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Tommy James

Tommy James Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roulette
  • ASIN: B003QC3UGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reissue of overlooked LP with collectors' bonus November 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This LP, Tommy James' first solo effort, has been reissued before as part of a two-fer on James' own Aura imprint, but Rev-Ola does a fine job with this new UK release. It's a short album (about 27 minutes), so Rev-Ola adds both sides of James' subsequent single, in mono, as bonus tracks.

That single was James' version of "Church Street Soul Revival," which he and Ritchie Cordell had written and previously produced for the Exiles, backed with the original version of "Draggin' the Line," sans horns. The credits here state that both tracks "were originally released as non-LP single Roulette 7103 in 1970." Not exactly. It was Roulette 7093. After the release of "Adrienne," "Draggin' the Line" was revamped with horns added and issued as the A-side of Roulette 7103, backed with "Bits and Pieces." While both songs issued on Roulette 7093 were indeed non-LP at the time, both were included on James' subsequent LP, "Christian of the World," but there, "Draggin' the Line" has the added horns. This CD marks the first time the original version, without horns, has been reissued since it appeared on the B-side of Roulette 7093. So, collectors will appreciate its inclusion, but others will likely be misled by Rev-Ola's write-up for the CD stating that it includes the "hit single," which has the horns, while this version does not. But don't let that deter you. This is a great LP which won't disappoint even a casual fan.

The LP leads off with James' first solo single, "Ball and Chain," a superb slice of psych-pop that should have been a much bigger hit than it was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Transitional album for Tommy James August 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Tommy James' first self-titled solo album was released by Roulette in 1970 and was in print for about 15 minutes before hitting the cut-out bins, which is where I found it for 99 cents back in 1971 or thereabouts. Thanks to Rev-Ola for including musician credits. The original album contained no information whatsoever....and I mean NONE.

On to the music, which is not bad at all. Tommy had recently become a Christian, and the lyrics to a few of the tracks reflect his newfound spiritualism. As far as the *sound* of his music is concerned, it's not far removed at all from his previous releases with the Shondells. "Ball and Chain" is catchy as hell...a definite shouldabeenahit. Other standout tracks are "Meet The Comer," "Light of Day," "Come To Me," "Quicksilver," and "Draggin' The Line," which appears here as a bonus track. It's the non-hit version of the single which was eventually augmented with horns and re-issued later, hitting the top-20.

Despite the hype in the "Editorial Review" area, this is NOT on a par with the Velvet Underground's LOADED.

However, this is highly recommended to fans of Tommy James. Chances are you've missed this one.

Playing time, including bonus tracks: under 34 minutes.
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