Between 1994 and 2004, Davy showed his mettle as a songwriter, producer, and arranger when he unleashed thirty of his original songs on a trio of albums: JUST FOR THE RECORD (VOL. FOUR) (1996), JUST ME (2001), and JUST ME 2 (2004). The essential mixes from all these albums are now available on this pair of download albums: JUST ME (AGAIN) VOLUMES ONE and TWO--with added bonus material of alternate mixes, demos, outtakes, and more.
Casting a wide style-net and produced with a classic British rock sound, contributors included synthesizer wizard John Bechdel (Fear Factory, Gary Numan), Johnny J. Blair, Tim Breon (David Rose, Olivia Newton-John), Grammy-winning engineer Rusty Richards (Michelle
Shocked, Brian Wilson), and members of Davy’s road band.
The music received excellent reviews around the industry, including All Music Guide ("Four Stars") and fellow Monkee Peter Tork, who described JUST ME series as "the best thing Davy has done."...more
JUST ME 2 was the sequel to JUST ME. Heralded by critics and fans, this set extends the idea of Davy's original songs, joined to top-notch collaborators and select cover tunes. JUST ME (AGAIN) VOLUME II expands on JUST ME 2 with extra demos, outtakes, and alternate mixes.
Edited review of JUST ME 2 by C. Brian Jasper, Goldmine magazine 3/4/2005:
"JUST ME 2 is, for the most part, a revisionist version of 2001's JUST ME and serves more as a 'version 2' than it does a 'volume 2.' However, this is not a bad thing; it's just something you should know first off. Jones remixes eight tracks from JUST ME and adds two others from 1999's JUST FOR THE RECORD.
"The tracks all benefit from additional tweaking...the new sequencing of the tracks and the added punch in the control room make it a delight...What's new to the mix are three nice recordings: A cover of The Bee Gee's 'Run to Me' (added, perhaps, as a personal tribute to the late Maurice Gibb), an acoustic Jones original with close harmonies called 'Leavin' it up to You," and a sterling cover of John Farnham's spiritual, 'When All Else Fails,' a song that Jones has been performing in concert for years but has just gotten down to the business of recording.
"Johnny Blair's gospel production is authentic and brings this song to life in a way fans have not heard before. Jones voice is in a higher register here and sounds best when pushed a little, as in this tune...
"As for other noteworthies...check out the timeless sentiment of 'Hurry Up Slow Down,'...'You're in my Heart' (sounds like a hot rainy day set to music), the reggae stumble of 'If Only For One Moment in Time," and the AC ballad 'It's Just a Matter of Time.'" (end)
released February 15, 2011
Produced by David T. Jones & Johnny J. Blair
Recorded at various studios in central PA and Nashville TN. Live tracks recorded at Six Flags, NJ. Engineered by John Bechdel, Tim Breon, Fett, Skip Kline, and Rusty Richards.
Musicians on all songs:
David T. Jones--guitar, percussion, lead & harmony vocals
Johnny J. Blair--accordion, bass, drums, drum programs, guitars, keyboards, Mellotron, percussion, vocal harmonies
Wayne Avers--lead guitar & harmony vocals
Steve Avitable--keyboards & harmony vocals
Jerry Renino--bass & harmony vocals
Jimmy Riccitelli--keyboards & harmony vocals
Rusty Richards--drum/percussion programming
"Easy" Mark Tomeo--pedal steel guitar
School choir on "Run to Me" (conducted by Gwen Kline):
Kevin Folk, Cara Hunsinger, Molly Phillips & Samantha Wolfley
Autumn Ayers, Cassie Blair (duet on "I Wanna Be Me"), Joy Milbrand, Monette Newsuan, Janet Richards, & Linda Wheatley.