Appearing on the Zilch! podcast in the latest episode released this afternoon, Rhino's John Hughes, who is acting as executive producer for the brand new Monkees studio album, Good Times!, confirmed that all three members of The Monkees will be full participants on the album:
"[Producer] Adam (Schlesinger)...is working very closely with all three guys...all three are on the album and full participants…playing on tracks, singing obviously, contributing songs...it's really all The Monkees, and that includes Davy."
Davy will be a part of the new album by way of Neil Diamond's "Love to Love," first recorded in 1967 but never officially released on an original Monkees album. It will appear on Good Times! in a reworked version with Davy's lead vocal.
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"It was one of those 'deep cuts' from a later album and had grown in approval and acceptance over the years, until the time when we decided to go on tour [in 2012], and it had become one of the most requested songs for us to do. The song itself is about the moment when the performer realizes that the songs he/she sings belong to the people — the fans and the crowds — that love the song, and the performer is only there in service to that relationship. 'It cannot be a part of me — for now it's part of you.'"
In an interview with New Musical Express before The Monkees' 1969 tour, Michael discussed the state of the group at that time:
"It's not a question of us shaking off the old Monkees' image. We've nothing to escape from. What we did then was valid and honest. I'm not ashamed of it. The reason our next single is "Tear Drop City,' which was recorded around the time of 'Clarksville,' is that it's almost a concession on our part to certain people. It's one from the archives of Monkee music, one with Peter. You can call it a corporate swan song. And I'm sure it'll be commercially very profitable.
"It was no surprise when Peter left. There were no arguments. About eight or nine months ago we discussed it, and I agreed that the time was right. There were probably other things he would rather do than be a Monkee. So it was no shock. It is a fact that Peter's leaving has had the reverse effect, in that it has brought us together more: we lean on each other more, and now we believe we can develop each of our talents within the context of The Monkees."
The Monkees pose at Mike's house in the Hollywood Hills in December 1968. They are in a tree house built for Mike's son. (Photo by Henry Diltz)
Mike, Peter, and others watch Hendrix play guitar in July 1967 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The blonde lady in the lower right corner is Lynne Randell, who also opened for The Monkees during their summer tour that year. (Photo by Micky Dolenz)