Tom Jones

Love Songs & Ballads

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Tom Jones' LOVE SONGS AND BALLADS isn't as low-key as the title might imply--his robust versions of "Can't Buy Me Love," "Givin' It Up for Your Love," and "Middle Aged Crazy" border on manic in places--but it's a well-chosen collection with a handful of surprises. Interestingly, it's those surprises that provide some of the most satisfying moments on this collection.

Few would likely guess that Jones would be capable of a sensitive, subtle rendition of "Send in the Clowns" that actually reduces the potential mawkishness of Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, or that his version of the traditional "Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)" would be similarly restrained. LOVE SONGS AND BALLADS shows that there's more to Tom Jones than popular wisdom suggests.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:39
2 3:58
3 3:19
4 2:08
5 2:47
6 2:45
7 1:59
8 2:47
9 1:59
10 2:59
11 2:30
12 2:34
13
3:05
14 3:29
15 3:02
16 3:08
17 2:41
18 2:32
19 2:25
20 2:58
21 3:25
22 2:47
23 2:11
24 2:54
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