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Surrounded By Time

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Surrounded by Time is Tom Jones' 42nd album, his first since the passing of wife Linda in 2016. Since 1965, the Welsh vocalist, possessed of a singular booming baritone, has sung almost every form of popular music of all stripes. This is Jones' fourth album with producer Ethan Johns, and includes his manager/son Mark Woodward as co-producer. Surrounded by Time differs from Jones' previous outings with Johns, which were rooted in Americana sources. The set opens with a sparsely orchestrated reinvention of Bernice Johnson Reagon's activist classic "I Won't Crumble with You If You Fall." Jones performs the lyric like a gospel preacher atop Neil Cowley's and Johns' layered Moogs, Nick Pini's arco bass, and Dan See's mallets. He follows with a glorious version of Michel Legrand's "The Windmills of Your Mind." His delivery is at once dramatic and resonant, balancing reverie, desire, and pathos, while draped in post-electro sequencers, organ, Moog, and brooding rhythms. Jones chose Cat Stevens' "Pop Star" because it reminded him of his first brush with fame. Johns paints the jagged arrangement with Chamberlins, Mellotrons, DFAM, sitar, and acoustic guitars, providing urgency alongside the singer's joy. Jones offers Malvina Reynolds' topical folk gem "No Hole in My Head" as organ-drenched psychedelic rock, complete with droning tambouras and electric guitars. His take of Michael Kiwanuka's "I Won't Lie" is colored by airy synths, acoustic guitars, bird calls, and satellite sounds. Jones' delivery is uncharacteristically tender, intimate, even vulnerable. The singer renders Mike Scott's "This Is the Sea" with the passionate authority of a blues singer. Acoustic guitars and organ simmer and soar alongside his roaring vocal as the rhythm section (barely) tethers them to earth. The singer reads Bob Dylan's foreboding "One More Cup of Coffee" through the mistakes of his youth. Amid the slurry instrumental swirl, a plodding upright bass exhorts Jones to face his darkness. He surrenders, offering the line "One more cup of coffee before I go/To the valley below" with chilling intensity. Organs, synth pads, Moogs, and guitars paint a spaghetti western backdrop as Jones goes deep on Tony Joe White's "Ol' Mother Earth." He delivers it as a solemn elegy for the planet. Composer Bobby Cole presented Jones with "I'm Growing Old" when the singer was 35; feeling he was too young to sing it then, he promised to cut it when he turned 80. Ambient sonics and disembodied voices float by, then vanish as Jones begins a desolate croon, accompanied only by Cowley's haunted piano. Jones chose Terry Callier's "Lazarus Man" as a set closer. After a spacey electronic intro, silvery guitars, droning bass, Rhodes piano, and thundering drums offer a sonic maelstrom in blues, spiritual soul, and rock. Jones embraces it all, passionately affirming the lyric as a manifesto for whatever time remains to him. Surrounded by Time is magnificent -- it's redolent with wisdom and a raging lust for life that is free of camp. It offers abundant proof that despite the passing of years, Jones has lost none his power or swagger.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall
00:03:16

Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernice Johnson Reagon, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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2
The Windmills Of Your Mind
00:04:43

Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michel Legrand, Composer - Marilyn Bergman, Author - Alan Bergman, Author - Ethan Johns, Producer, Percussion, Synthesizer, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

3
Pop Star
00:04:00

Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Synthesizer, Sitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, ComposerLyricist - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

4
No Hole In My Head
00:04:08

Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Synthesizer, Sitar, Tabla, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Malvina Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Red Window Limited

5
Talking Reality Television Blues
00:06:29

Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Daniel Snider, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

6
I Won’t Lie
00:04:28

Paul Butler, ComposerLyricist - Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, ComposerLyricist - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

7
This Is The Sea
00:07:11

Mike Scott, ComposerLyricist - Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

8
One More Cup Of Coffee
00:03:45

Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, Synth Pads - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

9
Samson And Delilah
00:05:06

Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ethan Johns, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, Sitar, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Cowley, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Woodward, ComposerLyricist - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

10
Ol' Mother Earth
00:05:16

Tony Joe White, ComposerLyricist - Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Percussion, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

11
I’m Growing Old
00:04:14

Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Cole, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

12
Lazarus Man
00:09:07

Terry Callier, ComposerLyricist - Tom Jones, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Johns, Producer, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Cowley, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Dom Monks, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Pini, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dan See, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Callum Marinho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Red Window Limited

Album Description

Surrounded by Time is Tom Jones' 42nd album, his first since the passing of wife Linda in 2016. Since 1965, the Welsh vocalist, possessed of a singular booming baritone, has sung almost every form of popular music of all stripes. This is Jones' fourth album with producer Ethan Johns, and includes his manager/son Mark Woodward as co-producer. Surrounded by Time differs from Jones' previous outings with Johns, which were rooted in Americana sources. The set opens with a sparsely orchestrated reinvention of Bernice Johnson Reagon's activist classic "I Won't Crumble with You If You Fall." Jones performs the lyric like a gospel preacher atop Neil Cowley's and Johns' layered Moogs, Nick Pini's arco bass, and Dan See's mallets. He follows with a glorious version of Michel Legrand's "The Windmills of Your Mind." His delivery is at once dramatic and resonant, balancing reverie, desire, and pathos, while draped in post-electro sequencers, organ, Moog, and brooding rhythms. Jones chose Cat Stevens' "Pop Star" because it reminded him of his first brush with fame. Johns paints the jagged arrangement with Chamberlins, Mellotrons, DFAM, sitar, and acoustic guitars, providing urgency alongside the singer's joy. Jones offers Malvina Reynolds' topical folk gem "No Hole in My Head" as organ-drenched psychedelic rock, complete with droning tambouras and electric guitars. His take of Michael Kiwanuka's "I Won't Lie" is colored by airy synths, acoustic guitars, bird calls, and satellite sounds. Jones' delivery is uncharacteristically tender, intimate, even vulnerable. The singer renders Mike Scott's "This Is the Sea" with the passionate authority of a blues singer. Acoustic guitars and organ simmer and soar alongside his roaring vocal as the rhythm section (barely) tethers them to earth. The singer reads Bob Dylan's foreboding "One More Cup of Coffee" through the mistakes of his youth. Amid the slurry instrumental swirl, a plodding upright bass exhorts Jones to face his darkness. He surrenders, offering the line "One more cup of coffee before I go/To the valley below" with chilling intensity. Organs, synth pads, Moogs, and guitars paint a spaghetti western backdrop as Jones goes deep on Tony Joe White's "Ol' Mother Earth." He delivers it as a solemn elegy for the planet. Composer Bobby Cole presented Jones with "I'm Growing Old" when the singer was 35; feeling he was too young to sing it then, he promised to cut it when he turned 80. Ambient sonics and disembodied voices float by, then vanish as Jones begins a desolate croon, accompanied only by Cowley's haunted piano. Jones chose Terry Callier's "Lazarus Man" as a set closer. After a spacey electronic intro, silvery guitars, droning bass, Rhodes piano, and thundering drums offer a sonic maelstrom in blues, spiritual soul, and rock. Jones embraces it all, passionately affirming the lyric as a manifesto for whatever time remains to him. Surrounded by Time is magnificent -- it's redolent with wisdom and a raging lust for life that is free of camp. It offers abundant proof that despite the passing of years, Jones has lost none his power or swagger.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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