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Tom's first collection of mostly country songs done his way,
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.