Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

"Praise and Blame" (release date: 23.07.2010)

"We wanted to the basics, to the origins, saying my voice, which is simply accompanied only by a rhythm section, and no overdubbing, no frills, no complicated fan or string parts. Instead, it came to take the whole song at a time in a session, the essence of each song, so the statement, the Spirit and ultimately simply capture the particular moment. And I would say that this is also managed, "says Tom Jones, those singing icon of Wales, which is this year seventy and just the recordings "Praise and Blame" has finished, the successor to his "24 Hours"-Album. "I'm incredibly proud of the results," he says further, "the record sounds so incredibly honest and unsophisticated. And it's an album that necessarily makes you think. "

Really extraordinary is on the album, that the one here Tom Jones again encountered the already hanging as a child in front of the radio to listen to singers like Mahalia Jackson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe; who was convinced early on of that Gospel "as rock music works precisely because there just as much happening while the lyrics have more depth," and turned the Lord's Prayer in school assemblies in a Spiritual, "because I could not sing differently. FOR me, it was a matter of course "In other words. On "Praise and Blame" one encounters a Tom Jones, who returns to his roots, to gospel, blues, traditional music and country songs, and his true nature presented in texts, in which he does not mince his words.

During the recording sessions with producer Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ray LaMontagne, Paolo Nutini, Laura Marling), in a quiet village took place in Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire called Box, succeeded Tom, really get everything out of himself: "My grandmother lived in Box earlier. She was in a Baptist church, and probably you have my new songs really liked. I simply interpreted sometimes as a good sign and concluded that I was on the right track with this record, "says Tom.

With the support of experienced musicians such as the steel players BJ Cole, Keyboard legend Booker T. Jones (from Booker T. The MGs) Chris Holland on the Hammond organ and Gillian Welsh, Alison Pierce, Dave Rawlings and Orin Waters, which contributed backing vocals, is Tom Jones again accrued to top form: it grants insight into his inner life and names things bluntly by name. Whether it around John Lee Hooker's "Burning Hell", around Bob Dylan's "What Good Am I", Jesse Mae Hemphills "Lord Help The Poor And Needy", around "Did Trouble Me" from Susan Werner or "If I Give My Soul" from Billy Joe Shaver is - Jones expresses each of these songs on his distinctive stamp and lets you sound as if they had been composed especially for him.

After he was about to clear the direction in which he with "Praise and Blame" wanted to leave, came no other producer fOr him as Ethan Johns in question: "He has this very special approach in the studio," says Tom. "It reduces everything down to the essentials in the studio, and that's what I finally had in mind."

The choice of session musicians for his studio band - consisting of Ethan (Guitar, mellotron, percussion) Jeremy Stacey (Drums) and Dave Bronze (Bass) - turned out to be absolutely right: "All felt like back in the sixties on, when I was supported in my club gigs only by a rhythm section and we have this incredibly earthy sound presented" reports Tom. "When I first recorded for Decca, I just went into the studio and all the arrangements of the songs were already; So I had no choice but to me somehow hineinzufinden. In this album the running but completely different from: We brought us each other constantly on new ideas and really worked together on the new songs, which can be heard on the LP also significantly. Everyone brought a few ideas, then we agreed on the key, and off we went - it was really great because you could feel how we moved in the same direction: We really grew during the sessions into a single unit. Moreover, none of us wore headphones: I just sang drauflos and the other played this without amplification, and if something does not work the same or we might playful, we tried not bother with overdubbing, but simply started all over again on until the song finally sat. "

Next, of course, had to be selected the songs: "It was clear from the outset that this case had to go to spiritual matters. The songs should talk to me - and hopefully to others - and they had a message to communicate, "says Tom. So distinguished "Praise and Blame" total stations travel an adolescent man to be growing up, "while he makes his thoughts, looking at things and gives his opinion." Although it is not necessarily an autobiographical album, "but there are still those moments I made which I still can learn something and see me today. "

Which songs should eventually end up on the LP, was quickly decided: "In the end, everything depended on whether the respective song inspired us personally: If we him our make song and could change him or improve ideally still, then he came on the album. I am personally a big fan of 'Why Me Lord' by Kris Kristofferson, but honestly I did not know what will want to add the original version. The same applies to 'Amazing Grace', because it already exists so many great versions that I did not feel we could go one better there. "

A song, but on which they could agree, turned out in no time a real challenge: "What the song 'Run On' relates, have both the Golden Gate Quartet and Elvis recorded fantastic versions of it, and I was not interested to take one of these two images as a template. So I knew that we had to do something very special when the song because Ever should land on the album. That's why we finally decided to take a more rocking version with a lot more pressure, which we then actually succeeded. Our version sounds much more vivid and earthy "

On Bob Dylan's "What Good Am I" of the "Oh Mercy" album from 1989 was chosen because Tom so very supportive of the lyrics was: " 'What good am I if I'm like all the rest? / If I just turn away When I see how you're dressed, / If I shut myself off so I can not hear you cry, / What good am I? ', the text reads, and how can one these words, please do not move ?! The song is just insane poignant. Mich automatically suggests this text to reflect, and hopefully it's the audience while similar. The same applies to 'Did Trouble Me'In the case, it is the line 'When I held my head too high too proud, / When I raised my voice too little too loud, / My Lord did trouble me'. Also I have done a few things in my life, for me the Almighty later has served the receipt; maybe I was too cocky or taken too much from me, and then something happens and you just think: So Okay, so I can not go on. Especially in our version is that Ethan in this case, playing banjo, where normally alternated vocals and background vocals, but here Takes the banjo, the role of the second vote and it works just perfect. "

And then has Tom also a spiritual as "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and the fierce blues sound of "Burning Hell" pre-buttoned: former he mints in a merry lament order (in which he again presents his skills as a singer demonstrated) while "Burning Hell" in its version so incredibly punchy sounds, that it must automatically think The White Stripes. continue with "Strange Things Happen Every Day" from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson "Did not It Rain" and Traditional "Is not No Grave". "You Do not Knock" and "Lord Help The Poor And Needy" He missed an almost reminiscent of punk blues painting, while an at its captivating version of "If I Give My Soul" inevitably a shiver down your spine.

Finally describes Tom Jones his new album as "food for thought: It's just genuine and sincere; a very personal record in the I bring my true being expressed. "To realize this, one must "Praise and Blame" hear only once.

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