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Tom Jones on World Cafe | June 27, 2013

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On his new album, Spirit in the Room, singer Tom Jonesturns his formidable voice toward blues and gospel, including covers from songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and even The Low Anthem.

Over the last few decades, Jones has continuously reinvented his sound, suiting it to fit the times. The 73-year-old performer is well-known for his 1964 hit "It's Not Unusual," which remains his signature song. In this installment of World Cafe, he talks about growing up in Wales and discovering American music on the radio. (Link)


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Hour 1

U2 “With or Without You” The Joshua Tree
Aimee Mann “Charmer” Charmer
Junip “Your Life Your Call” Junip
She & Him “Never Wanted Your Love” Vol. 3
Tom Jones “It’s Not Unusual” The Best of Tom Jones
((Tom Jones “Hit or Miss” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Tom Jones “Tower of Song” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Tom Jones “Hit or Miss” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Tom Jones “Traveling Shoes” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
((David Lynch “Crazy Clown Time” Crazy Clown Time)) 
Leonard Cohen “Everybody Knows” I’m Your Man
Chris Isaak “Heart Full of Soul” Chris Isaak
Frank Turner “Recovery” Tape Deck Heart
((Lucero "On My Way Downtown" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Hour 2

The Church “Under the Milky Way” Starfish
The Gypsy Kings “Hotel California” The Big Lebowski Soundtrack
Dawes “Just Beneath the Surface” Stories Don’t End
((Wado y Realismo Fantastico “Se Vacilar O Jacare Abraca” Brazil Classics 7))
Camaron de la Isla with Paco de Lucia “Como El Agua” Como El Agua
Estrella Morente “Como La Corriente” Autorretrato
((John Mayer "Shadow Days" Born and Raised))
Derek & the Dominos “I Looked Away” Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
Escondido “Cold October” The Ghost of Escondido 
The XX “Sunset” Coexist
Roxy Music “Amazona” Stranded
Bombino “Amidinine” Nomad
((Gary Clark Jr. “Numb” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))