MONKEES, THE

Christmas Party

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    The Monkees Release 'Christmas Party,' Their First Ever Holiday Album!

    Featuring Newly Recorded Versions Of Classic Christmas Songs, Along With New Songs Written For The Band By Peter Buck And Scott McCaughey, Rivers Cuomo, Andy Partridge, And Album Producer Adam Schlesinger!

    The Monkees will celebrate the season with their first holiday album, featuring new vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The late Davy Jones' unmistakable voice – taken from vintage recordings – also appears on two songs.

    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 For 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.

     

     


    "That's not even Michael Nesmith's real hat."

Details

    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - MONKEES, THE

    Label - Warner

    Music Genre - Pop

    Music Genre Primary - Pop & Rock

    Music Genre Secondary - Christmas

Track Listing

CD

  1. Unwrap You For Christmas
  2. What Would Santa Do
  3. Mele Kalikimaka
  4. House Of Broken Gingerbread
  5. The Christmas Song
  6. Christmas Party
  7. Jesus Christ
  8. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
  9. Silver Bells
  10. Wonderful Christmastime
  11. Snowfall
  12. Angels We Have Heard On High
  13. Merry Christmas, Baby

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Christmas Party I bought this as soon as it was released and, as a Monkees tragic, am mighty pleased. It does not quite reach the heights of Good Times!, but contains some excellent new material, especially the House of Broken Gingerbread, and some classics including Mel Torme's The Christmas Song. Well worth a spin!
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hey Hey they are back I just got this. A great follow-up from Good Times. Hope they continue to make music. Finally a great Christmas album. As they say do yourself a favour and give this a spin.
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get you in the Christmas Spirit! Being a monkees fan from way back was excited to receive the Christmas cd! It was actually better than I expected with some new and old Xmas tracks! A must for fans!
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Half a Good Album After the brilliant “Good Times” album this was always going to be a tough follow up. Andy Partridge wrote the opening track which starts with an awkward chorus but has good verses, lyrically it struggles though. Rivers Cuomo wrote the second track “What Would Santa Do?” which is a much stronger song. Davy Jones is represented by two songs originally recorded for his 1977 private label Christmas album, Micky Dolenz told Rolling Stone Davy’s Christmas album had great vocals but the instrumentation was almost demo like so it gave them the opportunity to record new instrumentation. It’s a personal hope that someone in Rhino will want to re-release all Davy’s Christmas songs with new instrumentation and hopefully some backing vocals from Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz next year. Track four “The House of Broken Gingerbread” makes the entire album worth while. Michael Nesmith didn’t want to write or perform any new Christmas songs but did agree to perform his two favorite classics, his version of “The Christmas Song” is good but it’s his performance of “Snowfall”, originally written & recorded by Claude Thornhill and also performed by Tony Bennett and Doris Day, that is the second standout song on the album. Imagine Michael Nesmith’s version of “Navajo Trail” as a Christmas song, completely brilliant. Micky sings lead on a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” which lacks the bright enthusiasm of McCartney’s original. Peter Tork has health issues and was only able to contribute one song, “Angels We Have Heard On High”, his banjo playing on this version is a highlight. On the whole the album is enjoyable but mistakes have been made but for the price it’s an entertaining Christmas album and you can program out the mistakes.
Date published: 2018-12-14
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