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3.5 out of 5 stars

on 4 November 2012
I must say when I first received this box set of Tom Jones, I was delighted that these albums have been made available, but agree with one of the other reviewers about the poor standards of packaging. However, the transfers are pretty well done and catches Tom as he was in the sixties - and my goodness, he was on fire. The previous review about silly violins and arrangements; don't touch this set is merely stupidity. The sixties were famous for the brilliant arrangements by conductors and often made a rotten song into something memorable. I think it's pretty good value and a welcome additon to any music library from an era when music was live and not synthesized.
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on 27 November 2010
A 4 cd collection comprising of four original albums Atomic Jones,Green Green Grass of Home,Delilah and Along came Jones (unavailable outside this set)
Being an avid fan of Tom Jones early material this set gives a fantastic collection of Rock,Ballads,Country&Western and Standards as well as a few top ten hits.
The sound is of exceptional quality bringing out the raw Jones vocal talent.
The only downside is the poor packaging,four cardboard sleeves encased in a fliptop cardboard box, but don't let this put you off buying this must have collection.
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on 21 April 2012
Having waited years for these original albums from the 60s to be available on CD once again, I am more than disappointed by the poor quality of this 4 disc set. I am astonished to see Universal/Decca release this set with insufficient thought and care. An artist as popular and revered as Tom Jones, whose career spans no less than five decades, deserves a better treatment.

The box comprises the albums "Along Came Jones" (1965), "A-Tom-Ic Jones (1966), "Green, Green Grass of Home" (1967) and "Delilah" (1968). For some reason, Universal has chosen to ignore the chronological sequence of the singer's 60s catalogue (UK releases) and omitted "From the Heart" (1966) and "13 Smash Hits" (1967). Despite what the title of the latter suggests, it is not a compilation album.

The packaging of this 2010 set is appalling. The CDs are stuck in cardboard sleeves with a poor reproduction of the front covers of the original LPs and that's about all! Oh, excuse me; you do get the titles of the songs on the back of the sleeves! No booklet, no liner notes, no mention of sound restoration/remastering, no photos from the back covers of the original LPs, and last but not least, no bonus tracks except for "A-Tom-Ic Jones", which carries the same six extra tracks that fist appeared in the late 80s or early 90s when this album was released on CD.

It is a shame this is what Universal/Decca comes up with after all these years. The music Tom recorded in the 60s was arguably his best. The man was on fire and his voice was in top form. Volume, tone and timbre - The Voice is endowed with all three, and there's nowhere better to relish those qualities than the recordings he made in the 60s. I hope Universal will reconsider its approach to Jones' back catalogue and do justice to one of the greatest singers loved by millions around the world.
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on 12 February 2012
Ok some of the songs are a bit forgettable,but as a Tom fan it is always a pleasure to hear him sing.If you love his voice,you'll love this box set!!!
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on 5 December 2010
Like the former reviewer said , good idea to make available the first four Tom Jones albums again . But only "Atomic Jones" has 6 very good period bonus tracks , "Along came Jones" and the 2 other ones have nothing extra ... Shame, because there are a handful of very good "b" sides which could have been included ... I think of "To wait for love" (b side of "Unusual"),or "Things I wanna do" (b side of "I'll never fall in love again").
Once again,it's obviously the work of thoughless people who don't know what they're doing,or what the fans want ... Like I said, a missed opportunity !
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on 13 May 2011
someone has thought to reprint in box some Tom Jones records from the 60's. it hasn't been a great idea. Tom had (and has now again) a great voice, but his repertoire at that time has grown too old, now: these songs are now almost unlistenable, full of stupid violins and silly arrangements. in my opinion, keep away.
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