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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The first posthumous release from George Jones is an archival release that was planned prior to his death in April 2013. Amazing Grace excavates a gospel album Jones recorded in 2002 with his longtime producer and collaborator Billy Sherrill. The two parted ways in 1991 when Jones jumped from Epic to MCA. Around the same time, Sherrill slipped into retirement and by most accounts he wasn't much interested in returning to the studio, but George convinced him to produce a collection of gospel tunes. Although Jones had released several gospel albums over the years -- Homecoming in Heaven appeared on UA in 1962; ten years later We Love to Sing About Jesus appeared ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The first posthumous release from George Jones is an archival release that was planned prior to his death in April 2013. Amazing Grace excavates a gospel album Jones recorded in 2002 with his longtime producer and collaborator Billy Sherrill. The two parted ways in 1991 when Jones jumped from Epic to MCA. Around the same time, Sherrill slipped into retirement and by most accounts he wasn't much interested in returning to the studio, but George convinced him to produce a collection of gospel tunes. Although Jones had released several gospel albums over the years -- Homecoming in Heaven appeared on UA in 1962; ten years later We Love to Sing About Jesus appeared on Epic -- but what turned into 2003's The Gospel Collection were his first dedicated album sessions for religious work, which is noteworthy but perhaps not as noteworthy as it being the last time Jones and Sherrill worked together. Although the production is perhaps a shade too crisp and clean, all of Sherrill's hallmarks are in place -- this is dramatic and lush, filled with crystalline guitars, echoing pianos, and creamy backing vocals -- providing a nice coda to their historic collaboration. Amazing Grace contains half of the 24 songs originally released on the 2003 double-disc The Gospel Collection (and one tune, "Great Judgement Morning," is a Brian Ahern production from 1994), but it gets these very, very nice and thoroughly underappreciated recordings back into circulation, which is a good start to Jones' posthumous career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Welk Records
  • UPC: 015707834025
  • Catalog Number: 783402
  • Sales rank: 20,899

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Jones Primary Artist
Marty Stuart Mandolin
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Gary Prim Keyboards
Brian Ahern Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Mark Ivey Background Vocals
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes Bass
Gordon Stoker Background Vocals
Bruce Watkins Acoustic Guitar
Bergen White Background Vocals
John Willis Electric Guitar
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Michael Black Background Vocals
Louis Nunley Background Vocals
Sheri Copeland Background Vocals
Ray Walker Background Vocals
John Hughy Steel Guitar
Millie Kirkum Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Brian Ahern Producer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Ken Love Mastering
Jim Shea Cover Photo
Billy Sherrill Producer, Engineer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Tony Castle Engineer
Traditional Composer
Susan Nadler Executive Producer
Evelyn Shriver Executive Producer
Thomas Dorsey Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    George Jones and his CD Amazing Grace

    George Jones was/is my favorite singer of any of the classic country music legends. I love anything he sang. When I heard Amazing Grace was going to be coming out I knew I had to have it. I am so very glad I got it. The songs are some of the best gospel songs there are and George sings them with a purity and just plain honesty that only he, with his voice, can do. I recommend this CD for anyone who knows a great song and singer. You won't ever regret it.

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