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With "Reload+2," Tom Jones serves up an entire album of such cover tunes. While few of the tracks have that tongue-in-cheek feel of the "Kiss" song, they are all interesting interpertations of other people's hits.
"Reload+2" is even more remarkable in the fact that Jones has teamed up with a wide range of collaborators for this album, many of whom are somewhat shocking. I'd never been able to conceive of Jones performing with The Cardigans, Divine Comedy, or Barenaked Ladies, yet on "Reload+2" he does. There are 15 additional oddball team-ups, all of which have produced exceptional covers.
Stand-out tracks are "Burning Down the House" (with the Cardigans), Lust for Life (with the Pretenders), Little Green Bag (with Barenaked Ladies), She Drives Me Crazy (with Zucchero), all of which display that sense of fun that I loved about the old "Kiss" cover. "All Mine" (with Divine Comedy), "You're Right, I'm Left, She's Gone" (with James Dean Bradfield), and "Sex Bomb" (with Mousse T.) are just damn cool covers by any standard.
Finally, I recommend the import "Reload+2" over the regular album, which is simply "Reload." The +2 are live recordings of "Unbelievable" and "Come Together." Both are as fun-filled and worthwhile as the "Kiss" cover that first turned me onto Jones, and they are well worth the additional expense.
Up until this expanded version arrived, I had to make due with the RELOAD that did not have "You Need Love Like I Do (Double Click Remix)" either. Perhaps "make due" is too strong of a phrase for the tune selection, parnerships on duets and arrangements are first class. Not all are true winners, otherwise the CD would be rated 5 stars, but six of the tunes are GREAT with "Burning Down the House (with the Cardigans)," "She Drives me Crazy (with Zucchero)," "Lust for Life (with the Predenders)," "Little Green Bag (with Barenaked Ladies)" and the aforementioned "Sexbomb (with Mousse T.)
If you have ever liked Tom Jones, and are looking for a good "dynamic" CD of covers with interesting duets, this is the CD for you. Be sure to try to get the version with 19 tunes on it.
I was on a Qantas flight from Perth to Sydney last month, and they played a live concert of his on the plane. He blew me away with how much energy he still has, and how good his voice is after all these years.
Now, I'm over here in England on business and I drop into an HMV. I see this CD on sale, and I am like "what the heck, it looks interesting..."
Get it back to my friend's house here, pop the CD in and BAM!!!
Every song a winner here, folks. "Are you gonna go my way", "I'm left, you're right, she's gone", You need love like I do", all are standouts for sure.
One caveat - somebody PLEASE remix this one and get Chrissy Hynde out of "Lust for life". Tom has a strong voice, and she sounds like she's sleepwalking through the song. Tom does a bang up job on this one though - just like he does on every other song here.
Tom, you ROCK, dude!
Buy this CD, folks. Your ears will love you for it.
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Reload by Tom Jones contains a multitude of exuberant pop-rock songs and vintage songs with such melodies as Burning Down The House (feat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stella Carrier
Wasn't exactly what I expected. Still, it had a few good tracks, just not enough for a higher fatingPublished 9 months ago by Michael P. Pisoni
love the covers mr. jones did with these various singers especially the covers of lust for life with the pretenders and burning down the house with the cardigansPublished 14 months ago by Mr. D
No kidding- this is one of the best CD's I have ever heard. Jones covers bands as diverse as Fine Young Cannibals, Talking Heads and singer Van Morrison. Read morePublished 17 months ago by EclecticJay
Tom Jones does cover songs with a bunch of different artists. Some great stuff on here, some don't work quite as well as others. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Pedal Man
Been trying to find this, (since this concert was in UK) and I'm so glad I found it! I already had the Reloaded CD which was released here in U.S. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Karen S. Williams
This is an excellent album. The highlight for me is definitely I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone with Tom and James Dean Bradfield. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by The Gutless Wonder
I heard some of these songs and had to purchase the CD.I love the way Tom Jones sounds with all the other artists.So glad I purchased it..Published on March 27, 2010 by J. Emmerthal