Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we search through our record collection in search of a lost gem.
Artist: The Monkees
Album: “You And I,” 1969
What happened: The Monkees’ TV show was canceled and Peter Tork left before they released 1969′s Instant Replay, which contained newer songs and a couple of fan-friendlier tracks from the Monkees’ vaults. The Davy Jones track “You And I,” one of the album’s newer songs, was recorded in 1968, and the lead-guitar duties were handled by none other than Neil Young.
Why it should have been a hit: The combination of Young’s guitar and Jones playing the world-weary frontman is too good to resist, and thanks in large part to Young’s signature tone, “You And I” still sounds pretty modern after almost 40 years. Unfortunately, the single from Replay wound up being the “Last Train To Clarksville” retread “Tear Drop City,” which peaked at No. 56 on the Billboard charts.
The Monkees – You And I [MP3, link expired]
The Monkees Home Page [monkees.net]