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Loving Arms Best of 1971-1982

Tom Jans Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B00AM81RB6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Jans- "Loving those Loving Arms" March 27, 2013
Raven Records has once again saved the obscure from fading away completely by giving Tom Jans his rightful due on this best of collection. Through the cornecopia of 70s singer/songwriters Tom Jans himself may not have shone as brightly as James Taylor, John Denver, Jackson Browne and a host of others but his talent as a songwriter equaled the best. This "Best Of" is essential for any collector of the singer/songwriter phenomenon of the 1970s. Touching briefly on his collaboration with Mimi Farina the disc then turns to his solo career with his hit song,the title track, "Loving Arms." Covered by giants like Elvis it's wonderful to finally have Toms own version in sparkling sound quality. Songs like "Free and Easy" entertain a Loggins & Messina sound while the Hank Williams infused "Out of Hand" helps this disc maintain the full scope and style of writing from the 70s. Even "Why Don't You Love Me" is reminicent of Boz Scaggs "Lowdown." The highlight of the compilation are the four tracks from Tom's Japanese only release "Champion." The piano based song "Mother's Eyes" is a loving testament to where Jans came from, "My mother's eyes are with me through the darkness..." The disc ends with a song of lost love but has Tom's optimistic attitude in "Lost in Your Eyes." His sentiment of losing his love but gaining a friend can be heard in lines like, "Your heart may hold the truth dear but you eyes can't hide the pain." Although the collection ends with "Lost in Your Eyes" the beauty of Tom Jans' songs can be felt in his song, "Once Before I Die." Tom soars like the eagle searching for truth and love and he knows he'll find it once before he dies. Now it's our turn thanks to the good folks at Raven to hear Tom Jans' songs again on this outstanding collection "Once (or twice) Before We Die." The photos, liner notes and track information completes an already worthwhile release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely lyrics and music March 23, 2013
His early music is simple, heartfelt, and sweet. The album he made with Mimi is his first, and should be judged accordingly. His later music gains in technical expertise and complexity, and some of his songs, such as "Back on My Feet Again," and "Starlight" from Dark Blonde, will make you ache. Tom Jans' music helped me through some rough times in my life. Listen to the words of "Loving Arms," they are poetry. Some of my favorite songs are not on this Best Of, but that's okay. I'm hoping, with the release of his first two albums on CD in April, that his other three albums will also be reissued.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Re-issue March 21, 2013
I came to Tom's Music rather [okay very!] late and in an indirect way. I was a big Paul Williams fan and one of my favourite songs by Paul was Tom's 'Margarita', which features on 'A Little bit of Love' [1974]. Paul wasn't someone who did many covers, so I knew Paul must rate Tom as an artist. I did some investigating and noted some familiar names linked to Tom, including Will Jennings [see Steve Winwood], Fred Tackett [see lots of people] and even guys from Toto - bit of a mixed bag. Took me back to the days I'd buy an album 'cause Russ Kunkel played drums on it.
It was hard to find Tom's stuff, but I did manage to find his 1974 album, 'Tom Jans'. Up 'til now this was all I could find [or afford as has been noted .... $300!!].
I always used to complain that artists a bit off the beaten track, like Tom, were not given the opportunity to re-connect with old fans and potentially find a new audience, with a CD release. I am constantly proved wrong and in this case I couldn't be more pleased. It's a great to have some tracks from a favourite album on CD [guess I will miss the cracks on my vinyl] and also to listen to some new stuff I have never heard before.
Information on Tom isn't extensive - I have been told there is a web site - so the sleeve notes were great. Best of repackages don't always bother. It was nice to have information mixed in with bits and pieces written about him when he was alive ... it's all new to me!!
Raven did a nice re-issue with the Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb album 'Reunion' a few years back and this is another worthy effort.
My kids always tell me I am behind the times!! If that means I can pick a 'new' artist from 1970s and 1980s like Tom c/o a 'new' CD that's fine by me!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Tom Jans on CD! April 9, 2013
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I've been waiting a long time since my old vinyls are practically worn out. But unfortunately, this CD only includes three songs from Mim Farina and Tom Jans -- his best work. Still, worth it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 5, 2013
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I had Tom Jans' album "Eyes of an Only Child" back in my college days at UF in the early '70's. I remember Tom's resonant voice as if it were yesterday. I particularly enjoyed "I've Gotta Move," and never forgot the lyrics.

I was excited to see the CD coming out. The only vinyl albums available are very expensive, as high as $300. I pre-ordered the CD.

The jewel box broke when I opened it. The CD caused my player to show "Tom Jands" when it was playing. The audio quality is lackluster and the choice of several songs is questionable. I think it could have been a much better buy for U.S. $30 if it had been remastered and if the choice of tracks had been better.

Why not re-release Tom's original albums as remastered CDs? With a little more attention to detail.
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