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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2009
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051692926
  • Catalog Number: 16929

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wrong Side of the World (2:29)
  2. 2 As Long as I Live (2:30)
  3. 3 The Poor Chinee (2:01)
  4. 4 New Man in Town (2:34)
  5. 5 Beneath Still Waters (2:39)
  6. 6 The Green Grass Grows All Around (1:50)
  7. 7 Let It Rain Let It Shine (2:10)
  8. 8 I'll Sail My Ship Alone (2:22)
  9. 9 Possum Holler (2:19)
  10. 10 I Can't Go Home (2:38)
  11. 11 How Wonderful a Poor Man's Life Can Be (2:18)
  12. 12 Unwanted Babies (2:25)
  13. 13 Tell Me Something I Don't Know (2:28)
  14. 14 Even the Loser (Likes to Dream) (2:19)
  15. 15 Between My House and Town (2:31)
  16. 16 Mansion Hill (2:27)
  17. 17 Your Angel Steps out of Heaven - Johnny Paycheck (2:16)
  18. 18 On Second Thought (2:25)
  19. 19 Barbara Joy (2:24)
  20. 20 When the Grass Grows Over Me (2:50)
  21. 21 Burn Another Honky Tonk Down (2:34)
  22. 22 Same Old Boat (2:13)
  23. 23 When the Wife Runs Off (2:30)
  24. 24 I Don't Have Sense Enough (To Come In Out of the Pain) (2:25)
  25. 25 Do What You Think's Best (2:02)
  26. 26 Third Time Down (2:26)
  27. 27 Our Happy Home (2:21)
  28. 28 You've Become My Everything (2:41)
  29. 29 My Mom and Santa Claus (2:32)
  30. 30 Lonely Christmas Call (2:28)
  31. 31 I Cried Myself Awake (2:51)
  32. 32 Heartaches and Hangovers (2:14)
  33. 33 Divorce or Destroy (2:45)
  34. 34 Great Big Spirit of Love - Brenda Carter (2:09)
  35. 35 Milwaukee Here I Come - Brenda Carter (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Just an Average Couple - Brenda Carter (2:46)
  2. 2 I'll See You While Ago (2:32)
  3. 3 She's Mine (2:59)
  4. 4 If Not for You (3:02)
  5. 5 The Race Is On - Tammy Wynette (2:06)
  6. 6 I'll Share My World with You - Tammy Wynette (2:32)
  7. 7 The Hardest Part of All - Tammy Wynette (2:41)
  8. 8 How Much Rain - Tammy Wynette (2:24)
  9. 9 Where Grass Won't Grow (3:15)
  10. 10 Old Blue Tomorrow (2:18)
  11. 11 Shoulder to Shoulder (1:53)
  12. 12 The Fortune I've Gone Through (2:36)
  13. 13 For Better or for Worse (But Not for Long) (2:23)
  14. 14 She's as Close as I Can Get (2:46)
  15. 15 No Blues Is Good News (2:31)
  16. 16 I Know (2:40)
  17. 17 Among the Few (2:30)
  18. 18 Papa's Wagon (2:45)
  19. 19 Never Grow Cold - Tammy Wynette (2:41)
  20. 20 Mama Take Me Home (2:54)
  21. 21 Playing Possum (2:16)
  22. 22 I Just Got Tired of Being Poor (2:23)
  23. 23 You Can Always Come Back (2:32)
  24. 24 Going Life's Way (2:42)
  25. 25 Okie from Muskogee (2:44)
  26. 26 Image of Me (2:54)
  27. 27 Love Me (2:35)
  28. 28 I Stayed Long Enough (2:32)
  29. 29 All I Have to Offer You Is Me (3:06)
  30. 30 Mama's Hungry Eyes (3:11)
  31. 31 Each Season Changes You - Tammy Wynette (2:11)
  32. 32 Will You Visit Me on Sunday (2:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'm Finally Over You (2:21)
  2. 2 Rosie Bokay (2:47)
  3. 3 These Hands (2:51)
  4. 4 A Wound Time Can't Erase (2:52)
  5. 5 Try (2:17)
  6. 6 Where Could I Go? (3:16)
  7. 7 Loving You Makes You Mine (2:37)
  8. 8 Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong (2:25)
  9. 9 Leaning on the Shoulder of Love (2:13)
  10. 10 A Good Year for the Roses (3:11)
  11. 11 A Day in the Life of a Fool (2:15)
  12. 12 You and Your Sweet Love (3:01)
  13. 13 A Good Year for the Roses (3:05)
  14. 14 I'll Follow You (Up to Our Cloud) (2:38)
  15. 15 With Half a Heart (2:22)
  16. 16 A Good Old Fashioned Cry (2:52)
  17. 17 Imitation of Love (2:40)
  18. 18 You're Still on My Mind (2:17)
  19. 19 Open Pit Mine (3:13)
  20. 20 Poor Little Rich Boy (2:44)
  21. 21 My Favorite Lies (2:44)
  22. 22 The Old, Old House (2:40)
  23. 23 There's No Justice (2:32)
  24. 24 I Made Leaving (Easy for You) (2:49)
  25. 25 Brothers of the Bottle (2:50)
  26. 26 Late Getting Home (2:43)
  27. 27 They'll Never Take Her Love from Me (2:40)
  28. 28 Lifetime to Regret (2:48)
  29. 29 You Put Living Back in Life (2:21)
  30. 30 She's Lonesome Again (2:39)
  31. 31 You Gotta Be My Baby (2:25)
  32. 32 Wrong Number (2:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Wouldn't Know About That (2:11)
  2. 2 Yearning (3:14)
  3. 3 Would It Do Me Any Good (2:29)
  4. 4 Someone Sweet to Love (2:14)
  5. 5 Sometimes You Just Can't Win (2:22)
  6. 6 Right Won't Touch a Hand (2:09)
  7. 7 Getting Over the Storm (3:30)
  8. 8 Wrapped Around Her Finger (2:50)
  9. 9 I Can Still See Him in Your Eyes (2:47)
  10. 10 Fightin' Side of Me (2:35)
  11. 11 Come Sundown (3:01)
  12. 12 Knock Three Times (2:16)
  13. 13 The Last One to Touch Me (3:26)
  14. 14 Free as a Breeze (2:05)
  15. 15 After You (3:28)
  16. 16 Love Makes It Alright (2:54)
  17. 17 Saginaw Michigan (2:51)
  18. 18 Who'll Turn out the Lights (2:42)
  19. 19 Hello Darlin' (2:56)
  20. 20 High on the Thought of You (2:22)
  21. 21 You Made a Believer out of Me (2:06)
  22. 22 I Fall in Love Everyday (2:28)
  23. 23 Get Some Loving Done (2:07)
  24. 24 Our Love Is Forever (2:38)
  25. 25 Everything's Gonna Be Alright (2:10)
  26. 26 Will I Ever Love Again (3:12)
  27. 27 I Had You (2:32)
  28. 28 My Special Memory (2:31)
  29. 29 Everytime I Think of You (2:50)
  30. 30 She's More of a Woman (2:56)
  31. 31 Heaven Made Women (2:00)
  32. 32 I Can Love You Enough (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Jones Primary Artist
Johnny Paycheck Vocals, Guest Appearance
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Tammy Wynette Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
The 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 Mastering, 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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