DAVID JONES (180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE STEREO VINYL/MONKEES 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Only in America can a young lad from Manchester England break into show business playing The Artful Dodger in Oliver in New York City, winning accolades and a Tony Award nomination from the theatre world one day and then mastering his craft on The Ed Sullivan Show the same night of The Beatles huge breakthrough, then signing a deal with Colpix Records the same night. A year later, he and three other gents became runaway teen idols on television, topping the charts all over the world as The Monkees, outselling The Beatles for a period and maintaining the coveted number one slot with several hit singles and albums over the next few years ..... Only in America.
This isn't make believe. It is the fabulous rise to fame in a hurry story courtesy of a superstar pop rock legend Davy Jones.....and the massive recording career that started with his long out of print first album David Jones. Recorded throughout 1965 with a bevy of the hottest songwriters in the Columbia Pictures stable, this pop gem contained the rudiments of a major career which has endured for many years since. Recently at the Monkees 45th Anniversary Show in Atlantic City, Davy and I were discussing the pre-release of this c.d., and he proudly noted "Did you know that Dream Girl went to number one in Australia?" Relaying the fact that local Philly artist Van McCoy wrote this northern soul sounding track, Jones truly smiled at the U.K. term as this song and its rare B-side Take Me To Paradise had the arrangements and feel of r&b bands of the day like The Drifters and The Shirelles. This soulful side of Jones would lat-
er show up on The Monkees songs like She Hangs Out, A Man Without A Dream and Forget That Girl. The album's second single What Are We Going To Do? was a slight departure. It followed more of a Brit pop feel, and it warranted solid chart exposure as well as appearances on national TV shows like Shindig! The brightest stars of the classic pop era also contributed to this album and would soon follow Davy Jones on his path to Monkeemania. Superstars like Carole King/Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, David Gates from Bread, Toni Wine who would later sing lead vocals on The Archies records......and Bob Dylan with It Ain't Me Babe, which was also a hit for The Turtles that same year. Friday Music is proud to offer this fine album for the first time in over forty years! This first time c.d. release is now enhanced with the addition of the aforementioned Take Me To Paradise and the brilliant The Girl From Chelsea which truly shows a transition from pop crooner to future rock star. In 1967, the David Jones l.p. charted thanks to his rise to fame as a member of The Monkees andthe album cover was cleverly featured in The Monkees TV show episode, Monkees At The Movies.