Mr. Jones

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At age 62, Tom Jones is, in a sense, making a comeback with each new recording. That is certainly the case with Mr. Jones, on which he puts himself in the hands of producers Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis. Jones has never minded being the mouthpiece of a producer or two, confident enough in his own persona to stretch to meet different styles. Here, he collaborates with his partners, co-writing many of the songs. And the trio isn't afraid to take on the Jones' legend directly, starting with the lead-off track, "Tom Jones International," which even finds the singer rapping -- well, sort of -- in a dance-friendly paean to himself. The self-referential tone continues with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At age 62, Tom Jones is, in a sense, making a comeback with each new recording. That is certainly the case with Mr. Jones, on which he puts himself in the hands of producers Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis. Jones has never minded being the mouthpiece of a producer or two, confident enough in his own persona to stretch to meet different styles. Here, he collaborates with his partners, co-writing many of the songs. And the trio isn't afraid to take on the Jones' legend directly, starting with the lead-off track, "Tom Jones International," which even finds the singer rapping -- well, sort of -- in a dance-friendly paean to himself. The self-referential tone continues with "Younger Days," a reminiscence about the past when Jones was a star, that ends up declaring that he's still got it. The rest of the album is a demonstration of that claim, as Jean and Duplessis provide the rhythmic instrumental tracks and Jones is his usual emphatic self. The originals are augmented by well-chosen covers, including a version of Leadbelly's "Black Betty" that features a sample of the folk-blues singer and a cover of Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight." Finally, Jones closes as he started, by paying tribute to himself (and even sampling himself) on a remake of "I Who Have Nothing," a song he first recorded in 1970. Along with Jean and Duplessis, Jones seems to realize that the key to reinventing himself is to evoke his heyday and set it to contemporary beats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: V2 Int'l
  • EAN: 5033197210728
  • Catalog Number: 102107
  • Sales rank: 169,743

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tom Jones International (3:19)
  2. 2 Younger Days (5:23)
  3. 3 Holiday (3:29)
  4. 4 Whatever It Takes (3:59)
  5. 5 Heavens Been a Long Time Comin' (3:26)
  6. 6 Black Betty (3:10)
  7. 7 Jezebel (3:58)
  8. 8 The Letter - Allure (3:48)
  9. 9 This Is My Life (3:30)
  10. 10 We've Got Tonight (3:35)
  11. 11 Feel the Rain (3:23)
  12. 12 I (Who Have Nothing) (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Jones Primary Artist
Robert Aaron Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Becton Background Vocals
Clark Gayton Trombone
Curtis King Vocals, Background Vocals
Alfonso Thornton Vocals, Background Vocals
John Walsh Trumpet
Keith Airey Guitar
Teflon Keyboards
Raul Agraz Trumpet
Governor Background Vocals
Melky Jean Background Vocals
Ken Williams Vocals
Dennis Collins Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Solomon Burke Composer
Tom Jones Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Robert Aaron Horn Arrangements
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Mark T. Jordan Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Bob Seger Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Andy Grassi Engineer
Kevin Myers Engineer
Wyclef Jean Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer
Ann Stokes Composer
Carlo Donida Composer
Neil Tucker Digital Editing
Adrian Hall Engineer
Evan Rossiter Engineer
Jim Sells Composer
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