Here’s an unreleased album recorded by the late Davy Jones.
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Just For The Record Vol 4 [Hercules, 1CD]
Complete album of songs written by Davy Jones for an unreleased album recorded in 1994 and 1996. Excellent. This bootleg was released in 1999.
In 1999, a four-volume set was released on Davy Jones’ own Hercules label, this likely had a very limited circulation judging by the few reviews written about it. The most often quoted review is by Aaron Badgley at allmusic.com. This is what he thought about Vol 4, the best sounding of the lot:
“Vol. 4 of Davy Jones’ ongoing anthology covers material he recorded during 1996, and it consists of nothing more than demos. Some of these tracks found their way onto Justus, the Monkees’ 1996 ‘reunion’ CD, while the rest remain in unfinished form.”
Much of the material was produced by Johnny Blair and the heavy presence of synths suggest these were demos. The inclusion of two live tracks may mean it was an unfinished work with the live tracks present as fillers. There is no album title.
Badgley also says “Jones has a pleasant voice, and the material here is not so much bad as it is bland. This is great wallpaper music, and does not require any attention.” That’s harsh considering few bands, UK or US, survived their breakup in the ’60s to find a solo career. Think Herman’s Hermits, The Tremeloes, Dave Clark Five.
The Monkees are an icon and Davy Jones forever remembered as the main voice of the band. The Monkees also opened mainstream America to pop. That’s the achievement.
- The Little Chicken
A huge thanks to Ernie Clark for sharing this album with us.
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Track 01. What a Night (Jones) 3:35* (5.7MB)
Track 02. You and I (And Promises Not Broken) (Dolenz, Jones) 3:42* (5.9MB)
Track 03. I Miss You (Jones) 2:44 (4.3MB)
Track 04. You’re in My Heart (Jones, Andy Sears) 2:32 (4.0MB)
Track 05. I Wanna Fall in Love With Someone (Who’s Been in Love Before) (Jones) 2:56 (4.7MB)
Track 06. Couldn’t Have Been Love (Jones) 3:44 (5.9MB)
Track 07. Variation on Pachebel’s Canon in D/It’s Not Too Late (Jones) 5:10* (8.2MB)
Track 08. Rough to the Touch (Jones) 3:35 (5.7MB)
Track 09. I’ll Love You Forever (Jones, Andy Sears) 3:28 (5.5MB)
Track 10. Just a Matter of Time (Jones) 2:56 (4.7MB)
Track 11. It’s Now (Jones) 4:24 (7.0MB)
Track 12. If I Knew (Chadwick, Jones) 4:49 (7.7MB)
Track 13. The Only Thing Left (Jones) 4:17 (6.8MB)
* songs that finally appeared on The Monkees’ Justus album.
Tracks 9 and 11 are live concert performances.
The final Monkees album to feature all four original members was Justus released in 1996. Apparently, Davy Jones was also recording a solo album at the time and three of the tracks meant for his solo album appeared on Justus. Buy Justus here.
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