Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas

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Live in Las Vegas
Live album by Tom Jones
Released November 1969
Recorded Summer, 1969, in Las Vegas, Nevada
Length 44:07
Label Parrot Records
Producer Peter Sullivan

Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas is a live album recorded at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada during the summer of 1969, and released in November 1969.

Performed and recorded during one of the peaks of his popularity, due to his TV series, This is Tom Jones (from 1969 to 1971)[1] and several hit singles in the late 1960s ("It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat?", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "Love Me Tonight"),[2] Tom Jones and his accompanying band, led by Johnnie Spence, gave a tight and highly energetic performance. Jones' band featured some of the top studio musicians of the day, including Big Jim Sullivan on guitar and Chris Slade (The Firm, AC/DC) on drums. Jones acknowledged these musicians to the audience at the beginning of the sixth track, "Danny Boy" - stating "I brought with me from England three of the finest musicians that we have there...on drums, we have Chris, on bass, we have John, and on lead guitar, we have Jimmy." Typically a harsh critic of inferior music, Buddy Rich, on The Mike Douglas Show in 1971, stated "The band that plays behind Tom Jones is one of the great bands of all time."[3]

Jones' powerful vocals are matched with unique horn and big band arrangements, tackling several styles and genres of music: fast rock ("Turn On Your Love Light", "Love Me Tonight"), big band & jazz in 6/8 time signature ("Bright Lights and You Girl", "Delilah"), blues ("I Can't Stop Loving You"), pop ("It's Not Unusual"), and Beatles covers ("Yesterday", "Hey Jude").

The last track on Side 1, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", is a studio recording with applause overdubbed in the studio.[4]

This record was another bonus to Jones' career, peaking at #2 in the UK and #3 in the US. It remains his highest charting album in The United States.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Turn On Your Love Light"
2:10
2."Bright Lights and You Girl"
  • Shepard
2:27
3."I Can't Stop Loving You"3:40
4."Hard to Handle"2:24
5."Delilah"3:25
6."Danny Boy"4:13
7."I'll Never Fall in Love Again"
4:15
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."Help Yourself"
  • Carlo Donida
  • Jack Fishman
2:25
9."Yesterday"3:20
10."Hey Jude"
  • John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
3:43
11."Love Me Tonight"
  • Barry Mason
  • Daniele Pace
  • Lorenzo Pilat
  • Mario Panzeri
2:56
12."It's Not Unusual"
2:28
13."Twist and Shout"6:41

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Is Tom Jones". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  2. ^ "Tom Jones – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Buddy Rich slams Country Music – Mike Douglas Show 1971". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  4. ^ "Live in Las Vegas". Amazon. January 5, 1999. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "tom+jones+live+in+las+vegas – full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Who WAS that bass player?". TalkBass.com. Retrieved 2017-03-11.