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Early Demos on 45 rpm
Old time feeling
(probably an early version and not really the song recorded in 1974)
1971 Festival at Big Sur
credited as appearing with Mimi Farina
on "Me and Bobby McGee" (Kristofferson)
Tom Jans is not audible on this recording, but
is prominent in the photo montage on the sleeve.
Credits: Mimi Farina, Craig Doerge. Jim Keltner.
Leland Skaler, Emil Richards, Edgar Lustgarten, Russ Kunkel, Sneaky Pete. produced by
Japanese cd: PCCY 10066
(no further information available)
Review by In Your Ear Records
Providence RI USA
This beautiful album from 1971 came at a time when the first wave of
singer-songwriters had hit the charts. "Take Heart" is closer to the style of,
say, Cat Stevens' first A&M albums than the folk music that Farina had performed with
her husband Richard in the early 'sixties. "Take Heart"'s appeal is in its
understated mood, Jans' and Farina's sympatico vocal styles and their gorgeous twin folk
guitar picking (especially on tracks like the lead-off, "Carolina"). The album
includes Mimi's tribute to Janis Joplin, "In The Quiet Morning". August
I always though "Carolina" was about the State, but one story tells of a
girl friend called Caroline who broke Tom's heart .... "he looked right into her eyes
and dedicated the song to her, she melted and went backstage", "..... but it
didn't work out ...."
Jans A&M SP-3644
Old time feeling (Tom
Jans & Will Jennings)
Tender memory (Tom Jans & Will
Slippin' away (Troy Seals & Eddie
Blue sky rider (Tom Jans & Will
Free and easy
Meet me at the border (Jackie de Shannon)
Credits: Lonnie Mack, Troy Seals, Reggie Young,
David Briggs, Mike Leech, Kenny Malone, Weldon Myrick, Norm Rea, Mentor Williams, Kris
Kristofferson, Dobie Gray. produced by Mentor Williams.
Recorded at Quadraophonic Nashville
Note: I was given a test
pressing of this album. (The pressing doesn't contain any out-takes or extra tracks.) It
was pressed by COLUMBIA RECORDS TERRE HAUTE IND. As the album was put out on A&M, I
wonder why the test pressing is on Columbia ?
Tom's father told that Tom met Elvis Presley on a train near Nashville,
and subsequently Elvis recorded Loving Arms.
1975 The Eyes of an Only Child
CBS PC 33699
Japanese cd: Sony Records SRCS 6282
"nice price line" ¥1,800
liner notes in Japanese dated
21st Dec 1992
2007 in mini LP format (SICP 1503)
with liner notes by
Once before I die
Where did all my good friends go
Inside of you
Struggle in Darkness
Out of hand
The lonesome way back when
Directions and connections
The eyes of an only child
Credits: Bill Payne, Colin Cameron, Chuck Rainey, Fred Tackett, Lowell George,
Jesse Ed Davis, David Lindley, Jerry McGee, Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Harvey Mason,
Valerie Carter, Lovely Hardy, Herb Pedersen, Mike Utley, Sam Clayton.
Recorded at Sunset Sound
produced by John Haeny and Tom Jans
Executive Producer Lowell George
"Lowell George had a good
effect on [this] album.
The guy is a genius." - Tom Jans 1977
Review (August 1999) from http://www.takenotes.com/
TOM JANS / THE EYES OF AN ONLY CHILD (J) - Classic rock from '75 contains hit
"Struggle In Darkness". Supported by top musicians: L.George, B.Payne,
J.Porcaro, H.Mason, C.Rainey, F.Tackett, D.Lindley & S.Clayton. Music reminds of
Loggins & Messina...$30.88
(marked as out of print at Tower
CBS PC 34293
Japanese cd: Sony Records SRCS 6356
"nice price line" ¥1,800
on vinyl in Japan - Cat.#/ 25AP 263(1976)
as well as an
in the US!
in mini LP format (SICP 1504)
liner notes by Jugo Nagisa
Ready to roll
Why don't you love me
Bluer than you
Distant cannon fire
Young man in trouble
Back on my feet again
order of songs altered for 8
Ready to Roll/Bluer than you/Starlight/Fineline/Distant Cannon Fire/Young Man in
Trouble/Why Don't you love me/Rosarita/Back on my feet again
Credits: Kelly Shanahan, Kerry
Hatch, Jerry Swallow,
Scott Shelley.Bill Payne
Ernie Watts David Paich Mike Utley Fred Tackett.
produced by Joe Wissart.
When The Rebel Comes Home (Tom Jans /Daniel Seraphine)
There's A Champion On My Side (T Jans /K
Miss Your Harmony (Tom Jans /Richard
Chambers Of The Heart
Cool (Tom Jans /Don Grusin)
Southern Belle (T Jans /B Wray/V Carter)
Lost In Your Eyes (T Jans /Scott Shelly)
Credits: Al Schmitt, Bill Payne, Bob Glaub, Carlos
Vega, David Hungate, Don Murray, Ernie Watts, Fred Tackett, Gary Skardia, Jeff Osborne,
Jerry Vinci , Kate Markowitz, Ken Wild, Lee Ritenour, Lee Sklar, Mourning Dove, Paul
Barrere, Richard Kerr, Rick Ruggeri, Sidney Sharp, Steve Forman, Steve Lukather,
Jeff Porcaro Steve Porcaro, Steve Williams, The Ten Boys, Valerie Carter, Victor Feldman, Wippe will.
Jerry Swallow played on 2 tracks, but his name was
omitted from the credits.
* Daniel Seraphine credited only on the cover version by Dakota)
David Hungate told this web site that
"was recorded in 78 though not released until 82 "
Produced by Don Grusin
Link to "The Two Toms and a lost record"
an article about the search for "Champion".
Champion has been found. A copy was discovered in a second hand record
shop in Hiroshima Japan; several of Tom Jans' friends and colleagues
have retained their own personal copy, it has recently been on sale at
ebay, and once, a long time ago it was on remainder at Tower Records in
- 1971 Letter to Jesus / Madman A&M 1302-s
- 1971 Good god, I'm feeling fine / Reach out A&M 1339-s
singles released to promote Take Heart
- 1973 Loving Arms / Shine it On (Jans/Barry)
single released as a preview to Tom Jans
- 1974 Margarita (edited) / Green River
single taken from Tom Jans
- 1974 A&M New Faces no 4
4 track EP running at 33 rpm issued in Brazil AMD 10025
margarita / loving arms / old time feeling / free and easy
(timings are exactly the same as on Tom Jans
- 1975 Struggle in Darkness (edited) /
title not known
- 1975 Once before I die / title not known
two singles taken from The Eyes of an Only Child
- 1976 Why don't you love me / Fineline
single taken from Dark Blonde: released in Holland CBS5270
- "Your baby is a lady" (Jackie de Shannon)
A rumoured recording. No date or record label information available.
This song was also recorded by Rita Coolidge and Stephanie De-Sykes
as well as Jackie de Shannon herself.
- 1975 Southbound Hoyt Axton
reissued on Hoyt Axton "The A&M Years".
Sleeve notes by John Tobler, but no specific details of personnel;
still not sure on which songs Tom sings.
Digitally remastered A&M 540-956-2
(although my copy seems to have some distortion)
1977 Just a stone's throw away Valerie Carter
Tom Jans plays on three tracks:
"just where I could be used I guess,
I wasn't on City Lights, that's for sure". - Tom Jans 1977
1976 Tom Snow Tom Snow
Tom Jans sings "additional backgrounds"
on "Hurry Boy".
1977 Bareback Richard Torrance
"TenderMemory" is covered on this album.
I have been told that Tom Jans played on this recording.
1980 10k-La Don Grusin
Tom Jans sings lead vocal and backup with Valerie Carter
on "Mongolia" which was written by Grusin-Jans
This is the only reference I have seen to a compilation
album which includes a Tom Jans recording:
Add Some Music To Your Day - vol 5
Track 12 Gotta Move
listed at http://ww2.enjoy.ne.jp/~nagaoka1970/newpage6.htm
in July 2007 an out of print white label promo LP was advertised on ebay
"...played only a couple of times for review. cover has discolored a bit
from age and not mint. Includes Tower Of Power , Tyrone Davis ,
Jon Lucien , Wah Wah Watson , Tommy Bolin (Post Toastee), Chip Taylor ,
Tom Jans , Willie Nelson , Tony Bird and Rusty Weir."
Loving Arms has been recorded by so many different artistes "including my
fave rave Elvis" - Tom Jans 1977
there are titles listed giving Thomas Louis Jans
or Tom Jans as author. I have not heard these songs,
nor have I seen the lyrics in print.
photo credit: tom sheehan
London 20th May 1977
(tom, please get in touch if I should pay a royalty for the use of the photographs)
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providing more information ?
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