The Welsh singer hosted a variety show in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as his long-time fans will well remember, and this collection from his Christmas shows really does showcase what was great about his television classic. Amazon describes the shows included on the DVD as “brassy and classy.” That they are! It’s also fun to see the fashions and the styles of the day, and how people talked has even changed more than we realize when we watch genuine shows from that time period.
So, aside from being treated to the power of Tom’s incredible vocals on some famous (and infamous) Christmas tunes, viewers are also treated to the vocal stylings of Judy Collins, one of the most memorable folk singers of all time. Ella Fitzgerald makes an appearance. There’s a performance of classical ballet with “The Nutcracker Suite.”
Many other seasonal classics are included as well as a concert from Tom Jones himself, of course. One of the more memorable parts of the DVD is a bit unexpected. Tom’s very moving, commanding reading of “A Child's Christmas in Wales” is very touching and one that you want to grab hot chocolate and sit by the fire to watch.