Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tom Jones: Smash Hits (198?)

Starring: Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick

More info: Amazon

Plot: Tom Jones sings his hits in this TV special featuring sequined jackets in every color and sexy moves leaving not a single dry seat in the house.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I LOVE Tom Jones.  He's one helluva singer and he can belt 'em out like nobody else.  He's such a comfortable performer in the way he effortlessly sings and moves.  Anyway, this DVD gives you the following songs (for laughs I've included what color of sequined jacket he wears):

1. Green Green Grass of Home (blue)
2. Daughter of Darkness (black)
3. Delilah (green)
4. Georgia On My Mind (no jacket, hahaha)
5. I Can't Stop Loving You (still no jacket)
6. She's a Lady (red)
7. Love Me Tonight (dressed like real estate salesman)
8. Spanish Eyes (red)
9. What's New Pussycat? (black)
10. You Are the Sunshine of My Life (green)
11. He Stopped Loving Her Today (green)
12. Endless Love (Theme from) duet with Dionne Warwick (blue sports jacket)
13. Unchained Melody (no jacket)

The man sure loves his sequined jackets.  Naturally, Tom Jones is great.  My only real issue is these arrangements (the music as arranged for the band/orchestra) aren't the same as the original recordings we all know and love.  They're cheaper as if dumbed down for a cheap TV variety show with fewer performers.  There's even a synthesizer playing some parts reserved for other instruments.  The result feels cheap.  I've searched and searched and I can't find any information as to when this was filmed.  It had to be made after 1981 as that's when Endless Love was first recorded by Lionel Richie (who wrote the tune) and Diana Ross.  The Tango Entertainment DVD runs 37 minutes and features 13 songs (not 12 as is listed on the DVD and the menu!).  It also comes with trailers for MIKE HAMMER, CRACKER, ZULU DAWN, WILD GEESE, 1st & TEN seasons 1 & 2, AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW and DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET.

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