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Tom Jones; surprising.


I'm not at a Tom Jones concert right now, but my housing complex has the quirky acoustics which channel to me the PA of the nearby cricket ground where he's performing, right now.

And he's as dark and bluesie as anything, even with some of his hits. Weirdly similar to Nick Cave's Elvis fanship. Did not think I'd ever say that.
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:34 PM
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When I saw the title I thought you were talking about the movie starring Albert Finney:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057590/
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While I've never been a fan of his hit songs, or their arrangements, I've always thought he had a great rock-and-roll voice.
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I've seen him in concert twice. He puts on a great show.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:06 PM
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Here he is doing Trouble in Mind / Bring It On Home with Van Morrison. When the video was finished I actually stood up and applauded my computer!
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When I saw the title I thought you were talking about the movie starring Albert Finney:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057590/
I'm pretty sure that when he was first becoming known in the US, I saw him on (probably) Ed Sullivan, dressed in a puffy shirt in full Tom Jones (movie) mode.
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Years ago Martin Scorsese did a film about the blues. As a longtime fan of the blues I didnít think it was that great. Tom Jones did some blues stuff and really nailed it. Same for Lulu.
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Reading TJ's entry in Wikipedia, I came across this bit o' trivia about him singing Thunderball:

...according to Bond production legend, [Jones] fainted in the recording booth when singing the song's final note. Jones said of it, "I closed my eyes and I held the note for so long when I opened my eyes the room was spinning."

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I've done 4 or 5 shows with him and he's always knocked it out of the park. Fantastic voice; tons of presence in it.
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I've done 4 or 5 shows with him and he's always knocked it out of the park. Fantastic voice; tons of presence in it.
Do you mean you played guitar in his backup band, or were you in the warmup act?

Either way I'm impressed!

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And he's as dark and bluesie as anything, even with some of his hits. Weirdly similar to Nick Cave's Elvis fanship. Did not think I'd ever say that.
Are you aware Cave covered Tom Jones in Sleeping Annaleah? And indirectly gave him a big shoutout in quoting from Green, Green Grass of Home in Sad Waters (not a Tom Jones original, but generally considered a Tom song). Not so strange a connection, really.

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Do you mean you played guitar in his backup band, or were you in the warmup act?
IIRC, Bo's an A/V guy, isn't he?
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Sir Tom's gotten especially gravelly in his old age but is still a powerhouse, so the rock/gospel-y side of blues suits his voice to a T. Bam-a-lam!
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Doctor: The tests came back, you've got Tom Jones disease.
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Tom showed incredible kindness to the son of his old friend Lonnie Donegan . Tom & Lonnie toured together in the late 1960's. Lonnie gave Tom his song I'll Never Love Again to record. Tom had #1 hit with it.

Lonnie died in 2002. His son Peter was on the UK Voice a few months ago. Tom immediately offered to sing that song with him. A dream come true for Peter and the Donegan family.

Peter's Coments
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Tom & Peter singing together. The band didn't know the song. Peter played accompaniment on piano and sang.
https://youtu.be/bS5z-Nr3QhQ

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And he's as dark and bluesie as anything, even with some of his hits. Weirdly similar to Nick Cave's Elvis fanship. Did not think I'd ever say that.
This reminds me of Ray Charles in a way. Even when singing something that wasn't really blues, like "That Lucky Old Sun", the blues were in every note he sang.



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Here he is doing Trouble in Mind / Bring It On Home with Van Morrison. When the video was finished I actually stood up and applauded my computer!
I was going to post that link since it's one of my favorite Van Morrison clips (he actually smiles!)

But since you beat me, I'll contribute this clip of Jones singing Tennessee Waltz with the Chieftans. It's not blues or rock, but I found it eye opening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL7UT7bazGQ
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Do you mean you played guitar in his backup band, or were you in the warmup act?

Either way I'm impressed!
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IIRC, Bo's an A/V guy, isn't he?
Hey! You tryiní to start something?!?

Donít piss off the lighting guy!

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No insult intended.

Who's the Doper who films concerts, though? I know we have one.
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Old 07-16-2019, 03:48 AM
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I'm not at a Tom Jones concert right now, but my housing complex has the quirky acoustics which channel to me the PA of the nearby cricket ground where he's performing, right now.

And he's as dark and bluesie as anything, even with some of his hits. Weirdly similar to Nick Cave's Elvis fanship. Did not think I'd ever say that.
Reading your OP, I was thinking 'hang on, he was here in Bristol the other night playing at the County Ground.' And hey presto, you're in Bristol too!
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His last 3 albums have all been in a pretty rootsy style, with a lot of gospel, blues, folk and country songs. They're all very good albums, probably my favourite ones he's done.
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No insult intended.

Who's the Doper who films concerts, though? I know we have one.
That would be Gaffa.
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No insult intended.
No worries; “Don’t piss off the lighting guy” is kind of a saying in the business. We usually mean it somewhat humorously.

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Reading your OP, I was thinking 'hang on, he was here in Bristol the other night playing at the County Ground.' And hey presto, you're in Bristol too!
Yep, I live in one of those overpriced flats on Ashley Down. The whole area was like a Tom Jones festival for the evening, which was really nice (though I feel especially slender and untanned in comparison to his devotees..).

And thanks MrDibble, upthread, for the Nick Cave factoids.
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Tom Jones is my mom's favorite singer. She would always be gushing about how much she loved "Tom Baby" when I was growing up, which obviously stamped him in my mind as music for old people. So it was beyond bizarre when I was in college and he was being pushed to people my age. I can't say that I wound up becoming a fan, but I have to admit that "If I Only Knew" was actually kind of catchy. Heck, I can still remember the hook all these years later.
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Tom Jones is my mom's favorite singer. She would always be gushing about how much she loved "Tom Baby" when I was growing up, which obviously stamped him in my mind as music for old people. So it was beyond bizarre when I was in college and he was being pushed to people my age. I can't say that I wound up becoming a fan, but I have to admit that "If I Only Knew" was actually kind of catchy. Heck, I can still remember the hook all these years later.
That whole album, The Lead and How to Swing It, is pretty good. 4 of the 11 tracks are excellent, IMO:

If I Only Knew
A Girl Like You
Something For Your Head
I Don't Think So

Flood, the producer, did a helluva job. For good '90s soul/crooner fun, play the album back to back with Barry White's The Icon Is Love.
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:38 AM
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Flood, the producer, did a helluva job.
Hey, did you know Flood also produced the first couple of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds albums on the Mute label...

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