Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

by Tom Jones


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2003
Label: V2 Int'l
UPC: 5033197210728
catalogNumber: 102107

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
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
Adrian Hall   Engineer
Evan Rossiter   Engineer
Jim Sells   Composer

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