All-Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Re-Recorded Versions)
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||The Race Is On (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||My Favorite Lies (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tender Years (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Window Up Above (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||She Thinks I Still Care (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||White Lightnin' (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Walk Through This World With Me (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||She's Mine (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Share My World With You (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Why Baby Why (Re-Recorded)||George Jones||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Epic's 1977 album All-Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 boasts a misleading title and concept of epic proportions. Yes, almost all of these ten songs are big hits and these recordings were made during his tenure at the label, but therein lies the contradiction: These songs were hits early in his career, originally released on Starday, Mercury, or United Artists, not on Epic. There isn't a song here that was a hit for Jones while he was on Epic, so it doesn't even function as a good overview of his first hits for the label. All this means that this album is worthless as a hits collection, but as an album it's kind of interesting since it does find an older George Jones doing good reinterpretations aided by one of his best producers, Billy Sherrill. The uptempo stuff doesn't fare particularly well — young Jones was wild-eyed and crazy, giving "The Race Is On," "White Lightning," and "Why Baby Why" real kick; here they sound harnessed — but the ballads (which account for most of the record) are satisfying, since Sherrill's productions give them languid, luxurious settings and Jones is in typically good voice. On occasion, the songs gain resonance by being delivered by an older, nuanced singer (this is especially true of "The Window Up Above" and "She Thinks I Still Care"), which is the main reason collectors may want to pick this up — and, even though this is targeted to a mass audience, given the curiosity of this collection, that indeed winds up being the market for this collection.
George Jones review
You can't go wrong with this album. His greatest hits only get better with time, this is a must have album
An important, underated Jones gem
These are excellent re-recordings - Jones was in fine mid-'70s form - in decent voice and obviously caring what he was singing about here, especially on the ballads - and a far better singer at this point than when many of these were originally recorded. Think of the great Sinatra re-recordings for Capitol and Reprise in the late '50s, early '60s and you kind of get the feel of this. The sound is great, the production is blessedly understated and intelligent. My only quibble is it was a shame the sessions were'nt expanded to include new versions of say, "Seasons Of The Heart" or older, forgotten beauties like "Mr. Fool" or "Just One More" or "Hearts In My Dreams", etc. - a 2 LPer would have really perfected this.
This is a must have. I love George Jones. A classic country singer who changed country itself forever
Born: September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, TX
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s