.
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Much like The Monkees’ early albums, Good Times! features a number of tracks written specifically for the band by other song-writers, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, XTC’s Andy Partridge, and Zach Rogue from Rogue Wave, as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.
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The Monkees: left to right - Mike Nesbitt, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork
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The album also includes song-writing contributions by Nesmith - a track called I Know What I Know - with contributions too from Tork and producer Schlesinger.
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“This is one of the most exciting Monkees projects I’ve been involved in for decades!” says Dolenz. “Working with Adam Schlesinger has been a pure delight and the opportunity to sing a duet with my old buddy, Harry Nilsson, is just beyond cool!”
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The band is releasing the entire series of The Monkees television show on Blu-ray for the very first time. All 58 episodes have been restored in HD from the original film negatives. The 10-disc Blu-ray collection also includes the 1968 cult-classic movie Head, along with out takes from the film.
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Between September 1966 and December 1967, The Monkees enjoyed 12 Top 40 hits, including three number ones, Last Train To Clarksville, I’m A Believer and Daydream Believer. The band sold 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles in two-and-a-half years.
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