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Album Review

Columbia's George Jones Definitive Country Collection pales in comparison to Mercury's Definitive Collection 1955-1962 anthology, but country jukebox, slow dance classics like "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)," as well as duets with ex-wife Tammy Wynette "Were Gonna Hold On," "We Loved It Away'" and "We Can Make It," help keep this 20-track overview fluid (like a tear in your beer) for the duration.


Born: 12 September 1931 in Saratoga, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

By most accounts, George Jones was the finest vocalist in the recorded history of country music. Initially, he was a hardcore honky tonker in the tradition of Hank Williams, but over the course of his career he developed an affecting, nuanced ballad style. In the course of his career, he never left the top of the country charts, even as he suffered innumerable personal and professional difficulties. Only Eddy Arnold had more Top Ten hits, and Jones always stayed closer to the roots of hardcore country....
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