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Tom Jones & Jools Holland

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In a recording career dating back 40 years, the LP Tom Jones & Jools Holland may be the best album Tom Jones has ever made. From the beginning, the singer has displayed his versatility, ably handling everything from the loopy '60s pop of "What's New, Pussycat?" to a '70s and '80s stint as a country singer before becoming the willing mouthpiece of dance-rock mavens like Art of Noise in the '90s and beyond. That adaptability has seen him through ups and downs, from concert halls to lounges in Las Vegas and back. But Jools Holland, the rambunctious barrelhouse/boogie-woogie piano player who has found renown as a TV host in Great Britain (Later with Jools Holland) ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In a recording career dating back 40 years, the LP Tom Jones & Jools Holland may be the best album Tom Jones has ever made. From the beginning, the singer has displayed his versatility, ably handling everything from the loopy '60s pop of "What's New, Pussycat?" to a '70s and '80s stint as a country singer before becoming the willing mouthpiece of dance-rock mavens like Art of Noise in the '90s and beyond. That adaptability has seen him through ups and downs, from concert halls to lounges in Las Vegas and back. But Jools Holland, the rambunctious barrelhouse/boogie-woogie piano player who has found renown as a TV host in Great Britain (Later with Jools Holland) seems to have located Jones' true center as a performer by accompanying him on this collection of old jump blues, R&B, rockabilly, and blues (with a few originals thrown in). Jones' voice is given a strong echo, the better to enable his version of the sound of Big Joe Williams and Big Joe Turner, among others. His talent has always been sounding comfortable no matter what he was singing, but Jones really sounds like he's having fun here, making like Jerry Lee Lewis on "It'll Be Me" and "End of the Road," for instance, or like Larry Williams on "Slow Down." He is the most joyous of bluesmen addressing "Good Morning Blues" (to which Holland appends Count Basie's "One O'Clock Jump" ) and "St. James Infirmary," and he and Holland revive Huey "Piano" Smith on "Roberta." In his reincarnations of the '90s and '00s, Jones has been trying to sound as current as possible. Holland's insight was to see that the 64-year-old singer was ready to investigate the roots of his soulful voice, and the pianist earns his co-billing by leading some rocking ensembles through arrangements that support the singer in his triumphant reclamation of his earliest influences.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • UPC: 825646191628
  • Catalog Number: 461916
  • Sales rank: 88,463

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Jones Primary Artist, Vocals
Jools Holland Organ, Piano
Roger Goslyn Trumpet
Chris Holland Organ
Gilson Lavis Drums
Nick Lunt Baritone Saxophone
Mick Talbot Organ
Henry Priestman Background Vocals
Winston Rollins Trumpet
Fayyaz Virji Trombone
Mark Flannagan Guitar
Pete Long Saxophone
Rico Rodriguez Trumpet
Jon Scott Trumpet
Adrian Revell Saxophone
Sam Leigh Brown Background Vocals
Christine Russell Background Vocals
Steve Balsamo Background Vocals
Jason McDermid Trumpet
Louise Claire Marshall Background Vocals
Chris Storr Trumpet
Allstair White Trumpet
Phil Veacock Saxophone
Dave Swift Bass
Lisa Grahame Saxophone
Gary Christain Background Vocals
Michael Lee Saxophone
Derek Nash Saxophone
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Big Joe Turner Composer
Billy Hill Composer
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Charlie Rich Composer
Jools Holland Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis Composer
Larry Williams Composer
Count Basie Composer
Quincy Jones Horn Arrangements
Jon Astley Mastering
Tom Jones Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Don Covay Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Laurie Latham Producer, Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
John A. Lomax Arranger
Deadric Malone Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Pete Long Horn Arrangements
Ray Sharpe Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns Composer
John Vincent Composer
Terry Medhurst Engineer
Ian Tompson Engineer
Jason McDermid Horn Arrangements
Joe Primrose Composer
Ron Burrow Engineer
Phil Veacock Horn Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensational and Versatile

    It's amazing the Tom Jones's versatility and great voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!

    Being a longtime fan of both Tom Jones and Jools Holland, I was completely bowled over by the two together on these great oldies. Absolutely pure joy from start to finish! They were never better.

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