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Tom Jones – Long Lost Suitcase

Album Review

Another inspired exploration of a certain Pontypridd record collection.

If all the different versions of Tom Jones that we’ve known over the last half-century were to meet, you have to wonder if they’d recognise each other. You figure the early R&B fan would know the later countrified performer, and the It’s Not Unusual swinger would recognise the subsequent Vegas incarnation. But it feels like the talent show judge in that silly revolving chair might not have much in common with the fella who keeps coming through as the essence of ol’ Tom: the one who keeps making these remarkable, stripped-back album statements with producer Ethan Johns.

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