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Tom Jones Premieres Video for "Elvis Presley Blues" with NPR Music

Tom Jones Premieres Video For
"Elvis Presley Blues" with NPR Music

New Ethan Johns-Produced Album Long Lost Suitcase out December 4 on S-Curve Records

Companion Album To His New Autobiography
"Over The Top And Back" Features Interpretations of The Rolling Stones, The Milk Carton Kids, Willie Nelson and Many More
 

On December 4, the legendary performer Tom Jones will release a new album Long Lost Suitcase on S-Curve Records. The thirteen-song collection produced by multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns keys into Jones’ long and eventful life, and draws performances of consummate maturity and pulsating vitality. The album's first single "Elvis Presley Blues," originally penned by Gillian Welch, is now available for purchase via iTunes.

Today, NPR Music premiered the video for "Elvis Presley Blues" and called it "...a hell of a tribute." NPR Music's Kate Drozynski says "Tom Jones' voice feels as powerful now at age 75 as it did 50 years ago belting his big hit 'It's Not Unusual.' His cover of 'Elvis Presley Blues' is mournful, more personal than Welch's beautiful, folky original."

Watch the video here:
http://www.npr.org/event/music/454702988/first-watch-tom-jones-elvis-presley-blues

“To me the song is a celebration of Elvis Presley, a celebration of his life. I wanted to show that," says Jones about recording the song, which was originally written by Gillian Welch. "I wanted to let the people know how much I felt about Elvis - that he did change music. So I thought if we can capture it, that would be a hell of a tribute. I played it to Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, who was one of the 'Memphis Mafia.' They both thought it was a great tribute to Elvis."

Long Lost Suitcase was mostly recorded at The Distillery, a little known studio facility in Wiltshire built by Sam Dyson, son of inventor James Dyson. Some of the players are familiar from Jones' previous albums, including drummer Jeremy Stacey (who also plays in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds), bassist Dave Bronze, and of course Ethan, who plays guitar or keyboards on most tracks. New to the team was Andy Fairweather Low, a fellow Welshman and peer of Tom’s from the early ’60s R&B scene, who started out in The Amen Corner, and later proved his guitar mastery on tours with Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.

The result is a powerful collection of thirteen newly-recorded songs that include the Celtic hoedown "Honey, Honey" by The Milk Carton Kids, the rollicking R&B tune "I Wish You Would" originally by Billy Boy Arnold and made famous the Yardbirds, a stripped-down version of Willie Nelson's "Opportunity To Cry" and many more.

As the album went along, Tom would remark that each song felt as if it was written about his own experiences, at a given point in his life. Jones recalls “Ethan said, ‘It’s like a bloody autobiography,' and I said, ‘Well, funny you should say that, because I’m actually working on one at the moment”.

Jones had signed up for his first-ever autobiography with Michael Joseph/Penguin, and from that conversation onwards, the two projects became inextricably entwined. As he spent hours recounting his life story – his upbringing in post-War Pontypridd, his dose of TB aged 12, his first gigs in working men’s clubs, his five decades as an international star – it inevitably called to mind songs which evoked key events and emotional upheavals described therein. Soon, all concerned began to regard the album as a kind of soundtrack to the book – and to Tom’s life. “We tried to make every song important,” says Tom.

Released as a companion soundtrack to coincide with the publication of "Over The Top And Back: The Autobiography," Long Lost Suitcase finds Tom letting rip on the kind of R&B and early rock & roll classics which originally fired his passion to sing some sixty years ago. If anyone has the right, the authority and indeed the equipment to tackle such material in 2015, it is surely the irrepressible Sir Tom Jones.

Track List:

1) Opportunity To Cry (Willie Nelson)
2) Honey, Honey (The Milk Carton Kids)
3) Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) (Little Willie John)
4) Bring It On Home (Willie Dixon)
5) Everybody Loves A Train (Los Lobos)
6) Elvis Presley Blues (Gillian Welch)
7) He Was A Friend Of Mine (Dave Van Ronk)
8) Factory Girl (Rolling Stones)
9) I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold)
10) 'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone (William Bell)
11) Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do? (Hank Williams)
12) Tomorrow Night (Original Song)
13) Raise A Ruckus (Original Song)
- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

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