Review: 7a Records Davy Jones Live In Japan
By Fred Velez
1981 saw the first major resurgence of the Monkees prior to the 1986 20th anniversary reunion. Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones all did solo tours in Japan which were extremely successful. Davy recorded a live album during his first Japanese tour then during a second leg recorded a live video disc of one of the concerts with the band Ricky and The Revolvers backing him. The audio of the video disc was later issue as an unauthorized live album.
It’s from the video disc, with all rights cleared and with the blessings from the Davy Jones Estate, that 7a Records has issued a brand new Davy Jones live single featuring ‘Daydream Believer’ backed with ‘I Wanna Be Free’. The single captures Davy Jones at his charming best with the Japanese fans screaming their approval.
As with all their releases including the recent Micky Dolenz Live in Japan single, 7a Records excel in the quality of this record, pressed on high grade yellow vinyl with excellent sound quality. Wonderful photos of Davy Jones grace the front and back cover of the picture sleeve and on both sides of the record labels. The cover design resembles a Japanese record release right down to the Japanese lettering along the side of the front cover. The inner sleeve contains information on supporting the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation (DJEMF), the charity set up to support Davy’s rescued horses.
The record is a limited edition of 500 copies, and once sold out will not be available in this format again. This is an excellent keepsake for all Davy Jones/Monkees fans which captures a magical moment between Davy and his loving and enthusiastic Japanese fans. Get it while it’s still available.
Little Pink Party Hat not included!
Fred Velez, 2017