TOMMY JAMES Three
Times In Love/Hi Fi (SJPCD35)
...'Three Times In Love'...marries his classic '60s writing style
to a new era's pop tendencies...Tommy keeps on burning still, and the "high
fidelity" term can describe the man himself
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...well-crafted catchy tunes that have a timeless appeal and are aimed for the
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classy song structures survive the eighties synths and polite production to be
thoroughly enjoyable...the sleeve notes are extensive, interesting and written
with James' cooperation...
Fireworks magazine (January 2011)
TOMMY JAMES In Touch/Midnight Rider
James might have harbored the songs for half a decade but
together they create a tasty whole...
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the end these Angel Air re-issues are really targeted for die-hard Tommy James
fans... grab a couple of these two fers.
Ryan Sparks, www.classicrockrevisited.com
simultaneously, both have enough good songs and great performances to
keep you interested...a worthy release.
Fireworks magazine (May
TOMMY JAMES A Night In Big
Angel Air Records have yet
again released a real winner here and if you haven't had the chance to
check out the original then there's no time like the present.
...for me, 'A Night In Big
City' is the best complete album he released...for those who enjoy the
lighter end of AOR there's much to enjoy in Tommy James' vast catalogue.
TOMMY JAMES Re-issues
Best known as the leader of American 60's band Tommy James and The
Shondells, James has been making records since 1964 and post Shondells
has recorded a number of solo albums. It is James' solo output that has
been revisited with 5 of these albums being re-issued by Angel Air.
A Night In Big City (SJPCD354) was originally released in 1996
and for the most parts has a late 80's feel to it - it's a slick
production with stand out tracks like 'Red Headed Woman (In a Black
Limousine)', 'Baby Tonight', 'In Slow Emotion' and re-workings of his
earlier hit 'Tighter, Tighter' and Shondells hit 'I Think We're Alone
Now', as made popular again courtesy of being a massive hit in the 80's
Then we have 'In Touch' and 'Midnight Rider' (SJPCD353) released
together on one CD. In Touch was released in 1976 and finds James
with a more matured voice than in his Shondells days. Covers of Suzi
Quatro's 'Devil Gate Drive' and The Glitter Band's '(Do You Wanna) Touch
Me' and 'I Love You Love Me Love' sound surprisingly good, and original
track 'One Track Mind' fits in nicely alongside these. There is also a
cover of Elvis's 'Treat Me Nice', the pop ballad 'Don't Want To Fall
Away From You' and a couple of more pop like tracks.
1977's Midnight Rider is a country influenced album that does
tend to feel a bit middle of the road/easy listening in places. However,
'Midnight Rider', 'Double or Nothin'', 'Still Got A Thing For You' and
the Eagles meets The Bee Gees style 'What Happened To The Girl' are all
worth a listen. Coincidentally, Michael McDonald and The Eagles Timothy
B Schmidt make an appearance on backing vocals on the album...
In 1980 Tommy James released Three Times In Love (SJPCD350), the
album had a mostly 60's sound to it and featured an unknown Luther
Vandross on backing vocals. 'You Got Me', 'Three Times In Love' and
'It's Magic' are pure 60's style pop whilst the slower 'Everything I
am' has an air of Manilow about it. 'Lady In White' and 'I Just Wanna
Play The Music' could easily be covered by Cliff Richard whilst that
disco sound re-appears on 'Long Way Down' and 'Let It Slide'. The only
track on the album to showcase James' rockier side is 'It's Alright For
The album is packaged with the re-release of 1990's Hi-Fi, a bass
and synth heavy album that has a strong late 80's soundtrack feel to
it. The highlights here are 'Go', 'Burning For You' and 'Heartbeat In
The Night'. You also get ballads 'Ordinary Girl' and 'Love You Too Much'
and the'80's pop of 'You Take My Breath Away' and 'What Kind Of Love (Do
Of the 5 albums, it is probably 'A Night In Big City' and 'Hi-Fi' that
are the most consistent, unfortunately - as with many of today's chart
making bands, there is an overall feeling that James' output is
influenced by the current trends but I guess that is what sells records-
and let's face it Tommy James has sold in excess of 100 million records
since the 1960's.
www.getreadytorock.com (April 2011)