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The Definitive Collection: George Jones (1955-1962)

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There are a few compilations that gather early Starday and Mercury singles by the late, great George Jones, but this one boils it all down to an ample 22 essentials spanning his first seven years. It starts with his very first single, “Why Baby Why”: a honky tonk tune that contrasts upbeat tempos and peppy melodies with lovelorn lyrics of infidelity. Recorded in 1955 at Houston's Gold Star Studios, it featured Jones backed by the house band of lead guitarist Glenn Barber, pedal steel picker Herb Remington, pianist Doc Lewis, and fiddle player Tony Sepolio (who vowed never to work with Jones again due to his heavy drinking during the session). Other gems include the rollicking “I’m Ragged But I’m Right,” which not only became Jones’ theme song but also the title of a 1984 George Jones autobiography penned by Dolly Carlisle. “Just One More” is the first slower song here that lets you intimately hear the palpable ache in Jones' voice. It was this style of singing that earned him the nickname “King of the Broken Hearts.”

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The Best Decade of George Jones There Is

This is a great album. This was George Jone's heday. Some may say it's the mid-60's, some say it's when he had all those duets with Tammy Wynett. But that's wrong. Here, what strikes me the most if the variety in these songs that Jones seems to lack in later years. This album has all the great 50's classics you know and love, such as "White Lighting" and some big hits back then like "Who Shot Sam" which carried a hard-driving rockabilly/country beat. But then there's "Tender Years", a nice Honky-Tonk slow-styled ballad. This was his heyday. Don't look at any other George Jones song, except for the classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today" nad 1963's "The Race is On". Besides for that, look here only.

Hell yes!

Putting afro45's obvious lack of knowledge aside, George Jones is an American Icon. An incredible collection of music from this artist. For all country music fans, this is a must get. This is Mr. Jones in his earlier, raw-er form, and it's White Lightning!

He looks like Jim Carrey on that cover….

Don't you think?


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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