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Sir Tom Jones eyes fresh comeback

Tom Jones
Sir Tom Jones has sold more than 100 million records worldwide since 1965

Veteran Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones is releasing a solo album of new material for the first time in 15 years.

The record, 24 Hours, is due for an October release in the US, while in the UK it will be out a month later.

Sir Tom, 68, told the Associated Press his record will have a "retro sound" but would also sound "new", comparing it to singer Amy Winehouse's material.

He said most of the album will include new songs, including a track he co-wrote with U2's Bono and the Edge.

Worldwide success

"We've been thinking about this for a while, doing a retro sound but new," he said.

"And Amy Winehouse, she cracked it. When that album came out, my son called me right away and said, 'You know what we've been talking about? Listen to this'."

British production duo Future Cat, who have worked with Lily Allen and Kate Nash, produced Jones' record.

The arrangements and the production needs to be modern, but the vocal needs to sound like me
Sir Tom Jones

"The fire is still in me," he said. "Not to be an oldie, but a goodie. I want to be a contender."

Since releasing It's Not Unusual in 1965, Sir Tom has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

He released an album of collaborations, Reload, in 1999, and a covers album, Mr Jones, in 2002.

Sir Tom, who now lives in Los Angeles, has taken care of his voice to prevent it from ageing, including using a humidifier when travelling to keep his throat from drying.

"The arrangements and the production needs to be modern, but the vocal needs to sound like me," he said.

Two cover versions have been included on 24 Hours.

Sir Tom sings his version of Bruce Springsteen's The Hitter and I'm Alive by Tommy James and the Shondells.

"I love doing the songs that I've had success with and the audience keeps those alive," Jones said. "But I love moving on."




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