The following description for an album entitled Good Times by The Monkees, available for pre-order with an advertised release date of June 10, 2016, can be found on Amazon.com:
The Monkees are ready to have some fun this year as the iconic band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a tour and the group's first new album in 20 years, appropriately titled GOOD TIMES. 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 (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC), and Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave). The album also includes songwriting contributions by Nesmith (I Know What I Know) and Tork as well as producer Adam Schlesinger.
To help bring the anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs for GOOD TIMES that were originally recorded & written for the group during the 60s, including Love To Love by Neil Diamond, which features a vintage vocal by Davy Jones. Harry Nilsson wrote the title track Good Times, which he 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 have created a duet with his close friend Dolenz. Good Times will mark the first time Dolenz and Nilsson have sung together since Dolenz' May 1973 single Daybreak. Other vintage 1960s tracks included on GOOD TIMES feature L.A. s famed Wrecking Crew of session musicians.
Good Times is available to pre-order as both a CD and a vinyl LP.
*Please remember* that there has been no official announcement of new Monkees music from The Monkees or Rhino Records. However, with some recent hints about new Monkees songs floating on Twitter as of late, and other murmurs that material would be recorded for the 50th Anniversary this year, it's more than interesting that this listing has popped up on Amazon.
Here's the Nilsson demo for "Good Times."
Songwriter, producer, and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger, who is denoted in the Amazon item description as the album's producer, was photographed with both Micky and Peter backstage at a recent Dolenz solo show in Hartford, Connecticut:
And Andy Partridge, noted singer/songwriter of the band XTC, who is also mentioned in the Amazon item description as a contributor to the project, posted the following on Twitter just last week:
Interestingly enough, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, who is referenced on Amazon as a songwriter for Good Times, graduated from the same high school as Peter Tork: E. O. Smith High School in Northeastern Connecticut.
Weezer covered "I'm a Believer" in 2010, and their version appeared on Shrek Forever After, a 2010 3D computer-animated fantasy comedy film.
Yet another advertised songwriter for Good Times, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, can be heard below covering two Monkees songs live in concert:
And check out this tweet from The Monkees Tour Twitter account from January 19 (in advance of Micky and Peter's appearance at the Family Gras festival), one that appears to foreshadow a Monkees album by the name of Good Times:
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