Help Yourself (Tom Jones album)

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Help Yourself
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Studio album by Tom Jones
Released November 1968
Length 43:27
Label Decca
Producer Peter Sullivan
Tom Jones chronology
The Tom Jones Fever Zone
(1968)The Tom Jones Fever Zone1968
Help Yourself
(1968)
This Is Tom Jones
(1969)This Is Tom Jones1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]

Help Yourself is the twelfth studio album by Welsh singer Tom Jones, released in November 1968 on Decca Records.[2] The album included the title track which reached number 5 in the UK. The track topped the charts in Ireland, Germany, and spent three weeks at number on the Australian chart.[3]

Help Yourself peaked at number 4 in the UK and number 5 on the Billboard 200 in 1969.

Reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes, "The infectious title track was a Top 40 hit and it helped make Help Yourself Tom Jones' first Top Ten album, but the record was weighed down by lackluster material, making the album his weakest set since A-tom-ic Jones."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Help Yourself" (Carlo Donida, Jack Fishman) – 2:53
  2. "I Can't Break The News to Myself" (Jimmy Williams, Larry Harrison) – 2:31
  3. "The Bed" (Dick Heard, Eddie Rabbitt) – 2:46
  4. "Set Me Free" (Curly Putman) – 3:15
  5. "I Get Carried Away" (Annette Tucker, Keith Colley, Nancy Mantz) – 3:02
  6. "Laura" – 3:38
  7. "Elusive Dreams" – 3:46

Side two

  1. "The House Song" (Noel Paul Stookey, Robert H. Bannard) – 3:38
  2. "So Afraid" (Jerry Chesnut) – 3:23
  3. "If I Promise" (Jerry Reed) – 2:15
  4. "If You Go Away" (Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen) – 4:03
  5. "My Girl Maria" (James Luck, John Szego) – 3:25
  6. "All I Can Say is Goodbye" (Marty Wilde, Ronnie Scott) – 3:11

Charts[edit]

Chart (1968-1969) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[4] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 4
US Billboard 200[6] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Help Yourself - Tom Jones". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Help Yourself – Tom Jones". www.tomjones.com. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts – 2 October 1968". Poparchives.com.au. 2 October 1968. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tom Jones - Help Yourself". VG-lista. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Tom Jones Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 June 2017.