A very pleasant surprise in 2016 was the release of the Monkeey’s 12th studio album this past May. Sans Davey Jones who died in 2012, Good Times! does include a track (Love to Love) by the departed, polished and shined by surviving members Micky, Peter and yes Mike who returned for this very fine signature pre-fab four effort. Highlights here are Andy Partridge’s beatlesque You Bring the Summer, Neil Diamond’s Love to Love, two very different versions of Me & Magdalena (both excellent) and the Dolenz/Schlesinger closer I Was There (And I’m Told I Had a Good Time). All in all a solid record that celebrates the band’s 50 years, stirring up the joy and camaraderie of their early monkeyshines. Good Times! is a bright spot, one of my favorite releases this year. Enjoy.