Release Date: 16 October 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|Howard Jones The Peaceful Tour Limited Edition Blue Vinyl LP
• Special limited edition blue vinyl pressing of the stunning live album from international ‘80s music icon Howard Jones on his blockbuster 2001 tour!
Howard Jones was one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop. Jones' music merged the technologyintensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-'60s pop. Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late '80s before he retreated into being a cult figure in the '90s.
A native of Southampton, England, Jones learned how to play piano at the age of seven. By the time he was a
teenager, his family had relocated to Canada, which is where he joined his first band, a progressive rock
group called Warrior. Eventually, Jones moved back to England, where he played in a number of different
groups. In the mid-'70s, he enrolled in the Royal Northern College of Music. After he dropped out, he played with a variety of local Southampton jazz and funk bands. Eventually, Jones began performing as a solo artist with synthesizers and drum machines. For these one-man concerts, Jones had a mime named Jed Hoile perform. After a few years of solo performing, Jones attracted the attention of John Peel, who offered the keyboardist a BBC session. Soon, Jones was opening for new wave synth pop acts across England. By 1983, he had signed with WEA in England and Europe; in America, he signed to Elektra. Howard Jones released his first single, "New Song," in England in the fall of 1983 and it became a big hit, peaking at number three. His second single, "What Is Love," was released a few months later and it reached number two.
Humans Lib, Jones' debut album, was released in the spring of 1984 and quickly rose to number one in England. Thanks to repeated exposure on MTV, the album became a moderate hit in the U.S. Later in 1984, "New Song" and "What Is Love" became American Top 40 hits, while "Pearl in the Shell" became his third British Top Ten single.
2. New Song
3. Like to Get to Know You Well
4. Collective Heartbeat
5. Hide and Seek
6. All I Want
7. Things Can Only Get Better
8. What Is Love