First released on CD last year, this year sees the debut on vinyl for The Monkees’ Christmas Party. Celebrate the season with The Monkees’ first holiday album, which featured new vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The late Davy Jones' inimitable voice – taken from vintage recordings – also appears on two songs.
On Christmas Party, The Monkees put their unmistakeable 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.
Grammy and Emmy-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger produced Christmas Party, and all of the album's 13 songs were recorded in 2018, with Silver Bells and Mele Kalikimaka having used classic Davy Jones vocals from the archives combined with newly recorded music.
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.
Release date: 13th September, 2019
1. Unwrap You At 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
12. Angels We Have Heard On High
13. Merry Christmas, Baby
14. Riu Chiu (TV Version)