Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|This is Tom Jones|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television
Tom Jones, a man who oozed charisma thanks to his powerhouse voice and slick stage moves, hosted his own weekly musical variety show from 1969 to 1971. This 3 DVD set captures all his swagger and sex appeal. Featuring g... more »
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Great time capsule from the end of the swingin 60's!
Richardson | Sunny California USA | 06/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is great fun....and features some brilliant vocals by Tom Jones...who like Elvis was a sex symbol who actually had some powerful pipes! The guest stars are a who's who of the era...well, like the Who, Joe Cocker, Aretha Franklin , Janis Joplin, Little Richard and Stevie Wonder...wow! The comic support by a young Richard Pryor, Pat Paulson, Peter Sellers are wonderful. The quality of the video is very good and Mr Jones spiced the production up with fun intros and a half hour interview from this year. All great stuff...and not lip synched! very edgy versions of some of these tunes and a bit raw and unpolished at times.
Oh..and to the "EXPERT" who reviewed this title months before it came out..
and complained about the 8 times Tom Jones sings "Its Not Unusual"? 6 of em are the same SERIES OPENING...another is a duet with Stevie Wonder ..with Stevie taking the lead and likewise with Aretha Franklin. Tom only performs it ONCE in this set during his "Concert" segment. Seems the "Expert" might benefit from viewing the DVDs he or she reviews."
Nice job, but the shows are incomplete
Michael Favareille | Pinole, CA United States | 06/20/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I got my set from Time-Life ahead of street date. The transfer quality is quite good (the episode with the Who is in black & white--Tom Jones in his intro to the episode says that they don't have a color version of the episode). However, none of the episodes are complete. The initial episode is 38 minutes is the longest of what is on this set. (A 60 minute show in the late 1960's ran approx 47-50 minutes plus commercials) Some of the shows run as short as 20 minutes, which means over half of those episodes are missing footage. (One of the episodes has Glen Campbell's performance absent.) I do enjoy the Tom Jones performanes as well as many of the other musical performances (& it is a delight to see rare footage of Janis Joplin and Crosby Stills Nash & Young), but I would prefer to see the episodes in their entirety. Let's hope future volumes will have complete episodes. Extras include Tom Jones intros, 2 interviews with Jones (from 1969 & a current one), and an ABC promo from 1969 of "new Friday Night shows" (besides Tom Jones, the other two shows were a night-time version of Let's Make A Deal and a game show called The Generation Gap which lasted all of 3 months)."
Major Disappointment, all shows are incomplete
Michael Favareille | 06/29/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted to report to the community that I am EXTREMELY disappointed in the This Is Tom Jones DVD set. None of the shows are complete, most are less than half their original running time, one is about 38 minutes, most are about 25 minutes on average, and Tom gives a 1-2 minute introduction to each of the shows as well. The bonus features aren't very exciting either, but I didn't really care about that. It's really disgraceful, I am going to write to Time Life too. I plan to keep the set, mainly because the music clips that are on there are upgrades in quality from what I already had acquired in the collectors circles, and a few I didn't have at all, but I am just so terribly disappointed. If they put out a set like this, it should at least have a warning that the shows are incomplete. I remember fondly watching this show and the Johnny Cash Show with my father when they were first on the air, so they bring back a lot of memories for me, but this set is just a mess, here are the actual running times.
This Is Tom Jones DVD set
2/4/69 Premiere Show 38 minutes
4/18/69 (Show only survives Black & White - 24 minutes)
9/25/70 33 minutes
ABC Network promo for the series Premiere 1 minute
Mid-day KATU Portland, Oregon Interview 1969 6 minutes
Tom Tells his Burt Bacharach Story 5 minutes
11/27/69 21 minutes
12/4/69 26 minutes
2/19/70 25 minutes
4/25/69 22 minutes
10/9/70 30 minutes
Tom Jones interview, videotaped in Los Angeles February 11, 2007 35 minutes
Mark Gunter | Atlanta, GA United States | 06/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the COOLEST packaged dvd sets I've ever seen. Comes with a fabulous booklet. The shows are in pristine quality. Some amazing performances by Tom and the guest artists. I would say 90-95% of the performances are live (at least live vocals). Lets hope for a volume two...and three...and four!"