Close Up/Tom

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This August 2009 release from Vocalion combines two Tom Jones albums on a single CD, beginning with Close Up from 1972 and concluding with Tom, originally issued in 1970. Close Up was Jones' first album to not go gold since Green, Green Grass of Home, and given the inconsistent quality of the material and performances, it's easy to see why the record was only a minor hit. Many songs were either cutesy or vapid, and occasionally (such as "Young New Mexican Puppeteer" and "Witch Queen of New Orleans") they were both, although the hit single "Till" was a fine MOR ballad. However, Tom, from two years previously, had continued Jones' turn-of-the-decade winning ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This August 2009 release from Vocalion combines two Tom Jones albums on a single CD, beginning with Close Up from 1972 and concluding with Tom, originally issued in 1970. Close Up was Jones' first album to not go gold since Green, Green Grass of Home, and given the inconsistent quality of the material and performances, it's easy to see why the record was only a minor hit. Many songs were either cutesy or vapid, and occasionally (such as "Young New Mexican Puppeteer" and "Witch Queen of New Orleans") they were both, although the hit single "Till" was a fine MOR ballad. However, Tom, from two years previously, had continued Jones' turn-of-the-decade winning streak, climbing to number six on the album charts. Featuring a set of R&B covers ("I Can't Turn You Loose," "I Thank You," "Proud Mary") and pop confections ("Sugar, Sugar") that were too bombastic to be enjoyable, Tom wasn't as strong as his previous studio collection (This Is Tom Jones), but when Jones delivered ballads like "The Impossible Dream" and the hit "Without Love," the record kicked into high gear, as his delivery matched the material as well as the arrangements. Vocalion's Close Up/Tom also includes the single "Looking Out My Window"/"A Minute of Your Time" as a bonus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Dutton Vocalion Uk
  • UPC: 765387845520
  • Catalog Number: 8455

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Jones Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Mike Vickers Arranger
Barry Gibb Composer
Wayne Bickerton Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Michael J. Dutton Remastering
Maurice Gibb Composer
Gordon Mills Producer
Bill Price Engineer
Peter Sullivan Producer
Peter Rynston Engineer
Keith Mansfield Arranger
Charles Blackwell Arranger
Johnny Spence Arranger, Music Direction
Darion Composer
P. Vegas Composer
L. Vegas Composer
Leeuwen Composer
Cyril Ornadel Composer
Westlake Composer
Johnnie Spence Arranger, Music Direction
Resnick Composer
Reeves Composer
Redding Composer
Peters Composer
Levine Composer
Waddington Composer
Feldman Composer
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