Long Lost Suitcase

Long Lost Suitcase

by Tom Jones


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Long Lost Suitcase

Tom Jones has always been better than the average music snob has been willing to acknowledge. Even when he was making his living as the greatest of all Las Vegas lounge lizards, he had craft, passion, and a desire to deliver for his audience that put his peers to shame. At the age of 75, he's not only singing with all the force, power, and authority he commanded in the '60s and '70s, but he's making the best and most ambitious recordings of his career. Long Lost Suitcase is Jones' third project with producer Ethan Johns, and like 2010's Praise & Blame and 2012's Spirit in the Room, it finds Jones digging into rootsy sounds that give him a chance to indulge his passion for blues, vintage gospel, and R&B. Jones is not a singer who has ever had much use for subtlety, and he performs con brio on these tunes, but when Jones goes big, he has the wisdom to do it for dramatic effect, and if he plays the emotions strong on an acoustic take of "He Was a Friend of Mine," he sells the song with sincerity and belief -- his voice still has the muscle and clarity to let him raise the rafters when he's of a mind. Anyone who doubts Jones' abilities as a blues shouter needs only to turn up the raucous tear through "I Wish You Would" to get set straight, and Jones covers Gillian Welch ("Elvis Presley Blues"), the Rolling Stones ("Factory Girl"), and Los Lobos ("Everybody Loves a Train") while bringing something very much his own to each of them. (Welch may have sung about how Elvis "shook it like a chorus girl," but Jones has the cojones to bring that bump and grind to life.) Balancing transparency and grit with a knowing sense of proportion, Long Lost Suitcase, like the two albums that preceded it, demonstrates Jones' enduring strength as a singer as well as a powerful late-career desire to make music that matters to himself, and it's a powerful and welcome effort from one of pop's most powerful vocalists. No man who can make a record this good needs to be thought of as a guilty pleasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: S-Curve Records
UPC: 0807315500429
catalogNumber: 155004
Rank: 196701

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Jones   Primary Artist,Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Dave Bronze   Bass
Ian Jennings   Upright Bass
Ethan Johns   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Clavinet,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,chamberlain,Moog Bass,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic),Key Bass,Weissenborn,Hammond B3
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Imelda May   Vocals
Gare   Upright Bass
Fiachra Cunningham   Fiddle
Leon Mooney   Acoustic Guitar
Mark McGovern   Banjo
Leslie Jones   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Billy Boy Arnold   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Tom Jones   Arranger
David Hidalgo   Composer
Ethan Johns   Arranger,Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Gillian Welch   Composer
David Rawlings   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Ken Pattengale   Composer
Joseph Ryan   Composer
Wilhelm Grosz   Composer
John Mertis   Composer
Dom Monks   Engineer
Louis Perez   Composer
Mark Woodward   Executive Producer

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