4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Attempted Monkees revival a mild success,
By A Customer
This review is from: Concert in Japan (Audio CD)
The original DOLENZ, JONES, BOYCE AND HART album released on Capitol Records in 1976 is a vastly underrated pop album. Why it has never seen proper re-release is beyond me, especially when Rhino Records has released almost everything Monkees related. "I Remember the Feeling" is one of the best Monkees side-project songs...with vastly underrated pop singer Micky Dolenz belting out the lyrics like nobody else can.
This is the live album from this very same era, recorded in 1976 in Japan. It's an enjoyable affair, and the quality of the songs are high, including Boyce and Hart's biggest hit, "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight?" and the Dolenz/Jones original, "Savin' My Love For You." Of course it's also hard to go wrong with Monkees pop classics "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Last Train to Clarksville," "Cuddly Toy," and "Steppin' Stone." The backing band is tight (including ex-Paul Revere Raider Keith Allison on guitar), and the arrangments are pretty much true to form. Davy Jones doesn't sound quite up to snuff vocally, but it is not a major detraction. The medleys, however, were a mistake...they cheapen the memory of the original songs. "Daydream Believer" as part of a medley? What were they thinking?
Overall, this disc is a good remembrance of this part of Monkees history, with liner notes (and some great DJBH-era photos) by Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval to boot. These performances do not best the actual Monkees revival concerts of the '80s and '90s, but is an enjoyable listen nonetheless. However, this live album would be easily trumped by the official release of the actual DOLENZ, JONES, BOYCE AND HART album.