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Heartbreak Hotel: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
     

Heartbreak Hotel: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

by George Jones
 
George Jones' name is synonymous with pure country so the very concept behind Bear Family's 2011 compilation Heartbreak Hotel: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight might strike some as odd. Unlike so many collections of George's recordings for Starday, Mercury, and United Artists, this pushes the honky tonk to the back burner, favoring all the rockabilly and country

Overview

George Jones' name is synonymous with pure country so the very concept behind Bear Family's 2011 compilation Heartbreak Hotel: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight might strike some as odd. Unlike so many collections of George's recordings for Starday, Mercury, and United Artists, this pushes the honky tonk to the back burner, favoring all the rockabilly and country boogie Jones cut early in his career. Turns out, this is quite a bit -- 35 tracks by Bear Family's count, including a couple of big hits like "Tall Tall Trees," "White Lightnin'," and "Who Shot Sam," along with tracks that often pop up on Mercury recordings, but this also has rockabilly singles George recorded under the name Thumper Jones and very rare, previously un-reissued sides he recorded for Starday's budget-line fly-by-night Dixie label, where he covered hits of the day like Johnny Horton's "One Woman Man" and Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." On that, George gamely adopts some of Elvis' loose-legged mannerisms and that goes a long way in explaining the sensibility of this collection. Even when Jones is singing about Jesus, this is tremendously fun, wild music, sometimes rocking really hard -- the opening alternate take of "Rock It" careens madly -- sometimes getting absurdly silly, sometimes just laying back as George sings a bit of the blues. Most of all, Heartbreak Hotel does the rarest of things: it surprises, not because it does dig up some rarities -- and it does, which may be enough for hardcore collectors -- but because of the context. By putting all these rocking sides in one place, Bear Family reveals that George Jones isn't only a consummate country crooner but one of the wildest rockabilly cats, and that's why Heartbreak Hotel is absolutely essential.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2011
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127168580
catalogNumber:
16858
Rank:
120660

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Glenn Barber   Acoustic Guitar
Buddy Killen   Bass
Herb Remington   Steel Guitar
T. Tommy Cutrer   Drums
Floyd Robinson   Guitar
Margie Singleton   Vocals
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
Dewey Meadows   Piano
Tom Pritchard   Bass
Earl Caruthers   Fiddle
Joe "Red" Hayes   Fiddle
Frank Juricek   Steel Guitar
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland   Guitar
Kenneth Allen "Little Red" Hayes   Fiddle
Tony Sepolio   Fiddle
Milburn Winston "Bernie" Annett   Piano
Lew Frisby   Bass
Grover C. "Shorty" Lavender   Fiddle
Bob Heppler   Bass
Harold F. "Hal" Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Earl Aycock   Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Biggar   Steel Guitar
Harold Ray Bradley   Guitar
Charles "Doc" Lewis   Piano
Ernest D. "Ernie" Hunter   Fiddle

Technical Credits

George Jones   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Ray Jackson   Composer
Billy Cox   Composer
Pappy Daily   Producer
Jerry Kennedy   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Don Pierce   Producer
Wayne Raney   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Shelby Singleton   Producer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Sonny Jones   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Benny Barnes   Composer
Joe Carson   Composer
Margie Singleton   Composer
Murray Stein   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Tommy Durden   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
H.W. Bud Daily   Producer
Howard Hausey   Composer
Joe "Red" Hayes   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Nico Feuerbach   Reissue Producer
Donny Young   Composer
Jack Starns   Producer
Jimmie Fox   Composer
H.G. Dee Marais   Composer
Sid Kassel   Composer

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