First of all, let me state that I am not a fan of Tom Jones. I am a fan of good voices, and good music. Both are present in abundance here.
After reading rave reviews of the "TOM JONES & JOOLS HOLLAND" CD, I took a chance, ordered it from Amazon, and have been listening to it repeatedly since. Please, give yourself a gift, buy that one also. This led me to order the "LIVE FROM CARDIFF CASTLE" DVD from Amazon ; the song titles forebode well. I was not disapointed. Another great gift to give yourself.
During the DVD, Mr. Jones explains that some, most, of the songs he is about to perform come from, a then recent CD, "RELOAD". The performances on the DVD are so great, I had to order the CD (yes from Amazon). Here is where I got a surprise : the songs on the CD have perceptively more punch than on the DVD. Usualy I find that shows on DVD give more of an edge to the songs, I guess the presence of the audience does this. In this case, the fact that the songs are recorded in duos with performers not normaly associated with him, gave Tom Jones the little extra energy needed to acheive the sublime.
The CD is a pure pleasure to listen to, from the first to the last song. More so with this european version that has remixes not available on the North-American one. So, give yourself a treat, purchase it (from Amazon of course).Tom Jones and Jools HollandTom Jones - Live At Cardiff Castle [DVD] [2002