The Monkees are throwing a Christmas Party, and you’re invited! On October 12, the group’s first-ever Christmas album will be released via Rhino on CD, digital download, and streaming. Following in the acclaimed footsteps of 2016’s Good Times!, Christmas Party will feature production by Adam Schlesinger, new vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, and classic vocals from the late Davy Jones.
On this festive set, The Monkees bring their distinctive sound to yuletide standards by Paul McCartney (“Wonderful Christmastime”), Roy Wood and Wizzard (“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”), and Big Star (“Jesus Christ”). They also take on the R&B standard “Merry Christmas Baby” popularized by Charles Brown. Additionally, new songs have been penned for The Monkees by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“What Would Santa Do”), Andy Partridge of XTC (“Unwrap You at Christmas”), and Adam Schlesinger and author Michael Chabon (“House of Broken Gingerbread”). Guitarists Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 play on two songs: the cover of “Jesus Christ” and the album’s new title track, which they wrote together.
Original leads by Davy Jones on the evergreens “Silver Bells” and “Mele Kalikimaka” (likely recorded for his album Christmas Jones) have been melded with all-new instrumental tracks. Michael Nesmith, currently on tour with his First National Band Redux, also takes the lead on two vintage tracks. His rendition of “The Christmas Song” was produced by his son Christian Nesmith, while “Snowfall” was helmed by his son Jonathan Nesmith.
This once-in-a-lifetime Christmas Party arrives from Rhino on October 12 under a special cover by renowned comic book artist Michael Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer)! You’ll find pre-order links below! Also note that Target will offer an exclusive CD edition on October 19 featuring two bonus tracks: Monkees favorites “Riu Chiu” and “Christmas Is My Time of Year.”
- “Unwrap You At Christmas”
- “What Would Santa Do”
- “Mele Kalikimaka”
- “House Of Broken Gingerbread”
- “The Christmas Song”
- “Christmas Party”
- “Jesus Christ”
- “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”
- “Silver Bells”
- “Wonderful Christmastime”
- “Angels We Have Heard On High”
- “Merry Christmas, Baby”