Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Monkees Album Debuts at Number One on Amazon

The Monkees' 50th anniversary has gotten off to a fabulous start, with their concert tour underway and their just-released new album Good Times! debuting as the number one bestselling CD on Amazon, ahead of new releases by other veteran artists including Eric Clapton and Paul Simon and today's hottest superstars such as Blake Shelton, Beyonce, and Adele, and even the original cast recording of runaway Broadway success Hamilton.

This is significant, because not only is Good Times! The Monkees' first new album of the 21st century, but it is also their first album released well into the age of the Internet and the era of digital music. The group's previous album, Justus, came out 20 years ago at the dawn of the World Wide Web and well before the universal availability of online music, failing to make an impact beyond the interest of hardcore fans.

The initial success of Good Times! hints at what could possibly be The Monkees' biggest comeback since their blockbuster resurgence in the 1980s (which, incidentally, didn't extend to their 1987 album Pool It!).

Not bad for a band that's been around for five decades, released only three albums in the last 30 years, and whose members are all in their 70s.

--Raj Manoharan

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