Midnight Train - Tommy James - Tommy James / Christian Of The World (CD)

Hanky Panky. Hanky Panky! The Herald Angels Sing. I Believe in People. I Can't Go Back to Denver. I Like the Way. I Lost My Baby. I Love Christmas. I Think We're Alone Now. I'm Alive. I'm Comin' Home. Jingle Bell Rock. Kings and Things. Light of Day.

Little Drummer Boy. Love Is Gonna Find a Way. After he broke with the Shondells , Tommy James took some time off out of the spotlight but he came roaring back with his first solo album, 's Tommy James. It features the hit song "Ball and Chain" and seven other songs that were not a great departure from the sound he had with the Shondells : up-tempo songs with big hooks, great vocals lead and background , and a slightly psychedelic feeling. Tracks like the driving "Ball and Chain," the anthemic "Come to Me," and the pounding, bubblegum-tasting "I Lost My Baby" are as good as anything James had done recently.

The only track where he stumbles is on the attempted hard rock boogie of "Quicksilver. The most interesting tune on the record is "Meet the Comer," which sounds musically like the downer version of "Crystal Blue Persuasion," but is actually the beginning of James ' shift to uplifting religious themes that would really blossom on his second solo record.

Christian of the World is not a concept record as such, but there is a theme of spirituality running through the lyrics. The title track is a sun-kissed plea for salvation, "Sing Sing Sing" rejects material possessions in favor of the power of song, "Sail a Happy Ship" directs people to turn to religion for peace and friendship, and "Church Street Soul Revival" is a beautiful, open-hearted celebration of God.

The music is an amazing blend of bubblegum and gospel with some soul and a bit of country thrown in for good measure. James is on a creative roll here: his vocals are deeply heartfelt and soulful, the songwriting is powerful, and the whole record is strong from beginning to end. It isn't too surprising that apart from the hit single "Dragging the Line," the record was completely ignored.

James ' bubblegum persona preceded him. No one was quite ready to consider him a serious musician capable of creating an album as fully realized and creative as Christian of the World. Luckily, plus years later one can divorce him or herself from James ' lightweight image and see the record for the lost classic that it is. It's a real gift to tune in and grab melodies from the cosmos, and rest assured, memorable hooks and special sounds are all over these grooves.

Wonderful stuff. As the first part in his solo trilogy, Tommy James pays tribute to Tommy Roe , Billy Joe Royal, and even Bobby Sherman, but shows them all how a pop album is crafted and how Tommy James is the genuine article. Where a song like "Quick Silver would be out of place on those aforementioned titles, it fits perfectly on this descent into a pop maestro's psyche.

An enlightening project, and like many of Tommy James ' other artistic endeavors, tragically overlooked. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. I received Jesus that night and was born again. Even though his entire band found the Lord around the same time he was saved, James split off from the Shondells to pursue a solo career.

I knew God would talk to me. So like he had done many times before, James took the Bible, randomly opened to a page — Psalm 32 — and, sure enough, God started speaking to him.

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  4. While both songs issued on Roulette were indeed non-LP at the time, both were included on James' subsequent LP, "Christian of the World," but there, "Draggin' the Line" has the added horns. This CD marks the first time the original version, without horns, has been reissued since it appeared on the B-side of Roulette /5(5).
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  6. While both songs issued on Roulette were indeed non-LP at the time, both were included on James' subsequent LP, "Christian of the World," but there, "Draggin' the Line" has the added horns. This CD marks the first time the original version, without horns, has been reissued since it appeared on the B-side of Roulette
  7. For James, it was a night that’s forever seared into his brain. He was starting to make it big with his band “Tommy James and the Shondells” and would eventually sell more than million records. But at that moment, James knew he was a changed man and he’s never forgotten it.

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