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Tom Jones, Long Lost Suitcase (Virgin/EMI Records)




Tom Jones, Long Lost Suitcase (Virgin/EMI Records)
CD Reviews: January 21, 2016

01/21/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The latest what’s-old-is-new-again Billboard headline revolves around this 72-year-old Vegas hip-shaker, who was basically the U.K.’s 1960s version of Elvis, unless you’re more inclined to lump Jones in with Englebert Humperdinck, a similar Vegas crooner who was more his contemporary. I don’t care either way, Jones is and was awesome (if you can think of a male pop singer getting more projection than Jones did in the coda to the Thunderball theme song, be my guest, but you’re wrong). As for this new collection of mostly midcentury blues and rock and whatnot, it’s spot-on with regard to nostalgic sounds, from the dusty-cowboy tremolo on the faux-solemn ballad “Opportunity to Cry” to the Zeppelin III-esque duet with Imelda May on the Milk Carton Kids’ “Honey Honey,” and speaking of Zeppelin, a totally unplugged-sounding “Bring It on Home.” Writing of this album, one reviewer saw Jones pining for a chance to beat Elvis, but personally I see it more as a tribute in some ways, not that it’s Elvis-centric in the main – they were friends, after all.






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