ARTIST: Tom Jones
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 20: It’s Not Unusual (#10 US, #1 UK), With These Hands (#27 US, #13 UK), What’s New Pussycat (#3 US, #11 UK), Once There Was a Time (#58 US, #18 UK), Green Green Grass of Home (#11 US, #1 UK), Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings (#49 US, #7 UK), I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (#6 US, #2 UK), I’m Coming Home (#57 US, #2 UK), Delilah (#15 US, #2 UK), Help Yourself (#35 US, #5 UK), A Minute of Your Time (#48 US, #14 UK), Without Love (There Is Nothing) (#5 US, #10 UK), Daughter of Darkness (#13 US, #5 UK), I (Who Have Nothing (#14 US, #16 UK), She’s a Lady (#2 US, #13 UK), Till (#38 US, #2 UK, The Young New Mexican Puppeteer (#80 US, #6 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Thunderball (#25 US, #35 UK)
LINEUP: Tom Jones and majestic pop orchestras
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Welsh singer, who made your mom and grandma all excited and stuff, had a deep catalog that fit his overly dramatic voice and style.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: As cheesy as some of these songs are, they also show the talent of Tom Jones to interpret songs and make them his own. From 1965 through 1972, when he really started to focus more on shows than recording and the pop styles moved away from his forte, he was an international star on TV and the radio, and sold a lot of records.
This collection is from his peak period, from his first single “It’s Not Unusual” in 1965 through 1975. While it may be a lot to plow through, it hits every twist and turn Jones navigated through those years and how he kept contemporary (somewhat) in those times.
Tom Jones is a legend, and oh, call him Sir Tom Jones. He’s still out there hoofin’ it on stage when he can.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He did have a hit with the Art of Noise covering “Kiss” in 1988, and sang “You Can Leave Your Hat On” for the soundtrack of the Full Monty. You can find those easily.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: Good, cheesy, fun.