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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • ASIN: B003RDPYBW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Bring Me Down
2. Sometime in the Morning
3. Hey Girl
4. Up On the Roof
5. Take Good Care of My Baby
6. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
7. Sweet Seasons
8. Crying in the Rain
9. Go Away Little Girl
10. Just Once in My Life
11. It Might As Well Rain Until September
12. Point of No Return
13. I Feel the Earth Move
14. Sometime in the Morning (reprise)

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Micky Dolenz is one of America's biggest Pop Culture icons. On August 31, 2010, the former lead singer for The Monkees will release 'King For A Day,' his first album in over ten years. Featuring 14 timeless songs from legendary songwriter Carole King, 'King For A Day' fulfills a career long ambition to pay tribute to one of America's most admired songwriters.
'King For A Day' is Dolenz's fitting tribute to one of America's most prolific and renowned contemporary songwriters. As lead singer for the popular '60s hitmakers, The Monkees, Micky Dolenz was the voice of the group's biggest hits including 'Last Train to Clarksville,' 'I'm A Believer' and 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' among others. With 'King For A Day,' Dolenz puts his signature voice and charismatic style on such Carole King classics as 'I Feel the Earth Move,' 'Don't Bring Me Down,' and 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow.' Produced by Brian Wilson Musical Director, Jeffrey Foskett, 'King For A Day' also features duets with Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers) and Emily Osment (Hannah Montana).

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I'm glad I purchased it and hope to see him do more albums.
PT Cruiser
That said, the set is very good, one I've enjoyed listening to repeatedly.
Lee Armstrong
Micky Dolenz is one of the most underated rock voices of all time.
Jeff Gehringer

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Gehringer on August 31, 2010
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Micky Dolenz is one of the most underated rock voices of all time. He can handle uptempo and ballads with ease. With his new CD "King for a day", Micky delivers his best solo album ever!. His new version of the Monkees "Sometime in the morning" tells you this album is special. He does a jug band-blue grass feel of the tune and brings a unique version to this song. Other highlights are the beautiful duet with his sister Coco on "Crying in the rain". They have always sounded great together. It's also sweet to hear Micky take over the Bobby Hatfield part for the Righteous Brothers "For once in my life". Micky and guest Bill Medley sound incredible together.

This is such a satisfying album, you want to play it again & again. Hats off to Micky and the team for a terrific CD. How many artists do their best work 45 years since they began. I'll tell you who, George Michael Dolenz!.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Stafford on August 31, 2010
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It has been a while since Micky was in the studio. This is his official 1st (music for adults) Solo album! His treatment of Carole King penned tracks is indeed a great homage! Staying away from Monkees Carole King tracks a many, he picked one song from the days of old, "Sometime In The Morning" in a very brave arrangement. The album opener "Don't Bring Me Down" (the Animals Hit) is kicking with a ripping lead guitar solo from Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. He works with some great ole talents and some new gems. Including sister Coco who both perform "Crying In The Rain" with an angelic blend. Coco, who mostly recorded Christian music, has a voice so soothing and so much like Micky's, is a welcomed guest! Her contributions to Micky's songs in The Monkees days were so spot on and fabulous as in "She'll Be There" and "Shorty Blackwell".Also a new talent, Jason Brewer, who has captured the sounds of Brian Wilson in his own band "The Explorer's Club". I love all his choices of tunes and what a task that MUST have been! It still would have been great to hear an all acoustic guitar version of "As We Go Along", I am sure more was recorded as I saw him in the studio doing a new version of "Pleasant Valley Sunday" with the help of no other than Monkee Peter Tork. Could there be a "King For Yet Another Day"? One can only hope! With such a catalog of tunes by Ms. King, he could easily do a box set! Thanks Micky for the golden voice that I think only you could properly lend to Carole King's great writing! (imagine singing in 5/4 time!)
~Kevin
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tumbler on August 31, 2010
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Given the imprint Micky Dolenz left as a Monkee, many don't realize he's lived his entire life in showbiz and he is one of the few "child actors" to succeed as an actor and a vocalist. The "drawback" of his career is that his tremendous talent as a vocalist is overlooked because well... he's a Monkee. Let there be no doubt, however, that he is a hell of a singer, and this album is more proof that he can nail great songs with the best. Pairing a great singer with one of the greatest songwriters of the era is an inspired concept that Dolenz pulls off expertly. This album is a wonderful surprise and long overdue, particularly since Dolenz's performances of songs King wrote for the Monkees were consistently excellent (remember, King was "merely" a songwriter during that time period). Perhaps because the Monkees took so much grief for "not playing their own instruments" Dolenz has spent much of his limited post-Monkee recording career performing his own songs, which tend to be idiosyncratic and interesting but not particularly radio-friendly. I hope this is just the first of Dolenz's efforts to match his wonderful voice with songs that do it justice.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2010
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Perfect blend, not too hard rocking, not too easy listening. Plenty of variety in the arrangements, so it's never boring or redundant. I will listen to this one a LOT! Hope he'll do a follow-up ASAP
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Gregory on October 16, 2010
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Anyone who is a fan of the Monkees or Micky Dolenz knows that Micky is a great vocalist and a great songwriter (even though he seems hesitant to share his great work with us). And anyone who is a fan knows Micky has not released a lot of material since the Monkees days. So here we are with a full album's worth of his talents to review. First, I want to say that I too would love to hear all original songs from Micky, but this isn't about wishes, this is about what he HAS done. But, I wanted everyone to know that I do agree he has a lot to share. Since he is doing either remakes/or reimaginings I think he has done so in a very clever way. The title "King for a Day" is a reference to Carol King, who wrote some great songs for the Monkees back in the day, and here he revisits some of those older songs as well as songs he has never sang before.

His voice is in top form, and rather than trying to regain the glory of his youth he instead relishes in simply revisiting those times through the prism of today. The songs are silky smooth, the arrangements are top notch. From the opening song "Don't Bring Me Down" to the last song it's definitely a treat. Don't Bring Me Down, is a great rendition of the song. Hey Girl (previously covered by Billy Joel) is a great song and I am glad he chose this one for the cd. Take Good Care of My Baby is probably my favorite song from the album, and shows his talent for balads. Each song is actually a nice distraction and showcases his considerable talents perfectly. Sadly we do not get the opportunity to hear Micky as much as we'd like, and albums such as this one are definitely great to have. While it's been a long time since the Monkees heyday, it seems as if Micky's voice has been frozen in time, still as great and warming as it always was.
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