50 Years of Hits

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The idea sounds good, and it may even make sense: collect one song from each of the 50 years that George Jones has been recording, and present them in one exhaustive triple-disc set, appropriately titled 50 Years of Hits. Seems simple enough, but in practice, the set doesn't quite work, either as an overview of Jones' career or as an enjoyable listening experience. Although Bandit has done an impressive job with cross-licensing between labels, the compilers acknowledge that they weren't able to work out a deal with Musicor to feature Jones' late-'60s hits, so they were forced to substitute re-recordings of "Walk Through This World With Me," "She's Mine," "I'll ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The idea sounds good, and it may even make sense: collect one song from each of the 50 years that George Jones has been recording, and present them in one exhaustive triple-disc set, appropriately titled 50 Years of Hits. Seems simple enough, but in practice, the set doesn't quite work, either as an overview of Jones' career or as an enjoyable listening experience. Although Bandit has done an impressive job with cross-licensing between labels, the compilers acknowledge that they weren't able to work out a deal with Musicor to feature Jones' late-'60s hits, so they were forced to substitute re-recordings of "Walk Through This World With Me," "She's Mine," "I'll Share My World With You," and "A Good Year for the Roses" for the originals here. While it's regrettable that the originals aren't here, their absence is understandable and the remakes are professional and rather strong. The bigger problem with the collection is its very construction: Jones has a rich, long legacy, but it's not best represented by sampling every year equally. Like most veteran artists, George Jones' commercial and creative peak came early and, like most country artists, that peak extended over several years where he hit the Top Ten on a regular basis. For the Possum, this was a long time indeed -- nearly 25 years, which is an extraordinary run by any measure, but it's only half of 50, which means that half of this 50-track collection represents music he recorded after his peak. There is still good stuff here, particularly in the '80s when he was slowly descending from his peak and settling into veteranship, but these highlights are few -- duets with Merle Haggard "Yesterdays Wine," 1981 and Garth Brooks "Beer Run," 2001, "Same Ole Me" from 1982, and "I'm a One Woman Man" from 1989. Outside of that, pretty much everything after "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which arrives at the midpoint of the collection, isn't essential, and when that counts for half a collection, that's a pretty big handicap to surmount. That's what keeps 50 Years of Hits from being either a good summation of Jones' career, an encapsulation of his greatness, or even a fun listen, particularly when compared to 1994's Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, which may stop at the end of the '80s but covers George's important music much better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Bandit Records
  • UPC: 015707022026
  • Catalog Number: 220/23
  • Sales rank: 2,988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why Baby Why (2:15)
  2. 2 Just One More (2:42)
  3. 3 Tall Tall Trees (2:26)
  4. 4 Color of the Blues (2:50)
  5. 5 White Lightning (2:46)
  6. 6 Window Up Above (2:33)
  7. 7 Tender Years (2:23)
  8. 8 She Thinks I Still Care (2:34)
  9. 9 You Comb Her Hair (2:40)
  10. 10 The Race Is On (2:07)
  11. 11 We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds (2:39)
  12. 12 Still Doin' Time (2:49)
  13. 13 Walk Through This World With Me (2:25)
  14. 14 She's Mine (3:02)
  15. 15 I'll Share My World With You (2:47)
  16. 16 A Good Year for the Roses - Alan Jackson (3:37)
  17. 17 Take Me (2:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Picture of Me (Without You) (2:31)
  2. 2 Once You've Had the Best (2:38)
  3. 3 The Grand Tour (3:05)
  4. 4 These Days I Barely Get By (3:01)
  5. 5 Her Name Is... (2:19)
  6. 6 Near You (2:21)
  7. 7 Bartender's Blues (3:46)
  8. 8 Night Life (3:42)
  9. 9 He Stopped Loving Her Today (3:17)
  10. 10 Yesterday's Wine (3:14)
  11. 11 Same Ole Me (2:52)
  12. 12 I Always Get Lucky With You (3:18)
  13. 13 She's My Rock (2:27)
  14. 14 Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes (3:17)
  15. 15 The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) (2:30)
  16. 16 The Right Left Hand (3:15)
  17. 17 Radio Lover (3:26)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'm a One Woman Man (2:15)
  2. 2 A Few Ole Country Boys (3:38)
  3. 3 You Couldn't Get the Picture (3:34)
  4. 4 Finally Friday (2:43)
  5. 5 I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair (2:48)
  6. 6 High-Tech Redneck (2:26)
  7. 7 One (4:07)
  8. 8 I Must Have Done Something Bad (3:19)
  9. 9 When Did You Stop Loving Me (3:43)
  10. 10 Wild Irish Rose (4:39)
  11. 11 Choices (3:25)
  12. 12 The Cold Hard Truth (4:06)
  13. 13 Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?) (3:03)
  14. 14 50,000 Names (3:50)
  15. 15 I Got Everything (3:13)
  16. 16 Amazing Grace (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Jones Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Melba Montgomery Vocals
Technical Credits
Ed Bruce Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Johnny Horton Composer
George Jones Composer, Liner Notes
Willie Nelson Composer
Paul Overstreet Composer
Johnny Paycheck Composer
Al Anderson Composer
James Taylor Composer
Ed Jones Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Max D. Barnes Composer
Carmol Taylor Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Troy Seals Composer
Dennis Robbins Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer
Brian Ahern Producer
Keith Anderson Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
Paul Buskirk Composer
Buddy Cannon Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Chesnut Composer
Gary Church Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Pappy Daily Producer, Audio Production
Emory Gordy Producer
Jim Hoke Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Bucky Jones Composer
Red Lane Composer
Kyle Lehning Producer, Audio Production
John Newton Composer
Jamie O'Hara Composer
A.L. Owens Composer
Freddy Powers Composer
Curly Putman Composer
J.P. Richardson Composer
George Richey Composer
Don Rollins Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer, Audio Production
Keith Stegall Producer
Zack Turner Composer
Mentor Williams Composer
Ben Wilson Composer
Norro Wilson Producer, Audio Production
Norris Wilson Composer
George Ducas Composer
Lawton Williams Composer
Francis Craig Composer
Frank Dycus Composer
Tillman Franks Composer
Gary Gentry Composer
Kim Williams Composer
Kent Blazy Composer
Rob Goellner Composer
Darrell Edwards Composer
Earl Montgomery Composer
Dickey Lee Lipscomb Composer
Jack Ripley Composer
Kay Savage Composer
Sandra Seamons Composer
Judith Bruce Composer
Gene Dobbins Composer
Tex Whitson Composer
Byron Hill Composer
D. Wilson Composer
Ron Peterson Composer
John Moffatt Composer
Bobby Boyd Composer
Amanda Williams Composer
Luellyn Latocki Art Direction
Chuck Harter Composer
Steve Duffy Composer
Ron Hellard Composer
Dennis Knutson Composer
Bill Yates Composer
Mike Curtis Composer
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