Tom Jones

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This material is culled from The Tom Jones Show, circa 1980 and 1981. Its fidelity therefore fluctuates and is never up to remaster quality. Jones' performances, too, are informed by era. He belts his way through passable, if a bit maudlin versions of "I Love a Rainy Night" and Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five," for example. "What's New Pussycat?" is here; "It's Not Unusual" isn't. There's also the usual jumble of pop standards, performed in Jones' typically overdone style. Highlights include "Twist and Shout," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Danny Boy," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." Jones aficionados might be interested in this set, as the performances are frozen in their 1980s time period. For the casual fan, there are plenty of well-mastered studio retrospectives covering Jones' career.

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