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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B003RDPYBW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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In "King For a Day" Micky Dolenz pays tribute to his friend and super-productive songwriter Carole King, who with a group of other talented composers wrote much of The Monkees music, as well as writing hits for herself and others. Micky's voice holds up well to the material, and the signature piece for the album "Sometime in the Morning," one of the all-time great Monkees songs here makes two separate appearances. That song is clearly suited to Micky and will forever be identified with him, but while I enjoyed both variants here, I do think the original Monkees version is still the definitive production of the number.

The other songs vary widely, and Micky proves adept at all of them with "I Feel the Earth Move" (as a duet featuring Emily Osment) being especially well done. Other standouts are the duet with Bill Medley "Just Once in My Life," "Sweet Seasons," and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." There were a few that I was less fond of because I was just not as big a fan of the underlying material (e.g. "Hey Girl.") That doesn't diminish Micky's performance on those tracks which are still quite good; everyone will have their own preferences for favorites and filler, so I ask you to give them all a chance and then decide. Some of the songs I had anticipated I would like least proved to be some of my enduring favorite performances and arrangements on the album.

I was a childhood Monkees fan, and think Dolenz has one of the greatest and most underappreciated voices of his generation. While this is quite a tangent to his work with the group, the production is impeccable with help from a variety of sources including people like Gary Griffin, Coco Dolenz, and Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan) and many others. For fans of Dolenz or King, this album is a gift.
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