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The Monkees

Christmas Party
(Rhino Entertainment)
Add Date: November 6th

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On CHRISTMAS PARTY, The Monkees put their unmistakable vocal stamp on a wide array of classic Christmas tracks, from the R&B holiday standard “Merry Christmas, Baby,” to Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” and Wizzard’s yuletide classic “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.”

After helming The Monkees’ critically acclaimed studio album Good Times! in 2016, Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger reprises his role as producer on CHRISTMAS PARTY. All of the album’s 13 songs were recorded this year, with “Silver Bells” and “Mele Kalikimaka” using classic Davy Jones vocals from the archives combined with newly recorded music.

Much like Good Times!, CHRISTMAS PARTY features songs newly written for the band by a group of talented songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“What Would Santa Do”) and Andy Partridge of XTC (“Unwrap You At Christmas”). Schlesinger and celebrated author Michael Chabon teamed up to write “House Of Broken Gingerbread.” Guitarists Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 play on two songs – a cover of Big Star’s “Jesus Christ” and the album’s title track, which they wrote together.

CHRISTMAS PARTY also includes two songs with Michael Nesmith on lead vocals, with each track being produced by one of his sons. His take on the yuletide classic “The Christmas Song” was produced by Christian Nesmith while “Snowfall” was helmed by Jonathan Nesmith.

Over the years, The Monkees’ amassed a dozen Top 40 hits, including a trio of tunes that soared to #1. Between September 1966 and December 1967, “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” and “Daydream Believer” collectively occupied the top position for 12 weeks. Sales of their LPs were more phenomenal still: The Monkees occupied the #1 position for 13 consecutive weeks, and More Of The Monkees for 18 weeks. Both Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. went to the top as well, for a four-in-a-row feat in the incomprehensible space of 13 months. The final tally: 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Track Listing

1. “Unwrap You At Christmas”-written by Andy Partridge of XTC

2. “What Would Santa Do”-written by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer

3. “Mele Kalikimaka”-classic with original Davy Jones vocals

4. “House Of Broken Gingerbread” – written by Adam Schlesinger and Michael Chabon

5. “The Christmas Song”-vocals by Michael Nesmith; produced by his son Christian Nesmith

6. “Christmas Party” -written and played by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5

7. “Jesus Christ” -written by Big Star and played by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 & R.E.M.

8. “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”-written by Roy Wood of Wizzard; vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork

9. “Silver Bells”-classic with original Davy Jones vocals

10. “Wonderful Christmastime”-written by Paul McCartney; vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork

11. “Snowfall” -Michael Nesmith on lead vocals; produced by his son Jonathan Nesmith

12. “Angels We Have Heard On High”-classic

13. “Merry Christmas, Baby”-classic with vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork

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