Davy Jones

Just for the Record, Vol. 3

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Judging from the amount of songs on the third volume of Davy Jones' solo material, the 1980s were very busy for him. Unfortunately, quantity does not always have anything to do with quality. With just one listen to this two-CD set, it is not hard to figure out why this material remained unreleased and why Jones seemed to have such a difficult time finding a label. The music is standard, overproduced, synth-beat driven pop music. There is no question it was recorded in the early '80s. Also included in this package is a live recording from Japan where Jones destroys some of his biggest hits, both with the Monkees ("Star Collector," "Daydream Believer," and "Cuddly Toy"), as well his only solo hit "Rainy Jane"). The playing is sloppy, the sound is horrible, and Jones becomes a second-rate lounge act, which is very disappointing. An actual released recording is the only plus on the entire package. "Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse" was a single-only release in England in the late '70s and it makes its CD debut here. While not a great song, it is at least interesting. Once again the lack of meaningful liner notes detracts from the overall packaging, and more reissued released material would have proven more valuable. Also, the two CDs could have fit onto one CD, so one wonders the decision for two. A single CD collecting some of the 1970s and 1980s rarities would likely have pleased fans and pop historians much more. As it stands, this CD is an overlong mess. Also, is there any real reason for two different versions of a third-rate song like "Don't Go"?

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