TOM JANS

Loving Arms - Best Of 1971-1982 (RVCD-361)

Raven presents the very first Best Of collection focusing on the career of the late American singer / songwriter TOM JANSLoving Arms Best Of 1971-1982 is the perfect introduction to the beguiling mix of folk, folk rock and country rock that Jans made his own. This multi-label anthology culls the best tracks from his recordings for A&M, Columbia and Pony Canyon (Japan). Jans first collaborated with Mimi Farina (younger sister of Joan Baez) on the beautiful, underrated folk album Take Heart (1971). The album highlighted the combination of two excellent voices (‘Carolina’, ‘Letter to Jesus’). Jans went solo, writing and recording ‘Loving Arms’ which was a hit cover for Dobie Gray and also recorded by Elvis Presley. Jans’ own version appeared on his critically acclaimed self-titled album (1974) produced by Mentor Williams.

The Eyes of a Lonely Child (1975) featured the country rock gem ‘Out of Hand’ and the captivating, soulful ‘Struggle in Darkness’. Guest musicians included Lowell George (slide guitar), David Linley (guitar) and Jim Keltner (drums). Dark Blonde (1976) is considered to be his masterpiece, featuring a classic mix of country and folk roots (‘Back on My Feet Again’, ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’) and politically charged lyrics (‘Distant Cannon Fire’). Jans final album was the impossibly rare Japanese-only Champion (‘Mother’s Eyes’, ‘Lost in Your Eyes’). Fans of Tom Waits, James Taylor and Jackson Browne will find much to enjoy here. Jans died in 1984 and his music is overdue for re-evaluation. With superb audio quality and detailed notes this entertaining CD is a must for fans of classic singer / songwriter folk and rock.

TRACK LISTING
1. CAROLINA – Mimi Farina & Tom Jans
2. LETTER TO JESUS – Mimi Farina & Tom Jans
3. LOVING ARMS
4. OLD TIME FEELING
5. MARGARITA
6. FREE AND EASY
7. GOTTA MOVE
8. ONCE BEFORE I DIE
9. STRUGGLE IN DARKNESS
10. OUT OF HAND
11. THE EYES OF AN ONLY CHILD
12. INSIDE OF YOU
13. WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME
14. DISTANT CANNON FIRE
15. BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN
16. MOTHERS EYES
17. WHEN THE REBEL COMES HOME
18. WORKING HOT
19. LOST IN YOUR EYES

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