Thursday, February 14, 2013

Is it Unusual? Tom Jones Signs to Rounder Records

On its Facebook page, Rounder Records of Burlington, MA (a subsidiary of Concord Music Group) has announced the signing of 60's pop icon
Tom Jones.

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We are excited to announce the signing of legendary artist Tom Jones to our roster! His new album 'Spirit In The Room' is set for release on April 23. The record has been called “a beautiful album of great songs performed with taste and sung with tender resonance by one of the most distinctive voices of British popular music.”

The Rounder press release:


February 14, 2013 by nickshields
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Rounder Records has signed legendary singer Tom Jones, whose remarkable career is now in its sixth decade. On April 23, the label will release Spirit In The Room, the latest recording by the iconic artist.
“Tom Jones possesses one of the most memorable and distinctive voices in pop music, and has one of the most storied careers in entertainment. We’re thrilled that he’s chosen to make his home with us at Rounder, and we look forward to working with him on this wonderful project,” said John Virant, President of Rounder.
The album is a “potent collection” (Mojo) of songs by an eclectic group of composers that includes Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Blind Willie Johnson, Paul McCartney, Odetta, Paul Simon, Richard Thompson, and Tom Waits, as well an original composition penned by Jones and producer Ethan Johns.
Like its predecessor, 2010’s universally lauded Praise & BlameSpirit in the Room has drawn raves from critics: Mojo proclaimed “The grain and gravitas of Jones’ voice is perfectly suited to the diverse material,” while the Sunday Times called it “simply stunning.” The Telegraphpraised the “beautiful album of great songs performed with taste and sung with tender resonance by one of the most distinctive voices of British popular music,” and the Daily Mailenthused “Jones raises his game and lowers his guard…magnificent.”
The album reunites Jones with producer Ethan Johns, who was at the helm for Jones’ acclaimed Praise & Blame. The album was recorded live at Real World Studios in Bath, and beautifully captures the intimacy and immediacy of the live performances. In addition to producer/multi-instrumentalist Johns, the band features Richard Causon on piano and vintage keyboards, Ian Jennings and Sam Dixon on bass, and drummer Stella Mozgawa.
Jones is planning to tour the United States in April and May. Dates will be announced shortly.
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Tom Jones Spirit In The Room Track Listing:
  1. Tower of Song (Leonard Cohen)
  2. Bad As Me (Kathleen Brennan/Tom Waits)
  3. Travelling Blues (Ethan Johns/Tom Jones)
  4. All Blues Hail Mary (Joe Henry)
  5. Lone Pilgrim (Adger M. Pace/B.F. White)
  6. Hit Or Miss (Odetta Felious Gordon)
  7. Dimming Of The Day (Richard Thompson)
  8. (I Want To) Come Home (Paul McCartney)
  9. Love And Blessings (Paul Simon)
  10. Soul Of A Man (Blind Willie Johnson)
  11. Just Dropped In (Mickey Newbury)
  12. Charlie Darwin (The Low Anthem)
  13. When The Deal Goes Down (Bob Dylan)


Is this unusual? You tell me.

Jones has had "Decline and resurgence" before, and his gospel-influenced Praise & Blame, "...the 39th studio album by Welsh musician Tom Jones, released 26 July 2010.[2] The album was Jones’ first release with Island Records and was recorded in 2009 at the Real World Studios in England. Produced by Ethan JohnsPraise & Blame was made up of largely little known devotional and gospel covers, marking a departure from the pop-orientated style that had dominated Jones' recent recordings..." did send him into a new direction.

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