The Very Best of Howard Jones is a collection of Howard Jones's biggest hits from 1983 through 2003. It also contains one new track, "Revolution Of The Heart", in its original form. It would later be altered and featured on his 2005 album, "Revolution Of The Heart". The Very Best Of Howard Jones also came with a bonus disc of b-sides. The two-disc set featuring 36 synth-pop hits includes "New Song", "Everlasting Love", and the Phil Collins-produced version of "No One Is To Blame".
After a three-year wait, this album was a bit of a disappointment. Musically, it is his best yet, but it lacked a certain energy that the others had. The songs seemed to replace vivacity with length. The album didn't do very well on the charts; the number 13 single (U.S.), "Everlasting Love," was the biggest hit. Ironically, the best song on this album, "Out of Thin Air," does not use a single synthesizer but instead is a solo piano piece performed by Jones himself. After all those years of electronic music, a song featuring a real instrument is a welcome relief.
British singer/songwriter Howard Jones was a glinting jewel caught in the avalanche of synthesized music that overwhelmed the pop scene in the '80s. Jones had a true gift for crafting gleaming melodic hooks that make his hits some of the most memorable of the era. He used synthesizers not because they were "in," but because he could use them to create a delicious soundscape that couldn't be created without them. (Later in his career, he proved that he didn't need the electronics to write compelling pop music.) This 12" Album was released in support of his 1984 effort Humans Lib. It includes remixes of four of the hits from that record, including a previously unreleased extended mix of "Pearl in the Shell" and a "new version" of the now-classic "New Song," which features a reworked bass run and a new piano solo. The 12" Album also introduced the catchy "Always Asking Questions." The enclosed "international mix" of "Like to Get to Know You Well" (which was to appear on his next album, Dreams Into Action) is given an appealing reggae-flavored steel band backing.
Human's Lib is fueled by the nonstop synth-pop hooks and brightly textured melodies that went on to be a trademark of Howard Jones. His brand of spirited keyboard-and-lyric exuberance lent itself to a large part of the mid-'80s, especially in Britain. The tracks on Human's Lib are energetic and colorful, coming to life the best on "New Song," a number 27 hit for Jones in the U.S., and on the finely structured "What Is Love?," which gave him the number 33 spot on the singles chart four months later. While both of these songs rested at the bottom end of Billboard's Top 40, they went to number three and number two, respectively, in the U.K., with the album going all the way to number one, proving that his techno-pop stylings were better-appreciated on his side of the Atlantic. Outside of the singles, the album still holds well, with efforts like "Hide and Seek," "Conditioning," and "Pearl in the Shell" following through with a buoyant but orderly techno-pop keenness mustered through his clean use of the synthesizer.
One to One is the third album by British pop musician Howard Jones, released in October 1986. The CD release also contains the single version of "No One Is to Blame" (a song featured on his previous album) with Phil Collins on backing vocals and drums. The album contained the hits "You Know I Love You…Don't You?" (US top twenty) and "All I Want" (top 40 in many European countries).
«Human's Lib» is the debut album by British pop musician Howard Jones. It was released in March 1984 and entered the UK Album Charts at the no. 1 spot, spending a total of 57 weeks in the charts. The album sold 100,000 copies in its first week of release and has been certified 2xPlatinum by the BPI for sales in excess of 600,000 copies. The album went gold in many European countries and was a big hit in Japan and the US.
«Dream Into Action» is the second album by British pop musician Howard Jones. It was released in March 1985 and reached No.2 in the UK Album Charts. The album went gold and platinum in many countries including the US and UK.
«Cross That Line» is the fourth album by British pop musician Howard Jones, released in April 1989. It featured two hit singles "The Prisoner" (#30 US) and "Everlasting Love" (#12 US), though neither of these singles or the album itself were successful in Jones's native UK. The album was produced by Jones with Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes, and Ross Cullum - all of whom had worked with Tears For Fears earlier in the 1980s.
With a string of new wave-tinged hits, Howard Jones was one of the defining artists of the sound of pop music in the 1980s. After two decades of performing, Jones celebrated his illustrious career with this concert, which spanned nearly three hours and featured four distinct sets. Among the songs included in Howard Jones: 20th Anniversary Concert Live at the Shepherd's Bush are "No One Is to Blame," "Don't Always Look at the Rain," "Like to Get to Know You Well," and many others.