Heartbreak Hotel: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

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

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127168580
  • Catalog Number: 16858
  • Sales rank: 199,054

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
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
Thomas Clinton "T. Tommy" Cutrer Drums
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, 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
Christian Zwarg Mastering
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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