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on 16 December 2008
Tom jones music has somewhat of fanatical devotion here in wales, probably the result in over 45years of writing and performing, it goes without saying even at nerely 70 he can still produce the goods, not least to say "24 hours" is very impressive even more so when compared with most of his recent 90s output, with the rather dated pop orientated hits such as "sex bomb" and the co-written "mama told me not to come" which have sunk without trace.

This album if nothing else is a major turning point, back to the upbeat funky soul songs he's become famous for, the 60's classics such as "it's unusual" and "what's new pussycat." This album even though it's fresh of the roll has some fantastic songs make no mistake about it, the best of the bunch "i'm alive" the dancy "feels like music" and "sugar daddy" ooze with passion and quality the other songs are just as fantastic as well.

Diversity on this album is a great aspect, as it combines wonderful pop sensibilities of love ballads with other more cool soul tunes, it works very well, at least i think so, tom's vocals as always are very strong and clean and i have no arguements about the production either, i am very surprised with this release as i only got to hear it by accident, a very fitting record anywhere.

Clearly anyone looking to this as a perspective buyer will probably already have a rough idea of what to expect, but this might just might be much better than you bargained for. I thoroughly recommend this as the songs on the album are easily good enough to rival a greatest hits compilation, and at this price its a steal, i don't have any criticisms really apart from probably being very annoyed if this album doesnt sell by the bucket load!

Highly recommended!
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on 22 December 2008
I've been a Tom Jones fan for many years, he's just cool. Great voice and appears to sing effortlessly. Now, I am NOT a fan of Strictly Come Dancing but I happened to be channel hopping when I found him singing on the BBC1 series ([]) and I just stopped.

Watch him sing. No effort at all. He just... sings. Amazing. I was captivated.

Finally got around to buying this album over the weekend and I sat down, earphones in, and listened to it from start to finish. It really is a great album. All the songs are good and in my opinion there isn't a duff one in there. There's a few in here which will make a 'best of' album in the future.

Watch Tom on Strictly Come Dancing (YouTube) and then buy the album here at Amazon. I went for the MP3 download. Today, I've listened to the album twice. :-)

Go Tom Go!
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Tom Jones has seemed a little lost in the last few years, trying to get down with the kids and appeal to a new, younger audience. He reached his nadir with the atrocious and somewhat embarrassing 'Mr. Jones' collaboration with Wyclef Jean. Just recently his collaborations with Jools Holland have seen him give up on this track and concetrate on what he does best - belting out catchy songs with what must be the most powerful voice in the business.

On this album Tom really comes back full circle and delivers an album that would sit quite comfortably with much of his 60's breakthrough material. And that's no bad thing, he's the best there is at the powerful ballad/soul songs, and he brings all that experience to bear on these songs. An added attraction is that Tom has co-written many of the songs, giving it a very personal feel, especially 'the road', which is basically an apology to his long suffering wife.

All in all, a real return to form for Tom, delivering a catchy set of tunes with that unique voice in fine fettle. Recommended.
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on 9 March 2009
This is a review of Tom Jones,most recent album "24 hours"it is not a professional review ,more a feeling of how I received it and what it meant to me!

It is varied in style, but there is an overall feeling of the songs from the sixties that gave Tom his notoriety, there are modern tracks too, and some of it for me is ok but not wonderful, the best modern track is the contribution from U2 called sugar daddy. But both, give a little love and the 'modern classic -if he should ever leave you remain my favourites.

The feeling I was left with was to check out Tom's back catalogue, if that be good or bad ? the choice is up to you!

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VINE VOICEon 17 February 2009
Rumoured to be influenced by the huge success of Amy Winehouse's retro sounding 'Back To Black', and perhaps also by Tom's own reacquaintance with his recently released 'This Is Tom Jones' tv series box set from Tom's 1969-71 period, '24 Hours' certainly has a retro flavour predominantly and also a rare sensitivity, certainly when compared with Tom's more recent output, because subtelty especially within some of the more downbeat tracks is a very prominant feature. Maybe this has something to do with the fact Tom has taken a hand in writing many of the tracks, and many of the songs more intimate flavour may contain themes that are especially close to Tom's heart - 'The Road' especially, written with Tom's long suffering wife in mind, appearing especially fitting. Vocally, pretty much on all the tracks Tom is in really fine form - 'We Got Love' is a surprising youthful sounding performance where you could be forgiven for thinking his vocal had been lifted from an old sixties soundtrack because it's so utterly charming, as is the r+b sounding 'Feels Like Music' which again evokes that bygone age.

However, not everything is so successful - the opening track 'I'm Alive' with a really bellowing vocal risks descending into a loud nothingness, and the U2 written track 'Sugar Daddy' seems pretty much anonymous because of a lack of a memorable tune. Maybe the album's biggest flaw is the fact that the sound on a number of the songs is so terribly compressed there's little room for them to breathe, which ultimately leads to them lacking the charm of their sixties counterparts - 'If He Should Ever Leave You' being a prime example. In this regard i think it's unfortunate Tom didn't go the whole hog to create a truly retro sound like Amy managed to do. Some of the production does lack a little in sensitivity, this seems especially true on a first listen, although after a while it is possible to become accustomed to it a little more.

However, when '24 Hours' is good it is exceedingly so, and this is especially true on some of the more downbeat songs - 'Seasons' for example, which proves a very delicate performance in all respects.

In many ways, and despite my rating not being especially high, the best of what is on '24 Hours' is essential to any fan of Tom Jones and his music, and in that regard and with the addition of it's more intimate nature, certainly deserves to exist on a far higher plateau than say, 'Reload'. '24 Hours' attains a level which Tom has rarely reached since those far off days of the sixties, but the problem exists those moments tends to happen only intermittently - too much of '24 Hours' is a little spotty. It's a substantial release, nevertheless.
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on 10 August 2009
As I am going to see Mr Jones in October I wanted to hear his new offering. On the whole I thought it was very, very good. But track 11 is one of the most awful songs he has recoreded in my view! I always enjoy listening to the C.D and think it is a good chance to hear his voice, which just seems to get better after all these years- can't wait to see him Live.
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on 1 November 2008
The album Toms needed to make since Reload playing to his strengths barnstorming soul rockers and big 60s ballads this album is retro 60s but in a great way. Apparently inspired by toms son playing him the amy winehouse back to black this is a far stronger album than ms winehouse's
Key tracks the covers Im alive the old tommy james track and Springtseens the Hitter very nearly green grass of home 'ish and the bono co write Sugar daddy but really the whole cd is solid and very listenable. Credit to the band for their playing on the cd particularly the guitar on I'm alive
If you love old style Tom buy this its his best album since the 60's
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on 8 April 2009
This was purchased for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day and from her reaction it is the best present ever!!!! As a big Tom Jones fan she was absolutely delighted with the CD and is even worried that she will wear it out as she cannot stop playing it! Can't wait for the next Tom Jones CD.
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on 13 March 2009
Tom at his best, a all round good listen and all inn the fanily enjoy listening to it. arrived in good time and with free postage, could not find cheaper any where else. very happy with exsperiance.
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on 4 December 2008
I'm playing this all the time now and finding new things with each play. Be careful not to miss the brilliant hidden track "Take Me Back To The Party" as I did first time - it's maybe my favourite track and puts the other songs in a different context once you've heard it.

Bono and The Edge wrote the song "Sugar Daddy" for Tom and it should be mentioned that they play on the track too.

As with Tom's previous CD "Tom Jones and Jools Holland" there's not a duff track to be heard on this album but favourites are the earth shattering "I'm Alive", funk saturated "Take Me Back To The Party" and "Seen That Face".
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