24 Hours

24 Hours

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by Tom Jones
     
 

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To quote an earlier comeback record from Tom Jones (not that he ever left), he not only has the lead but he knows how to swing it. While it's true that 24 Hours appears close to 50 years after Jones first started playing with local Welsh beat groups, there's still plenty of evidence that this is the same singer who caused timid radio

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To quote an earlier comeback record from Tom Jones (not that he ever left), he not only has the lead but he knows how to swing it. While it's true that 24 Hours appears close to 50 years after Jones first started playing with local Welsh beat groups, there's still plenty of evidence that this is the same singer who caused timid radio broadcasters to reconsider playing his records and women to throw uncountable pairs of knickers toward the stage. Helmed by production team Future Cut -- also behind tracks by Lily Allen, Estelle, and Kelis, among others -- the record charts a perfect balance between the type of throwback soul that would appeal to fans of the artists mentioned above (plus Amy Winehouse or Nikka Costa) as well as those who treasure his beefy late-'60s productions. After all, not many listeners want to hear a refined Tom Jones. They want the power and bravado of "It's Not Unusual" and "What's New, Pussycat?" And, fortunately, that's exactly what they get here, from the knockout first single "If He Should Ever Leave You," the opener "I'm Alive," the aggressive and flirtatious "Sugar Daddy," and "In Style and Rhythm." Often, when performers attempt to update their sound, they end up sounding hopelessly lost or bewildered, but Jones has changed with the times throughout his career. Just as importantly, he's always chosen collaborators who can pinpoint how his classic sound would work in a contemporary context. Here, it's a pounding and drum-heavy production that still allows room for organic touches (blazing horns, stinging brass, twanging guitars). The quality of the songs is high, and most are kept in-house, so they match his persona well. Besides Future Cut, Tom Jones also gets help on a pair of tracks from two other great producers: Betty Wright and Nellee Hooper. The latter appears on "Sugar Daddy," an excellent song written for Jones by Bono and the Edge, and it also features both of them playing on the track. Best of all, Jones' voice is still strong, only rarely betraying his 68 years on the planet.

Editorial Reviews

BBC Online
Now that Ronson, Winehouse and Duffy have put ersatz soul back on the map, it seems that the hippest thing Tom can now do is sound like himself. For this reason alone 24 Hours is a winner....To turn in an album this hungry at this age speaks volumes about his desire to prove that he's still got it. And he has.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2008
Label:
S-Curve Records
UPC:
0807315500122
catalogNumber:
55001
Rank:
97495

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Jones   Primary Artist
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Trumpet,Saxophone
Edge   Guitar
Dave Bishop   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bono   Guitar
John Ellis   Keyboards
Paul Bryan Farr   Guitar
Simon Gardner   Trumpet
Paul Kegg   Cello
Noel Langley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rita Manning   Violin
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Sonia Slany   Violin
Jamie Talbot   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pete Whitfield   Violin
Richard Bissill   Percussion,French Horn
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Gillian Findlay   Violin
Clare Finnimore   Viola
Peter Lale   Viola
Harriet Davies   Violin
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Bill Churchville   Trumpet,Soloist
Ian Humphries   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
Michael McMenemy   Violin
Chris Elliott   Piano,Conductor
Darren Lewis   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Everton Nelson   Violin
Metro Voices   Vocals
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Andy Wood   Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Nick Barr   Viola
Harry Brown   Trombone
John Wriggle   Trombone
Nina Woodford   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Worsey   Cello
Sam Hollander   Drums,Background Vocals
Magnus Johnston   Violin
Nicole Morier   Background Vocals
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Chris Storr   Trumpet
Sean Gould   Guitar
Fiona Hibbert   Harp
Emma Owens   Viola
Richard Milone   Violin
David Smith   Trumpet
Iyiola Babalola   Synthesizer,Percussion
Sam Sadigursky   Tenor Saxophone
Blake Lewis   Background Vocals
Adam Pallin   Guitar
Markus Van Horn   Bass
Helgi Jonsson   Trumpet
PAttYCraSH   Background Vocals
Ben Levels   Keyboards,Background Vocals
John Ellis and His SDB   Keyboards
Steve Shebby   Bass
Emil Chakalov   Violin
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Leon Enrique Bosch   Bass
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Director
Sherelle McKenzie   Background Vocals
Ray Carliss   Saxophone
Pumali Brothers   Various
Phil Yaeger   Trumpet
Nathan Allen   Drums
Joey Hollander   Drums
Ella Boucher   Background Vocals
Darren Lewis   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Brian Munroney   Guitar
Ben Levels   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Alex Bonafanti   Bass Guitar
John Wriggle   Trombone
Paul Farr   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Carla Thomas   Composer
Betty Wright   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Jones   Composer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Simon Carmody   Composer
Nellee Hooper   Audio Production
Nick Ingman   Arranger
Peter Lucia   Composer
Mike Mangini   Producer,Audio Production
Rita Manning   String Arrangements
Steve Sidwell   Arranger,Brass Arrangment
Sonia Slany   String Arrangements
Greg Sutton   Composer
Pete Whitfield   Arranger,String Arrangements
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Gillian Findlay   String Arrangements
Harriet Davies   String Arrangements
Patrick Kiernan   String Arrangements
Boguslaw Kostecki   String Arrangements
Tommy James   Composer
Ian Humphries   String Arrangements
Michael McMenemy   String Arrangements
Chris Elliott   Arranger
Darren Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Everton Nelson   String Arrangements,Orchestra Leader
Future Cut   Audio Production
Emlyn Singleton   String Arrangements
Warren Zielinski   String Arrangements
Harry Brown   Arranger
Sam Hollander   Programming
Magnus Johnston   String Arrangements
Nicole Morier   Composer
Sean Gould   Vocal Engineer
Scott Elgin   Vocal Engineer
Richard Milone   String Arrangements
S*A*M   Audio Production
Dave Katz   Programming
Sluggo   Audio Production
Steve Greenberg   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Graham Dominy   Engineer
Iyiola Babalola   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Adam Pallin   Programming
Thomas Wander   Composer
Emil Chakalov   String Arrangements
Tom Pigott-Smith   String Arrangements
David Woodcock   String Arrangements
Pumali Brothers   Programming
Lisa Greene   Composer
Georg Hartwig   Composer
Darren Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Pumali Panthers   Audio Production

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24 Hours 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BigJohnLefty More than 1 year ago
The man knows what he's doing and just keeps moving on - i saw him about a year ago and he is just electrifying!
RoseAnne88 More than 1 year ago
This CD is strictly for Tom Jones fans old and new.
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