Musings on the byways of popular culture
07/06/2020 by dai 27 Comments
Always worth another watch
Blue Boy says
07/06/2020 at 15:35
I remember he played the concert hall I worked at, I guess in the early 90s. To me he was a 60s TV singer and Vegas showbiz artist; fine so far as it it went but not really my thing.
Wrong. He was incredible. Shit hot band, and an amazing voice and presence. And some great and not obvious song choices – major kudos for doing amongst other things a Ry Cooder song and for the inevitable Beatles song not being one of the obvious choices, but Come Together. Also a throughly decent bloke when I (briefly) said hello. Had a lot of time for him ever since. ‘Praise and Blame’ is a great album too, by the way.
07/06/2020 at 16:00
Saw him 2011 when he was a mere 71. Was a perfect set, from memory, starting with the 60s stuff, then the Praise and Blame material followed by the 80s, 90s hits.
07/06/2020 at 18:10
I wish him well and I admire his professionalism.
However, I own 4 songs by Tom Jones.
“What’s New Pussycat?” on a compilation, two songs from that Decca Scene series (one Northern and one Mod … oh yeah?), and “Thunderball” on the original John Barry soundtrack … and I’m ONLY in the market for stuff from the mid-50s to the end of the 60s!
If he was a woman he’d be Lulu, and if Lulu was a man she’d be Tom Jones.
You never see them in the same room together, do you …
07/06/2020 at 18:55
He took the non-songwriting light entertainment/Vegas road almost immediately that lasted well into the 80s (at least). Did manage to come back and become massively successful chartwise much later in his career (unlike Lulu) and as @Blue-Boy mentions Praise and Blame was a great album illustrating how his career could have gone a hipper more critic friendly way had he chosen to do so.
07/06/2020 at 19:36
He’s a great singer but he murders that song. Not in a good way.
07/06/2020 at 20:42
I think it’s great, it is obviously a different way to interpret it, but Crosby and Nash seem to be enjoying it and it eggs Stills on to try and compete. Just a lot of fun.
07/06/2020 at 21:01
Yes I suspect Stills knew he was going to lose there.
Vulpes Vulpes says
08/06/2020 at 13:59
Didn’t stop him trying the first couple of times though! Bless.
Great to see Greg Reeves on bass there, a dude before he could shave.
08/06/2020 at 10:51
Not all Crosby’s been enjoying by the looks of things.
07/06/2020 at 19:47
Love a bit of Tom (not that bit!). He is a shameless name dropper but somehow still loveable. I’ve been addicted to the Tiny Desk series of late and Tom does a great little set.
08/06/2020 at 11:12
08/06/2020 at 14:09
World class, an astonishing natural talent. He ruled the field when they did Glastonbury a few years back in what has now become the “legend” slot. All my mates thought they’d be naff, but I knew better, they had the place rocking within 30 seconds and it didn’t let up until the roar for the encore number, which was of course, not an unusual choice.
08/06/2020 at 09:52
Any excuse to post this again…… from a few years ago at the Proms which features a sublime version of Dock Of The Bay from Tom Jones and Steve Cropper (with a little help from Booker T).
08/06/2020 at 10:54
Found that very unsettling – first few bars, he’s all over the place.
08/06/2020 at 11:34
A fine singer and a convivial man by all accounts.
He murdered Prince’s ‘Kiss’ though. Stripped away all its featherlight funk and steamrollered the bloody thing.
09/06/2020 at 01:17
Think that was more The Art Of Noise’s fault.
08/06/2020 at 10:16
We saw him in Vegas about 15 years ago and thought he was great. Also surprised to find that he didn’t seem to didn’t seem to take himself too seriously.
I still enjoy listening to the boy from the valleys!
chilli ray virus says
08/06/2020 at 12:14
Here he is in the very early days singing a pretty ordinary song, but showing his bluesy chops and hinting at what could have been if he had gone for different material ( a welsh Van maybe).
09/06/2020 at 01:20
Wales’ greatest ever guitarist, Micky Gee there on Lead. He was still around for Its Not Unusual. He also played on Dave Edmunds’I Hear You Knocking and Shaky’s early 80s hits. So No1s in the 60s, 70s and 80s and yet hardly known.
08/06/2020 at 13:34
I came across a copy of his 1966 “From The Heart” album by accident, part of a job lot left over from a raffle. Gave it to my mum unplayed, and wanted it back as soon as she put it on. Yes, there’s some schmaltz but there’s some stonking tracks too including a blasting versions of Kansas City and You Came A Long Way From St Louis.
Saw him in concert in the 90’s at the Hollwood Bowl. As has been said above – tight band, and a diverse set – he encored with “Long Way from Home” from the Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughan album “Brothers”. And a lot of women bellowing “take it off”.
08/06/2020 at 15:55
Triple cheese here, but what tasty cheese it is.
08/06/2020 at 16:12
And today is Nancy Sinatra’s 80th birthday.
08/06/2020 at 21:35
Billybob Dylan says
08/06/2020 at 19:22
What the hell’s going on here?
08/06/2020 at 21:49
According to Gideon Coe, it’s also Mick Box’s birthday, Mick Hucknall’s, Bonnie Tyler’s, look you, and Boz Scaggs’ (Scaggs’s?)
09/06/2020 at 05:19
A friend of mine was holidaying in the US back in the mid 80s with her newly beloved. They saw Tom in concert in LA. Some post-show friskiness took place back in the hotel room, and nine months later to the day their first born arrived in the world.
Now, I’m not saying Tom had anything to do with it, but a poster for that show is framed on their wall.
Kid Dynamite says
09/06/2020 at 09:20
Not your regular concert clip, but respect to Tom, and anyone who can continue their career after this sort of thing happens onstage
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