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Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith rose to spectacular success with their popular '60s sitcom about a rock band, The Monkees. Dolenz and Tork, the two remaining band members, chatted with us about their 50th-anniversary album, Good Times, and their global tour together.
Talk about the making of "Good Times." The disc features some new tunes written by much younger pop stars as Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher as well as some never-released-before tracks originally recorded in the 1960s.
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Dolenz: We had a lot of demos that we didn't finish back in the '60s. We found some amazing tracks. Some of them were half-finished. Some just had the lyrics and vocals, some without. There's a Carole King tune on the disc that was never released, a Neil Diamond song on which Davy sang. And the title track is a song that Harry Nilsson wrote; it features him singing and playing piano. It [also] has Mike Nesmith on guitar, and the Wrecking Crew [in-demand Los Angeles-based studio session musicians] on some of the other instruments. And it was multitrack, so I sang a duet with Harry on that. I just did a vocal on the Neil Diamond song featuring Davy.
What was it like singing on the tracks in which Davy was singing lead? Was it tough keeping your composure?
Dolenz: It was intense. I had a moment or two of wistfulness. Sometimes it felt like he has never left because we're still hearing him sing on these songs. I had to stop at one point during the recording to compose myself.