"Don't Let Our Dreams Die Young"
January 23 - 29, 2022
Year of Release: 1983
You've Got A Right
The One I Sing My Love Song To
This Ain't Tennessee And
She Ain't You
I've Been Rained On Too
You Are No Angel
Don't Let Our Dreams Die Young
That Old Piano
Loving Arms Of Tennessee
You Lay A Whole Lot Of Love On Me
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Take Me To The River
Roll Over Beethoven
In The Midnight Hour
Nine To Five
Let It Be
Lay Down Sally
Rock And Roll Music
For Once In My Life
Got To Get You Into My Life
Great Balls Of Fire
Honky Tonk Women
Such A Night
I Love A Rainy Night
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Tom Jones returns this week, with his 1983 Mercury release, Don't Let Our Dreams Die Young. Tom Jones has pretty much covered every music genre.
On this album, it's Country. The original album consisted 10 Country songs. For the reissue on CD, all 10 songs are here, and as extran bonuses, 19 songs
are included. You would think these 19 songs would also be Country songs, but they are not: They are 19 "oldies," covering songs from the 1950s to the 1970s.
These 19 tracks are live, from legendary US Coast to Coast TV specials, recorded in 1981, and published on CD Tom Jones' "Coast To Coast Classics." [Recall
SMDD 202 (P) 1999]
The Coast To Coast concert is a 2-CD set, 39 songs total.
The original 10 tracks brings Tom Jones to a new dimension: Country. His past songs (especially from the 1960s), had him having his own unique sound.
This can be said the same for his Country songs. He brings his own musical style to Country, and makes it his own. And, it still labels him as a gifted and
entertaining performer. He would record a series of Country albums, and Don't Let Our Dreams Die Young is one of those Tom Jones Country albums.
The first track, "You've Got A Fight" sounds more Pop than Country. Then the rest of the album does fit Country, combining a bit of Pop. And what
was heard in the 1980s Country, there were songs of mixed Pop and country, and, they did both mix well for Country music. Tom Jones' Country here is no
"The One I Sing My Love Song To," "This Ain't Tenneessee ANd She Ain't You" (a great Country song title) mix both Pop and Country well. Even the more
Pop than Country "Ive Bee Rained On Too" works well. And remembering how Country sounded in the 1980s, "You Are No Angel" fits. This is a song
that Alabama could have covered.
Next, is the title track, and it does fit the Country format well. It is similar to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "American Dream." "This Time" is also
another great "Tom Jones Country" song. "That Old Piano" gives this song as his (Tom Jones) own -- The piano solo compares to the cousins Jerry Lee Leweis
and/or Mickey Gilley. What also makes it his own, is how he sings/pronounces the word "piano" as -- "pianna." "Loving Arms Of Tennessee" is another 1980s
Country song, as it has an almost gospel country feel. ("This Old Piano" also has the almost gospel feel also.) Ending the original 10-tracks of this
album, is "You Lay A Whole Lot Of Love On Me" -- a nice, soft-Country, ballad-like.
The 19 Bonus Tracks -- Coast To Coast Classics
From his 1981 Coast To Coast Classics, 19 of the 39 songs of live recordings, Tom Jones brings his own unique style to each song. You can easily say they are quite
different than the originals. The reason why? It's TOM JONES...
|"You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"||Stevie Wonder|
|"I'm Walking"||Fats Domino|
|"Take Me To The River"||Talking Heads|
|"Roll Over Beethoven"||Chuck Berry|
|"Lady Madonna"||The Beatles|
|"In The Midnight Hour"||Wilson Pickett|
|"Nine To Five"||Dolly Parton|
|"Show Me"||Joe Tex|
|"Let It Be"||The Beatles|
|"Lay Down Sally"||Eric Clapton|
|"Rock And Roll Music"||Chuck Berry|
|"For Once In My Life"||Stevie Wonder|
|"Got To Get You Into My Life"||The Beatlesr|
|"Great Balls Of Fire"||Jerry Lee Lewis|
|"Honky Tonk Women"||Rolling Stones|
|"Such A Night"||Elvis Presley|
|"Stagger Lee"||Lloyd Price|
|"I Love A Rainy Night"||Eddie Rabbitt|
As much as Tom Jones is a great live performer, I'm sure this concert was very entertaining to see. However, with these "bonus tracks" being part of a Tom
Jones Country album, my only complaint would be, the bonus tracks would have been better if they were country bonus tracks. Did Tom Jones ever have a Country
concert? [An interesting fact: As many great songs Tom Jones had in the peak of his career (late 1960s/1970s), he never had a #1 Pop song. However, in 1977
he did reach #1 on the Country songs chart, with "Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow."
Tom Jones' Don't Let Our Dreams Die Young (original 10 tracks) is a good Country album. He brings each songs as his own, as he always has. The
Coast To Coast concert is a bonus, and it has Tom Jones is fine live performance form.
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