“Detroit City”

It is not often that you can buy a record of great hits which were all in the Top Ten

One look at the cover and the casual record buyer would probably think that this was a folk album created by a slim blond haired hippie. She is wearing the standard cut-off, hip huggin’ jeans. The trouser legs were probably used to make a couple of massive spliffs.

The body painting of psychedelic flowers is faithfully recreated 1967 style, the flora extending to her plastic acoustic guitar. The drum in the foreground is no doubt used to hide her big bags of cannabis resin.

But isn’t this is a Tom Jones inspired album? Of course it is! But topless blond-haired hippie lasses sold records back in 1971 didn’t they?

I’m no fan of Tom Jones, I’ve experienced a few of his albums recently after rescuing them from junk-bins in charity shops. I’m indifferent to his melodramatic, over-produced ‘shouty-shouty’ squaresville records.

That being said, I bought this LP purely for the cover and wanted to know if songs like “It’s Not Unusual”, “Detroit City” and “Delilah” would sound listenable by another vocalist.

I’m delighted to find out that Danny Street accepted the challenge and completely surpassed Sir Thomas Jones of the Valleys with his ten interpretations of these well known songs.

Danny’s vocals are assured and powerful enough to carry off the ‘belters’ with aplomb. He may not be able to raise the dead like megaphone howler Tom Jones but for me that’s a huge bonus.

The backing from the Alan Caddy Orchestra is first-rate. He really knew his onions or perhaps more importantly in this case, his Welsh leeks.

Danny Street and Alan Caddy are now deceased but they can be restful in peace knowing that on this record, they teamed up to create a worthy challenge to those Tom Jones originals.

Back cover liners:

It is not often that you can buy a record of great hits which were all in the Top Ten and all recorded and made famous by one singer in a short space of his career.

We have captured on this record the greatest hits made famous by Tom Jones sung by a different, brilliant singer and orchestrally played in a style which may give you great difficulty in realising that these are not the original recordings by Tom Jones himself and his backing orchestras.

charity shop purchase @ £2

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