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Album Review

Recorded at the height of the rock & roll establishment's infatuation with George Jones in the late '70s, Bartender's Blues is one of the most misdirected albums in his catalog. Though the production is dated, leaning too close to the soft-rock with its electric pianos, the main flaw is its uneven material. Apart from the excellent weeper "I'll Just Take It Out In Love," the strongest song is the title track, which is James Taylor's impression of what life in a honky tonk must be. Despite the occasional weak song, Jones gives it his all throughout the record, which by and large keeps the album entertaining.

Customer Reviews

This is sadly my favorite song.

As a bartender – Bartender's Blues is my 'Last Call' song. And because, at 4 am I am just playing to stew bums and and a lot of other bartenders - this song has become a sing-a-long; 8 years running. I don't normally review. But because there are no other reviews and because the iTunes review is so wishy-washy – I had to say check out Bartender's Blues. Crazy enough, written and back round vocals by James Talyor. Yes, that James Taylor.


Born: September 12, 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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