- Released: February 17, 2003
- Label: Universal Uk
Entertainment Weekly - 10/21/94, p.66
"...Sure, some of the album is cheesier than a fondue pot, but on the material suited to Jones' peremptory delivery, he's huffing and puffing better than ever..." - Rating: A-
Q - 12/94, p.1334 Stars (out of 5)
- "...He is singing songs by The Wolfgang Press with a balls-out attack that tears the Gothic persiflage off, say, 'A Girl Like You,' for a passion-fest of Wagnerian intensity....An excercise in justifiable self-confidence..."
- 1.If I Only Knew
- 2.Girl Like You
- 3.I Wanna Get Back With You
- 5.Something For Your Head
- 6.Fly Away
- 7.Love Is On Our Side
- 8.I Don't Think So
- 9.Lift Me Up
- 10.Show Me
- 11.I'm Ready
Personnel includes: Tom Jones (vocals); Lol Creme (guitar, keyboards); Mike Campbell (guitar, bass); Lalo Creme, Stan Jones (guitar); Garry Hughes, DJ Battlecat (keyboards, programming); Simon Franglen, Guy Roche, Marshall Jefferson, Warren S. Campbell (keyboards); Michael Sanchez (Hammond organ); Owen Rossiter, Russ Kunkel (drums); Matt Rowlands (programming); Tori Amos, Jeff Lynne, Teddy Riley, Helen Andrew, Tessa Niles, Katie Kissoon, Bruce Woolley, Gardner Cole, Andre Cymone, Mic Murphy, Dave Hollister, Levi Little (background vocals).
Producers include: Trevor Horn, Flood, Alan Moulder, Andy Wright, Richard Perry.
Engineers include: Steve Fitzmaurice, Thom Panunzio, Chris Potter.
This album by singer Tom Jones contains 12 songs, including the single "I Wanna Get Back with You," featuring Tori Amos.
If the idea of an album featuring Welsh middle-of-the-road pop star Tom Jones announcing "T.J.'s in the house with phat beats from the streets" makes you run screaming from the room, then THE LEAD AND HOW TO SWING IT is probably not for you. On the other hand, if it sounds like a kitsch classic in the making, you're on the right track.
This 1994 release, a kind of belated follow-up to Jones' surprisingly satisfying 1989 collaboration with the Art Of Noise on Prince's "Kiss," is Jones' rock & roll comeback. Thankfully, it's delivered with a winning sense of self-mockery. More importantly, the song choice is surprisingly apt, and the producers, including Jeff Lynne, Lol Creme and Trevor Horn, know what to do with the power of his still-remarkable voice.