Good Times by The Monkees
It’s difficult to know where to begin describing this album. Yes, I said it! It’s an album. Like back in the day when people weren’t just downloading one song at a time. Not that you can’t. But trust me… you wouldn’t want to. The title of the title song says it all. Good Times!.
There is a pure genius at the center of this production and it’s combined with a lot of love. For the band, for the fans, for the music. It’s a collaboration of just the right people at just the right time and made possible by technology to bring, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and the late Davey Jones together for their 50th anniversary in a most satisfyingly gratifying way. The songs were written and contributed to this project by an impressive stable of heavy hitters of the songwriting world; both current and classic, including… Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond, Boyce & Hart (who were practically the Lennon/McCartney of the Monkees during their heyday); Gerry Goffin & Carole King; Jeff Barry & Joey Levine; Andy Partridge; Rivers Cuomo of Weezer; Ben Gibbard, lead singer and guitarist of Death Cab for Cutie; Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.
Music is subjective, so I won’t pick this album apart song by song. To put it simply, if you are a fan of the Monkees TV series, their music, their personalities or all of the above, this album will not disappoint. Me personally? I’m still a fan of the 3 minute hit with 12-string jingly jangly guitar licks. So for me, the ear worm on this album is “She Makes Me Laugh” written by Rivers Cuomo, with lead vocal performed to rockin’ sweet perfection by Micky with a distinctive Peter tork banjo pickin’ intro before the 12-string lick kicks in right before the chorus. It’s an instant classic. The one all the old farts are gonna ruin by playing it at open mics everywhere.
Then, there’s Neil Diamond’s “Love to Love” with Davy Jones on lead vocal… lovingly extricated from the archives and given a reboot. I have to give props to Davy and call this one my second fave. Just because.
The rest of the tracks are a mix of emotions from pure unadulterated fun to mildly haunting. All decadent candy for the ears. I’ll make it easy for ya… CLICK BELOW AND GET A COPY!