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Good Year for the Roses: The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971, Pt. 2

A Good Year for the Roses: The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971, Pt. 2

by George Jones
Picking up only a matter of months after its predecessor, Walk Through This World with Me, left off, Bear Family's four-disc box A Good Year for the Roses -- The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971: Pt. 2 runs through the last half of George Jones' stint with Musicor, a period that showed a greater sonic variety than his preceding two and a half years with


Picking up only a matter of months after its predecessor, Walk Through This World with Me, left off, Bear Family's four-disc box A Good Year for the Roses -- The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971: Pt. 2 runs through the last half of George Jones' stint with Musicor, a period that showed a greater sonic variety than his preceding two and a half years with the label yet ultimately illustrates that George's partnership with producer and manager Pappy Daily had reached a dead end. Always eager to make a quick buck, Daily steered George toward the weirdest quick cash-in he ever recorded, pushing the trippy folk-rock mock-protest song "Unwanted Babies" upon Possum, its swirling minor-key march sounding like psychedelic 1967 but like nothing else here. The rest of the music on the box is firmly within the tradition established by the first Musicor set, meaning there's plenty of hard honky tonk and ballads, but within that Jones is beginning to branch out, building upon the Bakersfield and Roger Miller influences evident on Walk Through This World with Me, but also edging toward richer, detailed productions, a sound evident on both the dense "Burn Another Honky Tonk Down" and the gorgeous, elegant title track. Pappy may have pushed "A Good Year for the Roses" on George, hearing a hit when the singer didn't, but that doesn't mean he was showing any more care in recording his label's lone star. He still fed Jones songs from his publishing house, not caring much about their quality, happy to re-record old songs once again and filling out a session by covering current hits. This situation was only exacerbated at the end of George's time at the label, when he was burning through songs intent on ending his contract, re-recording tunes he originally did when he first started at Musicor! Emphasizing quantity over quality didn't much bother Daily -- it gave him more product to sell or to license later to RCA -- which is one of the primary reasons Jones was eager to leap from Musicor to Epic, where he would be able to duet with his new love, Tammy Wynette, and record with her producer, Billy Sherrill, yet listening to A Good Year for the Roses as a body of work it's possible to understand Pappy's side of things. At his worst, which didn't arrive all that often, George was still a compelling vocalist, and his Musicor recordings are uniformly enjoyable, even with subpar performances and slapdash productions. Pappy could package this stuff and sell it to satisfied customers because it was always good and occasionally transcendent. As on Walk Through This World with Me, it can take some digging to ferret out those gems, but it's a pleasurable hunt, more so than before due to that greater sonic variety, which also happens to be the very thing that illustrates beyond a doubt that George Jones could achieve more artistically than he did here. At Musicor, he was treated as a hitmaking machine, churning out pure product without discrimination. At Epic, he was treated as an artist and wound up with bolder records that turned into bigger hits. Some have called those Sherrill productions overblown, but after listening to George's Musicor recordings in their entirety, it's easy to see why Jones was eager to be over-produced: he had spent too long with no production at all.

Product Details

Release Date:
Bear Family Germany


Disc 1

  1. Wrong Side of the World
  2. As Long as I Live
  3. The Poor Chinee
  4. New Man in Town
  5. Beneath Still Waters
  6. The Green Grass Grows All Around
  7. Let It Rain Let It Shine
  8. I'll Sail My Ship Alone
  9. Possum Holler
  10. I Can't Go Home
  11. How Wonderful a Poor Man's Life Can Be
  12. Unwanted Babies
  13. Tell Me Something I Don't Know
  14. Even the Loser (Likes to Dream)
  15. Between My House and Town
  16. Mansion Hill
  17. Your Angel Steps out of Heaven
  18. On Second Thought
  19. Barbara Joy
  20. When the Grass Grows Over Me
  21. Burn Another Honky Tonk Down
  22. Same Old Boat
  23. When the Wife Runs Off
  24. I Don't Have Sense Enough (To Come In Out of the Pain)
  25. Do What You Think's Best
  26. Third Time Down
  27. Our Happy Home
  28. You've Become My Everything
  29. My Mom and Santa Claus
  30. Lonely Christmas Call
  31. I Cried Myself Awake
  32. Heartaches and Hangovers
  33. Divorce or Destroy
  34. Great Big Spirit of Love
  35. Milwaukee Here I Come

Disc 2

  1. Just an Average Couple
  2. I'll See You While Ago
  3. She's Mine
  4. If Not for You
  5. The Race Is On
  6. I'll Share My World with You
  7. The Hardest Part of All
  8. How Much Rain
  9. Where Grass Won't Grow
  10. Old Blue Tomorrow
  11. Shoulder to Shoulder
  12. The Fortune I've Gone Through
  13. For Better or for Worse (But Not for Long)
  14. She's as Close as I Can Get
  15. No Blues Is Good News
  16. I Know
  17. Among the Few
  18. Papa's Wagon
  19. Never Grow Cold
  20. Mama Take Me Home
  21. Playing Possum
  22. I Just Got Tired of Being Poor
  23. You Can Always Come Back
  24. Going Life's Way
  25. Okie from Muskogee
  26. Image of Me
  27. Love Me
  28. I Stayed Long Enough
  29. All I Have to Offer You Is Me
  30. Mama's Hungry Eyes
  31. Each Season Changes You
  32. Will You Visit Me on Sunday

Disc 3

  1. I'm Finally Over You
  2. Rosie Bokay
  3. These Hands
  4. A Wound Time Can't Erase
  5. Try
  6. Where Could I Go?
  7. Loving You Makes You Mine
  8. Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong
  9. Leaning on the Shoulder of Love
  10. A Good Year for the Roses
  11. A Day in the Life of a Fool
  12. You and Your Sweet Love
  13. A Good Year for the Roses
  14. I'll Follow You (Up to Our Cloud)
  15. With Half a Heart
  16. A Good Old Fashioned Cry
  17. Imitation of Love
  18. You're Still on My Mind
  19. Open Pit Mine
  20. Poor Little Rich Boy
  21. My Favorite Lies
  22. The Old, Old House
  23. There's No Justice
  24. I Made Leaving (Easy for You)
  25. Brothers of the Bottle
  26. Late Getting Home
  27. They'll Never Take Her Love from Me
  28. Lifetime to Regret
  29. You Put Living Back in Life
  30. She's Lonesome Again
  31. You Gotta Be My Baby
  32. Wrong Number

Disc 4

  1. I Wouldn't Know About That
  2. Yearning
  3. Would It Do Me Any Good
  4. Someone Sweet to Love
  5. Sometimes You Just Can't Win
  6. Right Won't Touch a Hand
  7. Getting Over the Storm
  8. Wrapped Around Her Finger
  9. I Can Still See Him in Your Eyes
  10. Fightin' Side of Me
  11. Come Sundown
  12. Knock Three Times
  13. The Last One to Touch Me
  14. Free as a Breeze
  15. After You
  16. Love Makes It Alright
  17. Saginaw Michigan
  18. Who'll Turn out the Lights
  19. Hello Darlin'
  20. High on the Thought of You
  21. You Made a Believer out of Me
  22. I Fall in Love Everyday
  23. Get Some Loving Done
  24. Our Love Is Forever
  25. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  26. Will I Ever Love Again
  27. I Had You
  28. My Special Memory
  29. Everytime I Think of You
  30. She's More of a Woman
  31. Heaven Made Women
  32. I Can Love You Enough

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist
Johnny Paycheck   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Tammy Wynette   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass
William Whitney Pursell   Piano
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Brenda Carter   Vocals,Guest Appearance
George & Nancy Jones   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge   Guitar

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Tammy Wynette   Composer
Bruce Channel   Composer
Eddie Noack   Composer
Carmol Taylor   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Smokey Stover   Composer
Don Carter   Composer
Jerry Chesnut   Composer
Dale Davis   Composer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Bill Mack   Composer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
George Richey   Composer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Ben Wilson   Composer
Alex Zanetis   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Arthur Goring Thomas   Composer
Benny Barnes   Composer
Clyde Beavers   Composer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Earl Montgomery   Composer
Hal Bynum   Composer
Luke McDaniel   Composer
Jack Ripley   Composer
Margaret Cobb   Composer
Dickie Overby   Composer
Jack Wallace   Composer
Christian Zwarg   Tape Comparison
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Jimmy Peppers   Composer
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
George & Nancy Jones   Author
Reinhard Pietsch   Illustrations
D.T. Gentry   Composer
Don Hosea   Composer
Russell Brown [7]   Composer
Daniel Gersdorf   Photo Restoration,Sleeve Restoration
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
Betty Tate   Composer
Guy Ewald   Illustrations
George Riddle   Composer

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