Tommy James/Christian of the World

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After he broke with the Shondells, Tommy James took some time off out of the spotlight but he came roaring back with his first solo album, 1970's Tommy James. It features the hit song "Ball and Chain" and seven other songs that were not a great departure from the sound he had with the Shondells: up-tempo songs with big hooks, great vocals lead and background, and a slightly psychedelic feeling. Tracks like the driving "Ball and Chain," the anthemic "Come to Me," and the pounding, bubblegum-tasting "I Lost My Baby" are as good as anything James had done recently. The only track where he stumbles is on the attempted hard rock boogie of "Quicksilver." Some people just aren't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After he broke with the Shondells, Tommy James took some time off out of the spotlight but he came roaring back with his first solo album, 1970's Tommy James. It features the hit song "Ball and Chain" and seven other songs that were not a great departure from the sound he had with the Shondells: up-tempo songs with big hooks, great vocals lead and background, and a slightly psychedelic feeling. Tracks like the driving "Ball and Chain," the anthemic "Come to Me," and the pounding, bubblegum-tasting "I Lost My Baby" are as good as anything James had done recently. The only track where he stumbles is on the attempted hard rock boogie of "Quicksilver." Some people just aren't meant to rock that way -- and James is one of them. The most interesting tune on the record is "Meet the Comer," which sounds musically like the downer version of "Crystal Blue Persuasion," but is actually the beginning of James' shift to uplifting religious themes that would really blossom on his second solo record. Christian of the World is not a concept record as such, but there is a theme of spirituality running through the lyrics. The title track is a sun-kissed plea for salvation, "Sing Sing Sing" rejects material possessions in favor of the power of song, "Sail a Happy Ship" directs people to turn to religion for peace and friendship, and "Church Street Soul Revival" is a beautiful, open-hearted celebration of God. The music is an amazing blend of bubblegum and gospel with some soul and a bit of country thrown in for good measure. James is on a creative roll here: his vocals are deeply heartfelt and soulful, the songwriting is powerful, and the whole record is strong from beginning to end. It isn't too surprising that apart from the hit single "Dragging the Line," the record was completely ignored. James' bubblegum persona preceded him. No one was quite ready to consider him a serious musician capable of creating an album as fully realized and creative as Christian of the World. Luckily, 30-plus years later one can divorce him or herself from James' lightweight image and see the record for the lost classic that it is. This Collectables two-fer is an essential purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431621929
  • Catalog Number: 6219
  • Sales rank: 73,350

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ball and Chain - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:33)
  2. 2 Meet The Comer - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:35)
  3. 3 Midnight Train - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:13)
  4. 4 Light of Day - Tommy James & the Shondells (4:02)
  5. 5 Come to Me - Tommy James & the Shondells (2:35)
  6. 6 I lost My Baby - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:06)
  7. 7 Lady Jane - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:41)
  8. 8 Quick Silver - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:44)
  9. 9 Christian of the World - Tommy James & the Shondells (2:37)
  10. 10 Kings And Things - Tommy James & the Shondells (1:57)
  11. 11 I'm Comin' Home - Tommy James & the Shondells (2:03)
  12. 12 Sing, Sing, Sing - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:07)
  13. 13 Draggin' the Line - Tommy James & the Shondells (2:44)
  14. 14 Sail A Happy Ship - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:15)
  15. 15 Light of Day - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:46)
  16. 16 Bits and Pieces - Tommy James & the Shondells (2:30)
  17. 17 I Believe In People - Tommy James & the Shondells (2:26)
  18. 18 Church Street Soul Revival - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:18)
  19. 19 Another Hill to Climb - Tommy James & the Shondells (3:09)
  20. 20 Adrienne - Tommy James & the Shondells (2:43)
  21. 21 Silk, Satin, Carriage Waiting - Tommy James & the Shondells (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy James Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Charlie Rich Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Tommy James & the Shondells Producer
Tony Green Composer
Bob King Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Mark Marymont Liner Notes
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Robert L. King Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Tommy James' Best Works

    This is a highlight of Tommy James' musical career. He has numerous albums-both with and without the Shondells. This album blends all of his styles into one work. It has hit singles and also best illustrates his powerful ability to write and record Christian themes. It is a celebration of his love of life, mankind and the Lord.

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