TOM JONES

This Is Tom Jones: Rock’n’Roll Leg­ends Time Life

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Aside from Top of the Pops and Top Gear, in the late 1960s and early 1970s there were few Bri­tish TV shows show­ing half­way de­cent rock, pop or soul mu­sic. Stars such as Cilla Black, Dusty Spring­field and Lulu had a cer­tain re­mit in their re­spec­tive se­ries, but mostly the con­tent was hide­bound by the word “variety”. Tom Jones was one such star with au­di­ence-pulling power, but this com­pi­la­tion of his hit 1969-1971 UK se­ries (with strong US in­put) strikes a far bet­ter bal­ance be­tween em­bar­rass­ment (Peter Sell­ers’s comic rou­tines) and in­vig­o­rat­ing (duets with the likes of Janis Jo­plin, Aretha Franklin and Lit­tle Richard).

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