One too many mornings & a thousand miles behind: “1966 World Tour (The Home Movies)”

By on June 19, 2019

We’re going to ask that you set aside any preconceived expectations you might have for this “Bob Dylan” documentary — 1966 World Tour (The Home Movies), now streaming on Night Flight Plus — because even though the cover photo features Dylan along with tour drummer Mickey Jones, there’s honestly very little actual footage of Dylan here.

We’ve got plenty of other Dylan documentaries for you to check out, though, if that’s what you’re really searching for.

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This particular 95-minute doc is squarely focused on the easy-going Jones — born in Houston, Texas, in 1941, and raised in Grand Prairie and the Dallas-Ft. Worth area — who appears to be sitting in an editing bay or production facility, talking with director Joel Gilbert.

Jones — who had an incredible career in both music and as an actor in films, TV shows and even famous commercials — begins by telling us where he’d traveled on his life’s journey, from Texas to Southern California and globetrotting points all around the world.

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Jones eventually gets around to telling us how he and Dylan met briefly one night at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood in 1965. Dylan invited him to a private party up in the Hollywood Hills to chat more, but it took a bit longer for Dylan to get around to asking Jones to join his band.

Dylan’s regular drummer, Levon Helm, had quit touring with him just before he was to leave for gigs lined up in Hawaii, Australia, and all across Europe, and he’d already gone through a couple of drummers already and knew that he wanted Jones backing him up.

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Jones shares with us the touristy travelogue footage he shot with his small handheld Kodak home movie camera while touring with Dylan and the Band.

They stop off in Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland and France (and by the way, we’ve got a previous blog post about how Dylan held a Paris press conference and did his speaking through a marionette).

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You shouldn’t expect to see much actual footage of Dylan performing, though, save for the few times Jones handed off his camera to stagehands who shot a little bit of shaky 8mm footage while he was onstage playing the drums.

One of the more remarkable stories that Jones tells is how Dylan’s otherwise loyal fans all across the world were unhappy that he’d plugged in his electric guitar and appeared to being going rock ‘n’ roll, even though Dylan always opened the first half of his shows on that tour with an entire set of folk songs, performing solo and strumming an acoustic guitar.

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We hear the story of the infamous Manchester Free Trade Hall on May 17, 1966, when an annoyed audience member yelled out “Judas!,” and Dylan responded, “I don’t believe you… you’re a liar!”

We’ve always been told that it was Dylan who turned to his band and said “Play fucking loud!,” but Jones confirms it was actually a British stagehand who yelled out to them, not Dylan.

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Thereafter, Dylan sneering his lyrics to “One Too Many Mornings” now start to take on a sinister tone:

“You’re right from your side, I’m right from mine/We’re both just one too many mornings, an’ a thousand miles behind.”

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We hear how the crowds in practically every country booed their electric sets and there were scathing concert reviews in newspapers too.

We also hear a little about D.A. Pennebaker’s film-in-progress Eat the Document, which was being shot as Dylan and the the Band played shows in England.

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That’s not Dylan’s music playing in the background, by the way, that’s a tribute band called Highway 61 Revisited.

Read more about Mickey Jones below.

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Perhaps you recognize Mickey Jones from more than five hundred episodes of mostly primetime TV shows he appeared in, including sitcoms and hour-long dramas.

He’s likely best known to many as construction worker “Pete Bilker” on Tim Allen’s popular sitcom “Home Improvement.”

His 2007 autobiography, That Would Be Me: Rock & Roll Survivor to Hollywood Actor, was in fact titled in part after his character’s catchphrase.

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Since the late ’70s, Jones popped up pretty regularly on popular shows like “M*A*S*H,” “Dukes of Hazzard,” “Baywatch,” “Justified,” and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” (IMDB lists literally dozens more).

Jones also appeared in more than eighty feature films — his first was Steve McQueen’s Tom Horn — including Total Recall, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and Sling Blade (appearing alongside his good friend Billy Bob Thornton), among dozens more.

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Or, maybe you remember him as the full-bearded, long-haired biker dude in that Breath Savers commercial, where a sweet little granny on the subway tells him how pleasant his breath smells.

Jones tells us it was the longest-running TV commercial ever, airing for six years and earning him $750,000 dollars, much of which was spent on advancing bikers’ rights causes (Jones got his first motorcycle in Dallas in 1958).

Before he became an actor, though — as you’ll hear him discussing here at length — Jones played the drums in bands backing Johnny Rivers, and fellow Texans Trini Lopez (a high school friend) and, post-Dylan, in Kenny Rogers’ band, the First Edition.

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During the course of 1966 World Tour (The Home Movies), you’ll find out just about everything you’d ever want to know about Mickey Jones, who sadly passed away on February 7, 2018, at age 76.

Watch 1966 World Tour (The Home Movies) — or if you really want to see a Dylan doc, may we recommend one of the other titles you’ll find here — on Night Flight Plus.

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.