Davy Jones INCREDIBLE "The Great Lost Album" (Expanded 2010 Download Edition) + FIVE BONUS TRACKS from 1986-89: The "ukulele version" of "Manchester Boy," both sides of the "Don't Go" single, and alternate takes from the sessions.
THE GREAT LOST PERFECT POP ALBUM OF THE 80s
A musical travesty has been fixed by the re-issuance of INCREDIBLE (this dowload version marks the 3rd reissue of the album). God knows how many bootlegged copies (of dubious quality) of this album have been circulated. Amongst hardcore Davy Jones/Monkee fans, INCREDIBLE has assumed mythical status. Musician and journalist
Christopher L. Pick echoes the thoughts of many fans when he says, “INCREDIBLE is the album of his career.”
INCREDIBLE deserves recognition as a work that doesn’t hide in the shadow of other victories. It nods to The Monkees in a few places, but David sets his own rules for musical accessibility, diversity, and innovation. All Jones did was keep the faith and record a solid album.
2010: This special download edition includes five bonus tracks from 1986-89: The "ukulele version" of "Manchester Boy," both sides of the "Don't Go" single, and alternate takes from the sessions.
Musicians include Davy Jones, members of The Grass Roots, members of The Monkees' touring band, and Mark Clarke. Produced and arranged under the supervision of David Jones. Co-produced by Mark Clarke, Joe Hardy and Robert Merrill. Recorded between February 1986 and July 1987 at Ardent/Memphis TN, Globe Studio/Sydney AUSTRALIA, Longview Farm/N. Brookfield MA, Luxury Audio Workshop/Las Vegas NV and Record Plant/New York NY.
Originally released by Dome Press/Hardor Incorporated in 1988 (SS 8091). 2010 reissue supervised by Johnny J. Blair for Fire Inside Productions....more
INCREDIBLE (EXPANDED DOWNLOAD EDITION 2010) Davy Jones
Originally released by Dome Press/Hardor Incorporated in 1988 (SS 8091).
INCREDIBLE: THE GREAT LOST PERFECT POP ALBUM OF THE 80s (Notes by Johnny J Blair)
A musical travesty has been fixed by the re-issuance of INCREDIBLE. God knows how many bootlegged copies (of dubious quality) of this album have been circulated. Amongst hardcore Davy/Monkee fans, INCREDIBLE has assumed mythical status. Musician and journalist Christopher L. Pick echoes the thoughts of many fans when he says, “INCREDIBLE is the album of his career.”
In 1993 I was working in the studio, editing material for a couple of David’s music videos. While listening to concert footage, I heard him say to the audience, “Hey you should all go out in the lobby and get this album of mine called INCREDIBLE. I don’t know what’s so incredible about it myself. None of your are running out there to buy it (laughter).” A few days later David came to the studio with a bag of tapes from his home locker. I became the glad recipient of my own copy of INCREDIBLE, complete with blue cover framing a photo of tanned Davy with fab 80s hair.
Remember the 80s? Big hair. Tear down the Berlin Wall. BACK TO THE FUTURE. Ronald Reagan (who even rates a mention in David’s autobiography). Starting in 1986, The Monkees had a hugely successful (and for some unexpected) comeback. New Monkees’ material entered the charts while the back catalogue went platinum . TV reruns of the original series broke ratings on MTV and VH1 while their new videos became hits. More sell out appearances and whirlwind tours. It was The Second Coming of Monkeemania
M2 (Monkeemania Two) steamrolled through the personal lives and side projects of the individual members, particularly David Jones, as he juggled father, husband and horseman into the mix. M2 came on the heels of his own string of packed concerts and hit records in Japan during the early 80s. It wasn’t like the work caught him unawares mucking about in the stables.
One would think there would be a logical reception for INCREDIBLE had David chosen to hype it on the coat-tails of M2. Yet who said this business is logical? David explained recently, “I just plain didn’t care to put that much energy into promoting INCREDIBLE. Perhaps I should have. I just saw it as something to do for personal enjoyment and for the fans. Lord knows I spent enough money producing it.” He shrugs, “But the 80s were so busy for us. A lot of good things were set aside. My mind was on performing in 41,000 seat stadiums and having Monkees records all over the Top 40.”
Much of INCREDIBLE was tracked at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. Ardent was a cathartic center for recordings from the the pop/rock and soul music heydeys of the 60s and 70s. Everyone from The Box Tops to the Reverend Al Green to Elvis Presley to Dusty Springfield have recorded at Ardent. That classic “Memphis soul” aroma resonates throughout INCREDIBLE, particularly on “Hippy Hippy Shake,” “I’ll Love You Forever” and “Make the Woman Love Me.”
Before you can sing Mott the Hoople’s “All the Way From Memphis,” a studio track sheet credits Mark Clarke as co-producer on INCREDIBLE. Besides being part of Billy Squier’s prime years, Clarke has played roles in many English classic rock porfolios: , Ian Hunter/Mick Ronson projects (and other Mott spinoffs), Colosseum, Billy Squier, Tempest and Uriah Heep. David speaks well of his well-humored buddy Mark, an excellent singer-songwriter who played bass for many years with Jones and The Monkees.
Tim Breon (Olivia Newton-John, Martha Reeves), the remastering engineer for INCREDIBLE, was impressed by the palette of songs (as a guitarist and bassist, Breon has also recorded and subbed on DJ projects). In the late 80s Breon was playing guitar with the acclaimed David Rose Band, whose records crossed the border between electric jazz and radio friendly pop/rock. Tim observes, “INCREDIBLE was a lot like what we were doing in those days. Songs that took musical sophistication to perform but were rich in basic melody. In those days groups like The Outfield and Starship were having hits with punchy music like this. INCREDIBLE competed with all that. It holds up with today’s standards as well.”
INCREDIBLE deserves recognition as a work that doesn’t hide in the shadow of other victories. It nods to The Monkees in only a few places. David has his own set of rules for musical accessibility, diversity and innovation—the same school that gave us The Monkees and a long list of other pop/rock icons. All Jones did was keep the faith and record a solid album.
In relation to the INCREDIBLE time-line, Jones recorded some of his most sought after sides: "Manchester Boy" was part of his audio autobiography, THEY MADE A MONKEE OUT OF ME. The "Don't Go/Hanging by a Thread" single was made not long after INCREDIBLE and folds into the same style zone. Other bonus cuts include alternate mixes of "Don't Go" and "She Believes."
Thanks to David Jones, Abby Alterio/Davy’sDevotees Fan Club, C. Brian Jasper, Christopher L. Pick, Earl Southee and Kirk & Sue White/Band 6 for indispensible background information.
released January 1, 1988
Musicians include Davy Jones, Mark Clarke, members of The Grass Roots, and members of The Monkees' touring band.
Produced and arranged under the supervision of David Jones. Co-produced by Mark Clarke, Joe Hardy and Robert Merrill. Engineered by Tim Bomba, Bobby Cohen, Joe Henehan, Lee Watters, Mark Weisinger.
This edition of INCREDIBLE was transferred directly from the original master tapes by Tom Borthwick/Sound Investments, Scranton PA. Bonus tracks compiled and remastered by Akira Suzuki. 2010 download supervised by Johnny J. Blair.
Recorded between February 1986 and July 1987 at Ardent/Memphis TN, Globe Studio/Sydney, Australia, Longview Farm/N. Brookfield MA, Luxury Audio Workshop/Las Vegas NV, and Record Plant/New York NY.