Friday, May 24, 2024

Monkee Time: Micky Dolenz Album of Mike Nesmith Songs Unexpectedly Sells Out at Amazon, Reorders Coming


Amazon usually has enough of everything in stock. But they underestimated the demand for Micky Dolenz’s new album, “Dolenz Sings Nesmith,” a collection of gorgeous new recordings of Mike Nesmith songs by his Monkees c0hort Micky Dolenz.

Right now, the words “Temporarily out of stock” have gone up on Amazon. I am assured that a new order has been placed. In the meantime, you can buy the CD on Micky’s website.

A long time ago in a far off galaxy, the great singer Harry Nilsson recorded a whole album of songs by the still not so well known Randy Newman. It was a big hit and a cult favorite. I remember that album in everyone’s collections. It was a must have.

Micky remembered it, too, and wanted to do a similar project with Nesmith for the last, uh, 50 years. Mike’s son, Christian, produced it, and the album cover is a tribute to “Nilsson Sings Newman.”

It’s not just Micky’s voice that is outstanding on this collection. Or the songs, which including Mike’s hit that he wrote for Linda Ronstadt, “Different Drum.” It’s also the band. They are insanely good. They are tight and in the groove. The production is sterling. This CD has not left my car for two weeks!

Give it a play here on Spotify but get a physical copy if you can. The album package is beautiful, with liner notes, lyrics and photos. I am truly impressed. Why does Micky sound just like he did on those Monkees hits? Wonderful!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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