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Genre: Folk - Welsh Folk / Artist: Tom Jones / Enhanced / Audio CD released 1999-09-27 at Gut

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      27.07.2008 12:03

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      I can;t imagine anyone not having this album, but if you don't have it - get it

      I am not Tom Jones biggest fan - I can put my hand on my heart and say that. However, Reload is a great album, basically putting the Welsh heart throb (why???) up against some of, what was at the time, the best contemporary acts out. I love the version of "Burning Down the House" with the Cardigans, (although as the worlds biggest Talking Heads fan I still have to say the original is my favourite) and the wonder of "Baby it's Cold outside" with Cerys Matthews, who has one of the sexiest voices I have ever had the fortune to hear. Listening to the CD again, I can't help but feel like practically every track from this album must have been released as a single, because all of them are just so well known and fresh to me. I think it was wonderful that Mr Tom Jones gave all these acts the opportunity to play along with them, thus upping their prestige. He truly is a saint of a man.

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      25.12.2001 15:00
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      Let's write something about one of the "masters" of the music. As always sorry for my english. 1 Burning down the house. This track is played with the Cardigans. It was the first single of the LP ans it's really great. A perfect song to listen while you are driving or running, fitness etc. One of my favourites of the full CD. This song is about.. an special party ;) 2 Mama told me not to come. with the Stereophonics. I use to describe this song as a happy "blues". Great guitars played. 3. Are you gonna go my way. with an unknow guy called Robbie William (just joking). A very rocker song, but i don't like it really much. Maybe it's sounds to me like a fight of stars... and here wins Jones! 4. All mine. with the Divine Comedy. It sounds to my like an old James Bond's song. Sounds really good. Perfect for an original motion soundtrack. 5 Sunny afternoon. with Space. On the poorest songs of the album... nothing comestible here :) 6. I'm left you're right... Great track!!. A positive song with double-meannings on the lyrics and a rithm that make you feel good. A pair of great voices. It makes me up. 7. Sexbomb. The bigger success of the CD and the track that hit Tom Jones again to the top of the list. It's almost incredible that Jones can give that special feeling to the song with... his age!!. It's a kind of sexual voice. A song to be danced with the music so loud! Note: A song that is always on my mp3 player while i'm running. 8. You need love like I do. Funny song about how a boy and a girl talk about the love that they need and that they can give them that... feelings. 9. Looking at my window. A song made to be singed by the powerful voice of Tom. 10. Sometime we cry. With the big Van Morrison. A ballad with melancolic feelings. I love that song. Perfect to listen.... with someone :) The best moment o
      f the song is at the end when both singers say "tu du ru". Great!! 11. Lust for life. I don't really like this version of the classic of Iggy Pop. 12. Little green bag. Just a correct song. 13 Ain't that a lot of love. with simply red they gives us a typical simply red song. For me is just... correct. Both bands have better songs. 14. She drives me crazy. I don't like that version, for me is much better the original Fine young cannivals track. 15. Never tear us apart. This track give us the feeling that Natalie Imblugia is more than "Torn". 16. Baby, it's cold outside. Sorry, I don't like Cerys (Catatonia's singer) 17. Motherless child. Another song perfect to be on an original motion track. Big. Here, Portishead proof their talent. Well singed Tom!! See you all and... merry christmas

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        03.07.2001 19:59
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        I was lucky enough to be given one of the “special edition” double CD copies of RELOAD and whilst I did not buy it myself. I think that its well worth a serious look at. In addition to the normal CD, you get an extra CD as well. The normal CD has seventeen tracks on it, each with a different singer or band and tom Jones himself. The range of artists is varied as is the type of song sung. However, the second CD is well worth a look at. It focuses on four tracks from the basic CD. These are :-  Burning down the house – with The Cardigans  Baby, its cold outside – with Cerys from Catatonia  Mama told me not to come – with Stereophonics  Sexbomb – with Mousse T. The second CD shows videos of these four songs which you can play on your CD using QuickTime. It works with any PC or Apple Mac computer. If you don’t have QuickTime on your computer, don’t worry as the CD comes with it already installed on the disc. All you need is a minimum RAM of 32mb and a soundcard with speakers on your PC. In addition to these four videos, it also has these same four tracks for you to play in your CD audio system, but they are different mixes from the original CD. Sexbomb has a Peppermint disco radio mix, Mama told me comes with a “Rotten” remix, Baby has a Hefner mix and Burning down comes with a Pepe deluxe mix. These extras give a different slant on the basic CD and I think its great. I like listening to the variations and soundtrack differences and I also like having the video tracks. If you have already bought reload, I would not buy it again for this extra CD, but if you are going to splash out and buy this great CD, consider spending the extra money and getting the special edition. I really like what it has to offer.

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          22.06.2001 17:23
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          I've always had a lot of respect for Tom Jones, he is a truly superb talent, but never bought anything he had done. After hearing "Burning down the house", the first song to be released off this album, with the Cardigans I thought I'd buy this even though I'd heard mixed reviews about it. I was a bit dissapointed after the first listen, liked a few tracks but that was all. Decided to give it a chance and it began to grow on me, and now I play it all the time. Most of the tracks are covers but Tom brings his own style to each of them. You will have heard a lot of these in their original version, but unlike most covers Tom doesn't try to make them sound exactly the same as the original. Each artist compliments Tom and vice-versa. There are some stunning tracks "Mama told me not to come" with the Stereophonics being the pick of the bunch. The other tracks are:-Are you gonna go my way - with Robbie Williams ,All mine - with the Divine Comedy, Sunny afternoon - with Space, I'm left you're right she's gone - with James Dean Bradfield, Sexbomb - with Mousse T, You need love like I do - with Heather Small, Looking out of my window - with James Taylor Quartet, Sometimes we cry - with Van Morrison, Lust for life - with The Pretenders, Little green bag - with Barenaked Ladies, Ain't that a lot of love - with Simply Red, She drives me crazy - with Zucchero, Never tear us apart - with Natalie Imbruglia, Baby it's cold outside - with Cerys from Catatonia, Motherless child - with Portishead Even if you dont like Tom Jones but this CD now!!

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            13.04.2001 22:55
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            Nudity, you say – no, just some Barenaked Ladies. Just one of the many groups that accompany Tom Jones in this great album. Tom has been Reloaded with great talent from his younger years. This album has boosted his reputation as a great singer and a sex symbol. Many of you may think that Tom Jones has gone from strength to weakness, but he has certainly not. This album proves that, even at the age of 60 (I think!), his singing skills have gone from strength to strength. All the songs on this album are in collaboration with other artists. Here is a brief description of each song on Reload: The first song featured is “Burning down the house” with The Cardigans. It may be a bit repetitive, but it is a great tune that makes for one of the best duets of the album. There are great rock songs such as “Mama told me not to come” with the Stereophonics, which happens to be my favourite song on the album. Really comedy-like lyrics, including “I’m looking at my girlfriend, she’s just passed out on the floor”, help this song, because I think that love-lyrics, like many songs have, would not fit this song. I think the lyrics it has are perfect for the sound of the song. The music on this song is absolutely fantastic, and I personally love the Stereophonics, but that’s not what this opinion is on, so I won’t talk about them! With slow verses – the first being sung by Tom, the second by a member of the Stereophonics, and the third by Tom – and fast choruses with loud electric guitar and brilliant musicians, this song was a great hit single, and I definitely think it is the best song on the album. A great asset to this album is the song Robbie Williams has sung alongside Tom Jones. “Are you gonna go my way” is the third track on the album, and features a distinct rock sound, as well as the usual Tom Jones’ style pop. With a very upbeat, fast, boomin
            g sound, this song has great potential as a duet single. With both Robbie and Tom being extremely famous artists, this song is bound to be many peoples’ favourite. “All mine” is the fourth song. Divine Comedy accompany him here, and this song has a slow-ish, jazzy tune to it, and really shows off Tom’s singing skills, as he has to have a very powerful voice to reach some of the notes. Some of the parts of this song can become very loud, with many crescendos (increasing volume) and the ending is very strange and unexpected . . . . . Jazz/rock is present in another song on Reload – “Sunny Afternoon”, with Space, which I personally do not like, but it’s up to you really. It has a very repetitive tune, but I must admit, the choruses are excellent and jazzy. There are many great songs on the album. “I’m left, you’re right, she’s gone”, with James Dean Bradfield, is another one of these. It has a pop-rock tune, which I find very addictive. James has an excellent voice, so this song really helps Tom. I think everyone heard the song “Sexbomb” when in became number 3 in the charts in 1999. The version on the album, with Mousse T, is completely different to the version he released. It has the same lyrics, but a different tune, and I think you will like it. I personally prefer the version he released, but this version is excellent as well. Heather Small accompanies Tom in the pop-rock song “You need love like I do”. Heather Small, the famous singer from M-People, has a fantastic voice, and it’s a shame this song didn’t get a better chart position that it did. There is another sort of jazz-rock-indie style song in the form of “Looking out my window”, with James Taylor Quartet. Tom sings solo in this, in my opinion, poor song. Everyone will of heard of Van Morrison (and if you havenR
            17;t – where have been the last 20 or so years!), who famously stands almost perfectly still on stage and sings fantastically. He really increases the jazz quality of Reload, by accompanying Tom in the song “Sometimes we cry”. It is quite a slow, jazz tune, which Tom and Van both sing extremely well, as they are both fantastic singers! From the slow harmony of “Sometimes we cry” to the fast, rock tune of “Lust for life” with the Pretenders, there is another reasonable song on this album. Some people will enjoy this, but I find it very boring, as it’s quite similar to a couple of other songs on the album. Nudity, you say – no, just the Barenaked Ladies. The group that accompany Tom in the song “Little green bag”. It’s sort of fast jazz/rock. It has a very fast sound, that you just can’t help dancing to. It’s one of those songs that will just get a crowd up and dancing in seconds. Simply Red, famous for songs like Fairground, accompany Tom in the song “Ain’t that a lot of love”. It only lasts 2 minutes and 40 seconds, and I think it’s another failure on the generally good album. It’s yet again repetitive, but if you are a fan of Simply Red, then you might like it, but it’s unlikely that anything can sacrifice this (sorry to be harsh) rubbish song. There is another jazz-rock song on the album – “She drives me crazy” with Zucchero. The instrumental on this song is great, and the singing really influences the quality. I think it’s another one of those one’s where you can’t help tapping your foot on the floor to the beat. “Torn” was a hit single for the female singer Natalie Imbruglia (who sounds a bit like Dido – please read my review of Dido’s album No Angel to find out more). This song is really helped by the use of female singing vocals, as i
            t makes a good change with Tom singing some verses, and Natalie singing others. This is another great song because of, not only the singing, but again, the instrumental performance. Another single from this album that was released was “Baby it’s cold outside”, featuring Cerys from Catatonia. her voice is very unique, and this makes this song sound that little bit more special, which it certainly is. It’s definitely jazz, and the slow verses are complemented with loud links to the next verse and a fantastic loud ending, when Cerys has the chance to say something rather rude . . . . Portishead are the final group to accompany Tom Jones on this album. With a pop-rock-indie feel to the song again, it is quite a good ending to the album. Getting louder and faster from the middle section onwards, this is quite a long song to finish, which fades away towards the end. I think it should have had a loud ending, as that would have built up tension to complete the album. A better song to end the album would have been “Baby it’s cold outside”, as it has an excellent loud ending, which would have suited the ending perfectly. So, a revised track listing is: 1. Burning down the house – with The Cardigans 2. Mama told me not to come – with Stereophonics 3. Are you gonna go my way – with Robbie Williams 4. All mine – with the Divine Comedy 5. Sunny Afternoon – with Space 6. I’m left, you’re right, she’s gone – with James Dean Bradfield 7. Sexbomb – with Mousse T 8. You need love like I do – with Heather Small 9. Looking out my window – with James Taylor Quartet 10. Sometimes we cry – with Van Morrison 11. Lust for life – with the Pretenders 12. Little green bag – with Barenaked Ladies 13. Ain’t that a lot of love – with Simply Red 14. She
            drives me crazy – with Zucchero 15. Never tear us apart – with Natalie Imbruglia 16. Baby, it’s cold outside – with Cerys from Catatonia 17. Motherless child – with Portishead Another disadvantage to this album is that there are no lyrics contained on the inlay - shame! The two best songs on this album are “Mama told me not to come” and “Baby, it’s cold outside”. There are a couple of weak songs, like “Ain’t that a lot of love” and “Looking out my window”, although I recommend this album if you like quality music, Tom Jones, and a whole load of other artists. Tom Jones has been Reloaded. Thanks very much for reading! Please leave a comment and rating. Thanks very much! Nathan

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              20.03.2001 04:34
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              Evans is seen as being just a shop for large ladies to buy clothes, but this is wrong! The “Seven” range which is a hip disco young range now caters for people as small as size 14. As I myself am not a skinny model type I see this as a great step forward in getting rid of the stereotypical image that Evans has required since it opened. However, as I am not a size 14 the range of clothes available for me is very restricted still, as although making small sizes is cool by me, the styles made available for the younger lady do not suit the younger larger lady, as they are strapless, backless etc. Casual ranges that could be made bigger in other shops would be no problem as t shirts look nice who ever you are, and whatever size you are, but this is not thought of. It means that for a young not small lady I can either look like a 60 year old with Pauline Fowlers clothes, or look like a cheap tart falling out everywhere wearing clothes for going out only suitable if u’r size 14. It’s a no win situation and I hope sometime in the distant future this will change. Fingers Crossed! Anyway, Evans also offers a range of shoes, jewelry, and underwear, where bras can be bought if you have large breasts whatever body size you are. I do have problems with this shop and price is another as everything is very expensive, about three times as much as if you shopped in New Look. But, seeing as the market for clothes for the larger women (I hate saying that!) is still very limited there is really no other choice. Sales do not happen very often but when they do bargains can be bought.

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                01.03.2001 20:31
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                You may have images of good ol’ Tom Jones as a wrinkly, cheesy crooner. You may have images of him as a sex-beast. I have neither! I never particularly liked or disliked him before I saw him perform live in Hyde Park a few years ago – he was fantastic! Since then, the Tom Jones comeback has proved that he has a good eye for a tune, choosing some particularly amazing tracks for Reload – his album of duets with top pop names. Now Tom, I understand why women of a certain age throw their knickers at you, and why men of a similar age are incredibly jealous of both your singing and thrusting abilities! The Reload LP is my favourite album of the year 2000 and will always remind me of my last summer at Uni. – A truly happy time! Tom Jones has chosen in Reload to duet with a wide range of singers and bands to hang onto their fame and to attract to him as wide an audience as possible. The Reload album has an interesting mix of styles, many of which you would not expect of Tom, or of his respective partners. The classic tracks on the album have to be… (a) Burning Down the House, which he performs with the Cardigans. (b) Mamma Told Me Not To Come, with the Stereophonics and (c) Sexbomb, with Mousse T. However, there isn’t a single track on the CD that I don’t love to pieces. Other strange partnerships include Tom with (among others) Robbie Williams, Divine Comedy, Simply Red, Natalie Imbruglia and Portishead. There are songs on this CD to match all your moods and tastes but after a while you will come to enjoy them all as much as I do, I’m sure of it. Enjoy!

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                  29.10.2000 14:35
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                  If you, like me, have always associated Tom Jones with dubious Lounge-Lizard hits such as What's New Pussycat and Delilah then this album is probably going to be a bit of a culture shock. First reaction? This can't be Tom Jones... This is really good... There isn't a dud on this whole album. The version of SexBomb that was released as a single cannot stand up against the version on this album. Every track just gets better and better. The best track for me is the duet with Natalie Imbruglia on Never Tear Us Apart. It has an entirely different sound and feeling than the INXS original, yet is still true to the spirit of the song. The weakest track is the duet with Robbie Williams - now you see what I mean about no duds. When this track is the weakest one the album is pretty spectacular! Put away your preconceptions about Tom Jones and give it a try. You too will be throwing your knickers!

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                  28.09.2000 17:12

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                  I used to listen to Tom Jones when I was only about 5 or 6. I told my friends a few years ago and they all thought I was a freak. They have all taken it back now that they have either brought or listened to the 'Reload' album. What a great album it is, with some talented artists. It's got some doggy tracks but they far outway the better ones. 'Sex bomb' Moosse T, obviously one everyone knows. 'Never tear us apart'Natalie Imbruglia, thats another great track. All the songs on the album are covers. Some artists that try cover songs, f*** it up completely. I'd say most of the covers are actually better than the original, that's saying something.

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                  14.09.2000 01:15
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                  Tom Jones is undeniably my favourite artist of all time; I've been a fan since I was quite young. I prefer his old songs especially Its Not Unusual, Daughter of Darkness and What's new Pussycat. I heard he had brought out a new album called reload, I've been deliberating for weeks as to whether or not I should buy it, I eventually took the plunge and bought it last week. I must say I was extremely surprised, it has some fantastic tracks. All the tracks are done with another artist such as Heather Small from M people, The Cardigans and Robbie Williams. Most of the tracks have a rock feel to them; my favourite tracks have to be Sex Bomb with Mousse T, this is a fantastic track, which I play over and over. Mama Told Me Not To Come with The Stereophonics, this has a rock feel to it, and Ain't That A Lot Of Love with Simply Red. Admittedly there are a few rubbish tracks thrown in, but the ratio of good tracks far outweigh the bad tracks, this album could be enjoyed by young and old, as most tracks have a modern feel to them, while older fans/people will enjoy his new style. If you deliberating as to whether you should buy it, here is the track listing. 1 The Cardigans-Burning down the house. 2 Stereophonics-Mama told me not to come. 3 Robbie Williams-Are you gonna go my way. 4 The Divine Comedy-All Mine. 5 Space-Sunny Afternoon. 6 James Dean Bradfield-I'm left, you're right, she's gone. 7 Mousse T-Sexbomb. 8 Heather Small-You need love like I do. 9 James Taylor Quartet-Looking out my window. 10 Van Morrison-Sometimes we cry. 11 The Pretenders-Lust for life. 12 Barenaked Ladies-Little green bag. 13 Simply Red-Ain't that a lot of love. 14 Zucchero-She drives me crazy. 15 Natalie Imbruglia-Never tear us apart. 16 Cerys from Catatonia-Baby it's cold outside. 17 Portishead-Motherless Child.

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                  27.08.2000 06:18
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                  Tom Jones must be one of the nicest people in the music business and deserves all his success and fame and fortune!!! Reload is a supreme album, eclectic, and intelligent. The diversity of the guest vocalists introduces you to singers that you may not have had any time for before- in my case (dont jump on me!) Van Morrison. The absolute best tunes here must be SexBomb a duet with Mousse T, and Baby Its Cold Outside with Cerys, but there isn't a bad one on the album. I have met Tom Jones, and he is a totally genuine, down-to-earth person, who did not bat an eyelid about giving me his autograph...and yes this is just an excuse to brag!!!!

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                  19.08.2000 02:34
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                  TOM JONES This is an album for doing the housework to, if you do any at all. Really zingy and alive and lots of variety. Tom baby sings with loads of artists and proves again that age means nothing and that this music is up with the best of pop. Zucchero is one of my favourite artists and She Drives Me Crazy is a great track. Simply Red is on it and of course Van the Man Morrison features to. This man Tom Jones is unbelievable live (I have seen him) and he can still strut across the stage with the best of the young ones. Maybe better. Play it again Tom and swivel those hips.

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                  16.08.2000 05:36
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                  I can't say that I have ever been a great Tom Jones fan. He has been around since I can remember. I must admit I did take some notice of him when he had a hit with "Kiss" but that was all. But the album Reload is something else. It has an energy about it that can lift your spirits and get those feet and lungs working. For a man his age he can certainly knock out a belter. Reload is an album containing 17 songs that Tom Jones sings with different artists. These include The Cardigans, The Sterophonics, Robbie Williams, Heather Small, The Pretenders and Natalie Imbruglia. His voice as always is very powerful, indeed in some tracks, drowning out others. Saying that, the combinations work well. Being a housewife, I find this album a must when it comes to doing alot of housework. Stick it in the CD player, put the volume up high and away I go. I sing along at the top of my voice, dance as I polish and hoover and in no time at all the housework's done and I've enjoyed myself. This has got to be one of the best albums ever especially for housework!

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                  12.08.2000 05:40
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                  This is a really magnificent album – Tom Jones’ great voice, some brilliant songs & an interesting mix of other artists with whom he duets. These range from Robbie Williams & Natalie Imbruglia to Van Morrison & Zucchero. I quite often don’t like covers but Tom Jones just does them so well – they’re always as good the original & sometimes even better. There are 17 tracks on the CD, which I think is quite good value these days & I loved probably 13 out of the 17. This is definitely a classic album

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                  11.08.2000 00:16
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                  Tom Jones is and always has been a great artist, his style is easily recognisable and music lovers old or young should have at least one album by Tom and in this he is certainly on form. However nothing is perfect and this is especially true of this album, with only three or four really good song’s Tom Jones does not allow the artists that appear alongside him on the album to have enough of an input into the music, from the amazing voice of Carrys from catatonia not being used to the best of it’s ability to Robbie Williams not really joining in entusiasticaly at all some of the younger music lovers may not like this. Music however, it has to be said, is one of the most subjective of all art form’s and should be well tried before buying on C.D. or whatever platform you chose to purchase on, I recommend downloading a couple of songs from Napster before you buy the album.

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                  Disc #1 Tracklisting
                  1 Burning down the house - with The Cardigans
                  2 Mama told me not to come - with Stereophonics
                  3 Are you gonna go my way - with Robbie Williams
                  4 All mine - with the Divine Comedy
                  5 Sunny afternoon - with Space
                  6 I'm left you're right she's gone - with James Dean Bradfield
                  7 Sexbomb - with Mousse T.
                  8 You need love like I do - with Heather Small
                  9 Looking out of my window - with James Taylor Quartet
                  10 Sometimes we cry - with Van Morrison
                  11 Lust for life - with The Pretenders
                  12 Little green bag - with Barenaked Ladies
                  13 Ain't that a lot of love - with Simply Red
                  14 She drives me crazy - with Zucchero
                  15 Never tear us apart - with Natalie Imbruglia
                  16 Baby it's cold outside - with Cerys from Catatonia
                  17 Motherless child - with Portishead