Even though we now have an international release day every Friday, it doesn't mean that everywhere in the world gets a new album on the same day. There are time companies decide to do a slow release over numerous weeks across the globe or an album is licensed to different labels depending on the region and each decides on their own dates.
Tom Jones' latest album, Long Lost Suitcase, has been out in Britain for a couple of weeks and debuted at number 17 three weeks ago. It is the third in a trilogy that also includes Praise & Blame (2010) and Spirit in the Room (2012).
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.
Ethan, son of Rolling Stones producer Glyn Johns, is uniquely talented in his own right, as his work with Paul McCartney, Laura Marling, Kings of Leon and indeed Jones, has shown. “Right from the start, Ethan and I were on the same page,” says Jones. “We think the same. I can trust him. Before the first album, he said, ‘I hear something in you that I don’t think has been tapped before. How about we go into a studio, take some musicians, work through some songs, and just do it live, on the fly? I think some great things will happen.’”
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.
The track list with original artist listed:
- Opportunity To Cry (Willie Nelson)
- Honey, Honey (The Milk Carton Kids)
- Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) (Little Willie John)
- Bring It On Home (Willie Dixon)
- Everybody Loves A Train (Los Lobos)
- Elvis Presley Blues (Gillian Welch)
- He Was A Friend Of Mine (Dave Van Ronk)
- Factory Girl (Rolling Stones)
- I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold)
- 'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone (William Bell)
- Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do? (Hank Williams)
- Tomorrow Night (Original Song)
- Raise A Ruckus (Original Song)