THE BALLADS OF TOM JONES

Manics, Robbie Williams and All Saints may also be on duets/collaborations album...

Tom Jones will duet with a number of stars including Cerys Matthews, Stereophonics and Space on a new album to be released in September on Gut Records.

Van Morrison and The James Taylor Quartet are also confirmed to take part and other artists slated for the project are Manic Street Preachers, The Cardigans’ Nina Persson, Robbie Williams and All Saints. Recording sessions are scheduled to start next month.

Jones has already performed with Williams – at the 1998 Brit Awards when they sang a medley of classic soul and rock numbers. He also teamed up with Matthews on Later… With Jools Holland last year to sing the Ray Charles and Betty Carter 1961 song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’. A re-recorded version of the song will appear on the album.

Matthews has said of Jones: “He’s a complete entertainer. He always gets the crowd going. You can’t really fault a man who’s willing to go onstage in a brightly-coloured flamenco catsuit can you?”

Stephen Hague, who is known for his work in the ’80s with the Pet Shop Boys and Erasure, will produce the record.

A spokeswoman for Tom Jones told NME: “It’s something that Tom‘s been really keen to do for a while now.”

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