Tom Jones

Live at Caesar's Palace

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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny

For many acts, the casino circuit is the kiss of death creatively, but in the case of Tom Jones the exact opposite is true -- amidst the neon lights, craps tables, and slot machines, he's at the top of his game, feeding on the energy and excitement to command the stage with a power and eroticism that are virtually unmatched. Recorded in Las Vegas in the spring of 1971, Live at Caesar's Palace -- his tenth and final gold record -- captures Jones at his bawdy best, offering a compelling mix of hits and covers while still managing to make time with the ladies between songs; riding high on the recent success of "She's a Lady," he also samples smashes like "It's Not Unusual" and "Delilah" in addition to a vast range of material spanning from "Soul Man" to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" to "My Way." The between-song stage patter is priceless as well -- for fans, this is an essential set.

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