Anniversary: Ten Years of Hits
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||We Can Make It||George Jones||2:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Loving You Could Never Be Better||George Jones||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Picture of Me (Without You)||George Jones||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What My Woman Can't Do||George Jones||2:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad As Losing You)||George Jones||2:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Once You've Had the Best||George Jones||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Her Name Is...||George Jones||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Old King Kong||George Jones||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bartender's Blues||James Taylor||3:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Just Take It Out In Love||George Jones||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Someday My Day Will Come||George Jones||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Grand Tour||George Jones||3:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Door||George Jones||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||These Days (I Barely Get By)||George Jones||3:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Memories of Us||George Jones||3:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Battle||George Jones||2:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||He Stopped Loving Her Today||George Jones||3:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'm Not Ready Yet||George Jones||2:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me||George Jones||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Good Ones and Bad Ones||George Jones||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Still Doin' Time||George Jones||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Same Ole Me||George Jones||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Released in 1982 to commemorate a decade at Epic Records, Anniversary is a double LP (later reissued as a single CD) spanning 22 tracks and containing all of George Jones' big hits, from 1972's "A Picture of Me (Without You)" to 1982's "Same Ole Me," all produced by Billy Sherrill. Broken down to the details, it's an impressive, weighty collection and would be essential just for having such exquisitely crafted and sang hits as "We Can Make It," "The Grand Tour," "The Door," "Once You've Had the Best," and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." What makes Anniversary transcendent, one of the best country albums of all time, is the context and subtext, how it reads like an autobiography of the most turbulent, heartbreaking decade in Jones' life. When this was released in 1982, he was hitting rock bottom after a decade of substance abuse and erratic behavior, much of it kick started by his rocky marriage with Tammy Wynette. Anniversary doesn't explicitly tackle any of this — although some of the songs were written with these events in mind — but it does something better: it dramatizes it, largely due to Sherrill's near-operatic productions and the song sequencing. The first half of the album starts with songs of devotion, and they slowly give way to songs about heartbreak and loss, ending with the remarkable second half of the record where the songs find Jones broken and alone, drinking and pining for his lost love, even from beyond the grave. It's a thrilling journey that doesn't just showcase his ballad style at its finest, it has a devastating emotional impact that eclipses his excellent '70s albums because of the scope of the narrative; each of the proper LPs were snapshots of a time, while this takes a long view of his troubled decade and the results are heartbreaking and unforgettable and, because of the narrative, utterly necessary even if you have all the actual albums. It's unquestionably one of the 25 greatest country albums of all time.
One of the Best Country Albums of All Time
One of the best country albums ever, and probably the best post-Hank Williams country album! It has the best of George's "middle years" on Epic, the ballads are the best. One of the best voices in country music. I'm not into country music anymore, but I consider this one of my favorite albums of all time.
I had to go to different albums to buy certain songs that were on this album do to a mixup of titles. For someone who is not familiar with several of these songs would possible purchase them under wrong titles. Could really cause some confusion! Unsure who the mixup came from, iTunes or the cd company. Just be cautious!
Great George Jones...
A classic album, unfortunately the songs are not labeled correctly...you'll have to relabel most of the titles.
Born: September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, TX
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