Just how many Monkees does it take to make a new album? All four, as it turns out, and it turned out pretty well! Of course, there are only three of TV’s original Monkees still roaming this earth, as Davy Jones died in 2012. Good Times! features simian contributions by contemporary songwriters such as Andy Partridge of XTC and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, and producer/fan Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) manages to recapture the Monkees vibe with surviving members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith as well as deftly completing three unfinished tracks from the late 1960s, including a haunting Neil Diamond original sung by Jones. Fifty years on, the Monkees still delight.
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