Micky Dolenz King for a Day
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- by Micky Dolenz ~ Plastic Symphony EP ~ $7.79
- Released: August 31, 2010
- Label: Gigatone Ent.
- 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 - (featuring Coco Dolenz)
- 9.Go Away Little Girl
- 10.Just Once in My Life - (featuring Bill Medley)
- 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)
Tributee: Carole King.
Personnel: Micky Dolenz (vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jeffrey Foskett (guitar, ukulele, percussion, background vocals); Bob Gothar, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (guitar); Calabria McChesney (violin, viola); Peggy Baldwin (cello); Jim Hocanadle (flute, harmonica, saxophone); Gary Griffin (accordion, organ, keyboards, percussion); Dave Stone (double bass); Dennis Diken, Rolo Sandoval (drums, percussion); Dan McNamara (vibraslap).
Audio Mixer: Gary Griffin.
Recording information: Michael Lloyd's Studio (02/2009-08/2010); ocean way (02/2009-08/2010); Parson's Green (02/2009-08/2010); The Hall of Supreme Harmony (02/2009-08/2010); The Matt Goldman Studios (02/2009-08/2010).
Photographer: Henry Diltz.
Arrangers: Gary Griffin; Jeffrey Foskett.
King for a Day is not a boast from Mickey Dolenz -- nor is it a collection of XTC covers -- it's an album-length salute to Carole King, one of the great pop songwriters of the 20th Century. Dolenz isn't necessarily such a skilled singer that he redefines or reinterpret these songs but these songs aren't designed for showboating: these are songs that belong to everyone, songs where anyone can sing along, so they lend themselves to Mickey's cheerful readings. He's so friendly it's possible to hear him smile as he sings even on songs that perhaps should have a bittersweet bent ("Will You Love Me Tomorrow") or are just downright sweetly sad ("Crying in the Rain"), but this is unabashed, unapologetic nostalgia. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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