DVD Review

Tom JonesI totally expected this DVD collection from Tom Jones’ TV variety series to be completely lame ... boy, was I wrong! Yes, the collection has its hokey moments and it’s pretty hilarious to watch the little old ladies soiling themselves every time Tom gyrates, but the show is pure genius. Tom’s booking agent for the show must be commended. Besides all the great music, the shows are filled with comedy legends Richard Pryor, Bob Hope, Peter Sellers, Pat Paulson and comedy troops The Ace Trucking Company (with Fred Willard) and The Committee (with Howard Hesseman). But for me, it was the musical guests who took the show to a whole new level. The Who and the Moody Blues shine with solid performances. Tom’s duets with Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Little Richard and Joe Cocker are stellar. He not only displays great musical taste, he has the chops to back them up. I swear John Belushi swiped his Joe Cocker bit from Joe’s performance on the show. I loved how Tom always ended his show rocking out in front of a crowd of screaming women. I’m sure those same women will be screaming in ecstasy at the sight of the DVD, reliving their memories of Tom shaking his hips on the telly some 30 years prior. | RDWThis Is Tom Jones Time Life (DVD)

By Willy Wilson Dec 4, 2007, 09:31