Coming up this summer, The Monkees will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their TV series and the release of their debut single “Last Train To Clarksville” with a new album “Good Times!” and a tour to support it. According to Rolling Stone magazine, “The album is the Monkees’ first collection of original material since 1997’s JustUs, and it will feature new songs by Noel Gallagher, Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard and many more. Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne serves as producer on the new LP. Good Times! also features a handful of songs written for the Monkees back in the 1960s that they never got around to releasing, including Neil Diamond’s “Love to Love,” Boyce and Hart’s “Whatever’s Right” and Carole King’s “Wasn’t Born To Follow.” There’s also “I Know What I Know,” a new song by Mike Nesmith. The title track was written by Harry Nilsson and cut at a 1968 session with Nesmith on guitar, though never finished. The group plans to flesh out the tune, turning it into a virtual duet between Nilsson and Monkees singer Micky Dolenz”.
Due June 10th with the summer tour to follow.