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Good Times!
The Monkees
Contemporary Pop/Rock
May 27, 2016
Lucy's Market, Los Angeles, CA
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1407 mb
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Good Times! is the twelfth studio album by the Monkees. Produced mainly by Adam Schlesinger (with some additional bonus tracks produced by Andrew Sandoval), the album was recorded to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary. It is the first Monkees studio album since Justus (1996) the longest gap to date and the first since the death of founder member Davy Jones. The album features surviving Monkees Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, as well as a posthumous contribution from Jones.

The highly anticipated new album GOOD TIMES! by The Monkees is the band's first new album in 20 years and tied to their 50th anniversary and extensive North American Tour. GOOD TIMES! finds all three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned "Love To Love. 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, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer ("She Makes Me Laugh"), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie ("Me & Magdalena"), Andy Partridge of XTC ("You Bring The Summer"), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul.

Good Times! is as contemporary as it is a wander into the past. Over the album's 13 tracks (15 on the download), there is a seamless mixture of new and old, with material supplied by those who wrote some their biggest hits as well as songs by those who grew up on the band. The title track, for example, was based on a 1968 demo by Harry Nilsson, who wrote "Cuddly Toy" and "Daddy's Song" for them. Good Times! is certainly the best Monkees LP since their '60s heyday, but it also stands firmly on its own as one hell of an album circa 2016. To be honest, you'd be hard-pressed to find another act from the same era who has made an album this good in recent memory, and that includes any of the heavyweights still alive and kicking out there. The Top 100 Albums of the '60s. Next: Top 10 Monkees Songs. Filed Under: The Monkees.

Good Times" will mark the first time Dolenz and Nilsson have sung together since Dolenz' May 1973 single "Daybreak. GOOD TIMES! also includes the Neil Diamond-penned "Love To Love," the Carole King and Gerry Goffin collaboration "I Wasn't Born To Follow," "Whatever's Right," written by legendary songwriting duo Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who were responsible for many of the classic Monkees hits, and "Gotta Give It Time," by Jeff Barry and Joey Levine.

The Monkees’ modest promise of Good Times! is generously borne out in a series of songs custom-built by simpatico songwriters like Andy Partridge, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. their vocals, whatever madness was going down behind them. The album is produced by Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, who also chips in his own song Our Own World, which along with Partridge’s springy power-pop ode You Bring The Summer and Rivers (Weezer) Cuomo’s She Makes Me Laugh, keeps the updated Sixties vibe fresh and clear. We’ll tell you what’s true.

All told, probably The Monkees’ best album, after their hits compilation. 80. Micky looks at the past not with sad reverence but with a smile, happy that he was there and happy to be able to sing about it still, and that's the vibe of Good Times!: it was a blast to live it then and it's a blast to relive those times too.

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Good Times! A fantastic comeback assisted by super-fans like Rivers Cuomo and Noel Gallagher. It nails the classic summer-jangle Monkees sound, with seriously fantastic new tunes from Rivers Cuomo, Andy Partridge and the none-more-mod squad of Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and the mighty Peter Tork are all in top shape–their voices have aged as handsomely as they have.

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Good Times! Harry Nilsson The Monkees 2:46
2 You Bring the Summer Andy Partridge The Monkees 3:00
3 She Makes Me Laugh Rivers Cuomo / Zach Rogue The Monkees 3:00
4 Our Own World Adam Schlesinger The Monkees 2:45
5 Gotta Give It Time Jeff Barry / Joey Levine The Monkees 2:17
6 Me & Magdalena Ben Gibbard The Monkees 3:33
7 Whatever’s Right Tommy Boyce / Rivers Cuomo / Bobby Hart The Monkees 2:00
8 Love to Love Neil Diamond The Monkees 2:29
9 Little Girl Neil Diamond / Peter Tork The Monkees 2:42
10 Birth of an Accidental Hipster Noel Gallagher / Michael Nesmith / Paul Weller The Monkees 3:31
11 Wasn't Born to Follow Gerry Goffin / Carole King The Monkees 2:53
12 I Know What I Know Michael Nesmith / Adam Schlesinger The Monkees 3:30
13 I Was There (And I'm Told I Had a Good Time) Micky Dolenz / Adam Schlesinger The Monkees 2:15


Pete Abbott - Engineer
Jeff Barry - Composer, Producer
Max Bennett - Bass
Tommy Boyce - Composer
Dennis Budimir - Guitar
Artie Butler - Organ
Al Casey - Guitar
Tom Cerone - Tambourine
Reggie Collins - Project Assistant
Stacy Conde - Product Manager
Rivers Cuomo - Composer, Quotation Author
Jason Day - A&R
Mike Deasy - Guitar
Rick Dey - Bass
Neil Diamond - Composer
Henry Diltz - Photography
Coco Dolenz - Vocals
Micky Dolenz - Composer, Drums, Quotation Author, Vocals
Stan Free - Clavinet
Noel Gallagher - Composer
Ben Gibbard - Composer, Quotation Author
Gerry Goffin - Composer
Veronica Gonzalez - Project Assistant
Al Gorgoni - Guitar
Garrett Graveline - A&R
Ray Hall - Engineer
Bobby Hart - Composer, Quotation Author, Vocals
Brian Hay - Project Assistant
Eddie Hoh - Drums
Milt Holland - Vibraphone
John Hughes - A&R
Davy Jones - Vocals
Carole King - Composer
Jonathan Lane - Cover Art
Stan Levey - Percussion
Joey Levine - Composer
Kent Liu - Project Assistant
Herb Lovelle - Drums
Lou Mauro - Bass
Hugh McCracken - Guitar
Michael Melvoin - Harpsichord
Pete Min - Engineer, Guitar
The Monkees - Primary Artist, Producer
Christian Nesmith - Engineer
Michael Nesmith - Composer, Guitar, Quotation Author, Vocals
Harry Nilsson - Composer, Piano, Vocals
Earl Palmer - Drums
Andy Partridge - Composer, Quotation Author
Daniel Piscina - Engineer
Jody Porter - Guitar
Zach Rogue - Composer
Andrew Sandoval - A&R, Photography
Susanne Savage - A&R
Adam Schlesinger - Bass, Chamberlin, Composer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Quotation Author
Ryan Smith - Mastering
Don Thomas - Guitar
Peter Tork - Banjo, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Keyboards, Organ, Quotation Author, Vocals
Doran Tyson - Project Assistant
Mike Viola - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Warner Bros. - Record Label
Paul Weller - Composer
Rory Wilson - Art Direction, Design
Steve Woolard - Project Assistant
Brian Young - Drums, Percussion
  • Dominator
On my first listen - in my living room - my impression was that a) Dolenz has made some sort of pact with the devil, how else do you explain a 71-year old sounding better, and with all the range stylistically and otherwise, that he had at 21? b) Peter Tork turns in his best ever vocal performances, c) only having one Nesmith-penned song is a crime against humanity. After listening to it in my car, I discovered how great this works as an album. the pacing is damn near perfect, the styles are eclectic, as always was the case on Monkees albums. This was, in many ways, a sort of inverted tribute album. Instead of releasing a cover albums, artists paid tribute by offering up new songs to the guys. For their part, the Monkees paid tribute to the song writers who gave them their hits, as well as to the Wrecking Crew who played on some of the unfinished songs. But mostly, this is the Monkees paying tribute to their legacy by embracing it and delivering a nearly perfect collection as a capstone.
  • Mitynarit
Great Great Great Great Great I am so happy to have a new album come out at the perfect time just wish Davy could of been here for all of this.
  • Abandoned Electrical
I can't believe how great this album is. It actually lives up to the hype. Wow! I'm blown away by the high quality of the songs, the singing and the sound. Wonderful all around.
  • Oparae
A big thumbs up, the best thing they have released since 1968-One of the best releases of 2016
  • Diredefender
Just when you think "reunion albums" are mostly aging vocals, short term memory loss, and slow reactions to instruments, along come The Monkees to prove us wrong. This is one of those exceptions when a reunion band is much more than a gathering of old friends dusting off their guitars and drums for old time's sake. "Good Times" takes you back to some nostalgic sound, but offers up a blend of tunes that competes with today's material from blossoming new artists. The Monkees have set a new bar for bands contemplating a reunion project. I have my doubts if most will rise to the outcome achieved by one of the most popular entertainers between 1965-1971.
  • Nuliax
Best Monkees album since Head! Ultimate Classic Rock calls it a masterpiece and I agree!
  • Kigul
This album is quite a surprise. Excellent from start to finish.It's like an unexpected gift from another time. I was twelve when The Monkees released their first hit with Last Train to Clarksville. I grew up immersed in the pop/rock music of that era. The Beatles,The Kinks, The Hollies... and yes the Monkees provided a soundtrack to my life and the aesthetic that informed that era was also in later acts like XTC , Weezer Fountains of Wayne and Death Cab For Cutie..., what a wonder that the first generation and it's heirs would come together to fashion something truly memorable.The album and the songs all have an unassuming quality about them which makes this all the more engaging. Nothing sounds like it's trying too hard or trying to make a statement and in the end it is the immersion in the sheer joy of this kind of music making that elevates this album above anything this writer has heard in years.
  • Jerinovir
As a rule, reunion albums shouldn't be this good! The fine folks at Rhino made the smart decision of hiring the right producer and songwriters who truly appreciate the Monkees' 50-year legacy. With full involvement of the three surviving Monkees in both the studio and the promotion side, I expected this album to do well, but I couldn't have imagined it would be the top seller on Amazon! A great album that ranks among the best they've ever released!
  • DarK-LiGht
I must confess that I'm as giddy as Navin Johnson when the new phonebook arrives. Yes, THE NEW MONKEES ALBUM IS HERE and I couldn't be happier!!! Why is someone with a penchant for the dark, dirty little corners of the world so keen for an album by a pop band that's been around for 50 years? I'm not sure myself, but I suspect it has something to do with the fact that they got it right this time and this thing works like a magical ritual for invoking my inner child to his playful best. I've been watching this shit storm called humanity swirling around the toilet for so long that it's easy to forget what it's like to feel good about something. This may be the last thing that ever makes me feel this way. As I helplessly watch civilization be swallowed up in the rectum of monstrosities like Donald Trump and the brain dead zombies that created him, something like this is a welcome life raft to find some respite, even if only for a few moments. The Monkees have had a spotty history with reunion albums, so there was, inevitably, some trepidation that this would fall victim to those prior missteps. In 1976, the first reunion attempt resulted in the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart LP. Dismissed and ignored at the time of its release, it has since become something of a lost treasure in that it did actually have a few well crafted 70s romantic pop songs in its favour. In 1986, riding on the wave of renewed popularity generated by MTV rerunning the original series, The Monkees (minus Nesmith), tried to cash in with the universally reviled "Pool It". The greatest sin here was to try to align the boys with the sounds of the time. This was particularly a bad idea given that those sounds were so awful to begin with. Shitty digital synths, drums swallowed by gated reverb, glam metal guitars... It was just all wrong. 1997 saw the original lineup try to refocus with the album, "Justus". As the title suggests, this was produced entirely by the 4 members with no outside songwriters or musicians. It looked great on paper, but the results were resoundingly mediocre with only a couple of tracks really standing out. So the guys left reunion albums out of the mix for 2 decades while they continued to tour and keep their legacy alive. Now we're on the threshold of the 50th anniversary of the band/entity, the time seemed right to give it one more go. This time, they seem to have zeroed in on all the things that made it work in their heyday. Taking it all to heart, they recruited a stellar list of guest songwriters, producers and studio musicians to recapture the essence of what we all loved the first time around. You can hear the labour of love in these songs. They connect right back to the sounds we loved before, but this doesn't sound like maudlin nostalgia. It sounds alive and vital within the present. These guys are all over 70 now, but they still seem to have that sense of fun and joy that they exuded in their 20s.
  • Kupidon
I've been a Monkees fan practically my whole life, and the very first LP I ever bought with my own money was "More of the Monkees" for $2.49. I have heard just about everything they've done; the good, the bad, and the embarrassing. While I'm not as enthusiastic as most of the reviewers here, "Good Times!" is probably the best swan song release we could hope for from the three surviving Monkees, and it gains a lot of its quality from wise production decisions. First and most important, all the songs are short, and they don't try to make the CD any longer than a conventional LP from the band's glory days. Second, they got a LOT of help making this album, and no doubt they were able to overwrite and weed out a lot of the second rate derivative pop chaff that marred the Monkees' earlier reunion efforts. Third, Mickey gets most of the lead vocals, and lastly, the producers put some effort into making sure that the Monkees legacy would not be spoiled by a shoddy, rushed affair."Me and Magdalena" is my favorite; sounds like they are channeling Jimmy Webb here. Nesmith's ballad "I Know What I Know" sounds like he is trying to channel Brian Wilson, and the spare arrangement, while plaintive and satisfying, leaves me wanting a bigger finish with some really lush harmonies. "Birth of an Accidental Hipster," with some help from Oasis' Noel Gallagher, has a sweet trippy instrumental section; would have loved to have heard some more of this type material; "Head" is probably my second favorite independently produced Monkees LP after "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones".In sum, I'm taking off a star because I think the Monkees played it a wee bit too safe; they sound like they are being very cautious for the sake of their legacy. There's nothing here, IMHO, that can touch Micky's epic cover of Nilsson's "Remember," for example ( I wanted to hear some of that level of risk taking that make the classic Monkee songs sound so enduring and fun to listen to even today. But better to be safe than sorry, I suppose,