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Editors’ Notes

The 1999 set Cold Hard Truth boasts a clean, no-frills sound and exceptionally strong material. Keith Stegall’s production takes the country veteran back to his honky tonk roots, avoiding studio gloss in favor of twang-laden guitars, wailing fiddles, and a crisp rhythm section. Jones rises to the occasion to deliver engaged performances full of heartache, knowing humor, and hard-won wisdom. “Choices”—steeped in old-fashioned morality and gospel tunefulness—became a Top 40 country hit and earned Jones a GRAMMY® for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Even better is the Jamie O’Hara–penned title track, a merciless slice of self-condemnation delivered with an aching edge. From lovelorn ballads like “Our Bed of Roses” and “This Wanting You” to playful rockers like “Sinners & Saints” and “Ain’t Love a Lot Like That,” Jones reconnects with the vigor of his early days. “When the Last Curtain Falls” closes on a note of forgiveness and reconciliation that speaks to Jones’ own turbulent life. Cold Hard Truth is a standout country album on its own terms, as well as a moving late-career statement by a true living legend.

Customer Reviews

Really Good Album

Great songs, poetic lyrics. As great as the classic stuff.

One of George's Best!

Classic George Jones. Songs that touch the heart.

Cold Hard Truth

A Bed of Roses always makes me think of my son whom was killed in a Bass Tournament he fished for 10 years, NO THANKS TO ANOTHER BOAT DRIVER.

Biography

Born: September 12, 1931 in Beaumont, 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...
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