The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Davy Jones Takes Neil Young To The Dance

Jan 24th, 2007 // 4 Comments

instantreplay.jpgTime 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 []

  1. noamjamski

    This song was fabulous. I also like the chic 60′s way this was mixed. The drums and bass are panned to the left with all the guitars in the right.

    Stereolab does it a lot as well. It must have been a nightmare for the vinyl cutters as directional bass can cause the cutting needle (or the playback one for that matter) to try and split away from itself.

  2. themiserabilist

    I agree with your assessment of Tear Drop City… odd that Papa Nes would even cut such an obvious reimagineering of Last Train… but I have to disagree with your take on You and I. Neil Young’s guitar alone is not enough to save this song from itself. The real lost gem of Instant Replay is I Won’t Be the Same Without Her. A(nother) Goffin/King beauty with Nesmith adding his trademark twang. And I agree with Alicia… it’s worth it to pick up Nesmith’s post-Monkees First National Band releases. They’re even on iTunes now.

  3. Alicia

    You guys should look into some of Mike Nesmith’s solo stuff. Especially “Joanne” and “Calico Girlfriend.”

  4. RedMetal

    The guitar playing sounds almost too precise to be Neil Young, but it has that infamous warbly tone. Trying to find out if he was using the Gretch 6129 hollowbody electric then, which is what he used in Buffalo Springfield.

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