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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting early collection
of the now legendary singer. Many of the tracks on this album look back from the sixties to earler decades as Tom does his own versions of country classics such as "Ring of Fire" and the Jim Reeves classic "He'll have to Go". From similar genre we also have Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" and Vaughn Monroe's "Ghost Riders in tyhe Sky".
All interesting and all in the...
Published on 1 Feb 2003 by J. Julian

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3.0 out of 5 stars A typically high class sound from the early days
Recorded while England were winning the World Cup, this great album from Tom's early years shows the man from the valleys in fine voice. His choice of material tends to the mellow end of the spectrum - with a hint of melancholy (Two Brothers, Green, Green Grass of Home and the James Bond strings of All I get From You..) Tom has only a few 'belters' here - such as Detroit...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A typically high class sound from the early days, 9 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Green Green Grass of Home (Audio CD)
Recorded while England were winning the World Cup, this great album from Tom's early years shows the man from the valleys in fine voice. His choice of material tends to the mellow end of the spectrum - with a hint of melancholy (Two Brothers, Green, Green Grass of Home and the James Bond strings of All I get From You..) Tom has only a few 'belters' here - such as Detroit City and the bizzare 60's language of Mohair Sam. This is Tom showing his range of emotion and expression. Its also great fun! The arrangements are hugely entertaining, as well as some of the lyrical flourishes of the day - "...For there's a guard and there's a sad old padre, on and on we walk at day break, again I'll touch, the green green grass of home." Its sad and hilarious at the same time - what more can you want!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting early collection, 1 Feb 2003
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J. Julian "thebigj" (London UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Green Green Grass of Home (Audio CD)
of the now legendary singer. Many of the tracks on this album look back from the sixties to earler decades as Tom does his own versions of country classics such as "Ring of Fire" and the Jim Reeves classic "He'll have to Go". From similar genre we also have Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" and Vaughn Monroe's "Ghost Riders in tyhe Sky".
All interesting and all in the unique, and at this stage developing, Jones style.
Green Green Grass of home is the obvious highlight but this album will be of interest to country fans as well as the Jones faithful.
A good listen and well worth the purchase price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom's first collection of mostly country songs done his way, 26 July 2011
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Green Green Grass of Home (Audio CD)
Originally released about ten or twelve years earlier, this CD was re-packaged in 2011 as a set (Along came Jones, Atomic, Green green grass of home, Delilah) as X4 Tom Jones, with each CD in its own cardboard case but no liner notes or credits beyond the actual track listings.

The music here is some way removed from the country music coming out of Nashville, then or at any other time, but the songs here are mostly covers of country songs. Three of them (the title track, Detroit city and Funny familiar forgotten feelings) became huge UK pop hits for Tom, and helped to increase awareness of country music in Britain. Tom also had a minor American hit with Sixteen tons

Some of the other songs (Riders in the sky, He'll have to go, Ring of fire, Sixteen tons, Cool water) will be familiar to older country fans (and some pop fans and younger country fans too) via other versions. At least one song here is probably not of country origin, that being My mother's eyes (an American hit for George Jessel in 1929), but it fits in well here.

The other songs include some that are obscure to say the least, but they add interest to the album. Fans of Charlie Rich may recognize Field of yellow daisies. It became a country hit for him in 1974, but I think he recorded it some years earlier. I think I've previously heard Two brothers (a country hit for Autry Inman in 1968), but I can't remember where.

This is an excellent album that showed how, with a little adaptation, country music could appeal to a much wider audience back in the sixties.
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