Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart


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Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart

Most music fans showed no interest in this album when in it was released in 1976 -- it was most certainly their loss. Though lightweight and fluffy, this album ended up being the most consistent Monkees-related release since Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, the fourth Monkees album from 1967. With top-notch songs from the pens of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart and even a few outstanding tracks from Mickey Dolenz, this album was destined to be a cult classic. Kicking off with the mid-tempo balladry of "Right Now," sung by Davy Jones and featuring a few Lennon-esque chord changes, it was obvious that this was not the latest Deep Purple album (although the chunky guitar riff in "Moonfire" certainly owes a bit of debt to DP's "Smoke on the Water" if you can believe it). "I Love You (And I'm Glad That I Said It)," sung by Hart, is a beautiful ballad that Kenny Rogers could've turned into a monstrous hit. "You and I" is the same track that the Monkees re-recorded for the Justus album, though this version is sung by Dolenz and is much better. "It Always Hurts the Most in the Morning" is another track sung by Dolenz and features even more Lennon-esque chord changes. "You Didn't Feel That Way Last Night" is a direct rewrite of the Monkees classic "Stepping Stone" and Dolenz has fun with it. The Dolenz-penned track "Savin' My Love for You" is pure pop cheese but is one of the greatest cheese-pop songs ever written. The single "I Remember the Feeling" is one of those feel-good tracks that restores your faith in pop music with Jones handling the verses and Dolenz belting his way throughout the chorus. Dolenz steals the show on this album. His harmonies are perfect while his lead vocals have never sounded better. Though the other three members take their solo turns handling a verse of "Sail on Sailor," Dolenz sits out the verses but steals the show during the chorus' fadeout while wailing "Sail On! Sail On! Sail O-o-n!" Genius. The only misstep here is a horrific rendition of "Along Came Jones" that may have been fun to record but is too painful to listen to. DJB & H had quite a past behind them, but they certainly lived up their legend here.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2014
Label: El Records
UPC: 5013929305229
catalogNumber: 52
Rank: 52157

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart   Primary Artist
Monkees   Track Performer
Keith Allison   Bass
Neil Norman   Guitar,Moog Synthesizer
Davy Jones   Vocals
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Micky Dolenz   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Cyrus Faryar   Guitar
Tommy Boyce   Guitar
Joey Carbone   Keyboards
Henry Diltz   Banjo
Chip Douglas   Guitar
Skip Edwards   Keyboards
Bobby Hart   Keyboards,Track Performer
Jim Helmer   Drums
Ron Hicklin   Vocal Director
Emil Richards   Percussion
Jeffrey Staton   Guitar
Michael Staton   Guitar
Jerry Yester   Guitar
Jerry Summers   Drums
Joe Dolan & the Drifters Showband   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mort Shuman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Producer
Bobby Hart   Producer
Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements
David Hassinger   Engineer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Sergio Reyes   Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
William Martin   Composer
Douglas Trevor   Composer

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