She Thinks I Still Care: The Complete United Artists Recordings, 1962-1964 [Bear Family

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
George Jones was at United Artists for just three years -- and in those three years he recorded enough music to fill the five discs of Bear Family's She Thinks I Still Care: The Complete United Artists Recordings, 1962-1964. That's an amazing stat in itself, and it becomes even more remarkable when you consider that of the 150 songs on this box just six are previously unreleased, a miniscule number for a set this size, testament to how thoroughly the vaults were plundered, not just via CD reissues but at the time, when new George Jones albums appeared in a frenzied flood that did not abate until after he parted ways with Pappy Daily in the '70s, after a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
George Jones was at United Artists for just three years -- and in those three years he recorded enough music to fill the five discs of Bear Family's She Thinks I Still Care: The Complete United Artists Recordings, 1962-1964. That's an amazing stat in itself, and it becomes even more remarkable when you consider that of the 150 songs on this box just six are previously unreleased, a miniscule number for a set this size, testament to how thoroughly the vaults were plundered, not just via CD reissues but at the time, when new George Jones albums appeared in a frenzied flood that did not abate until after he parted ways with Pappy Daily in the '70s, after a five-year stint with Musicor. That stint with Musicor remains largely ignored -- partially due to legal reasons it simply hasn't been reissued, but as Rich Kienzle points out in his liner notes to this set, "Musicor grossly over-recorded him," so it's harder to sort out -- but these UA recordings have almost all seen the light of day on CD, compiled in a set of highlights for Razor & Tie, which also issued a bunch of these proper albums during the '90s. As such, there isn't much of a sense of discovery on She Thinks I Still Care, but discovery often isn't the point of Bear Family boxes such as these. Context is, and revelations are often present in how familiar music is presented anew in these sets, and such is the case with this set. During his time at United Artists, George started turning into a slicker star than he was at Mercury. The productions got bigger, the music got sillier, the packaging got slicker -- he recycled "White Lightning" as "Root Beer," he did historical numbers in the vein of Johnny Horton, he improbably cut a twist number aimed at the rock & roll market, he recorded Christmas novelties, he sang seemingly countless songs written by J.P. Richardson, aka the Big Bopper, a pal of Pappy's who provided him with countless ditties for his acts to sing. Many of these made their way to his biggest star, George, and as always it's hard to tell whether Jones chose these songs to sing, or if he just sang everything that was presented to him. The sheer number of sides he cut at UA and Musicor suggests that he simply sang whatever came his way, exercising his control by directing sessions, making the records as good as they could be. Given the source material, this sometimes resulted in little more than appealing fluff, but it was appealing, as Jones always sang with conviction, no matter what kind of song was at hand. As She Thinks I Still Care indicates, George sang more poppy material at UA than he did at Mercury, but sometimes he struck an ideal balance between hardcore country and pop, particularly the storming "The Race Is On," a riotous classic that rivaled "She Thinks I Still Care" as his biggest hit for UA. Even with these two major crossover hits and the occasional cornball production, George spent a significant amount of time at UA cutting purer, harder country music, ranging from a bunch of gospel tunes to outright tributes to such heroes as Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and Little Jimmy Dickens. These tributes are some of his finest music -- the Hank is lean and cool, the Wills as wide-open and swaggering as Texas thanks in part to the inclusion of some prime instrumentals, too, the Jimmy Dickens side-stepping novelties to zero in on his hardest country. Each of these records was the kind of standard-issue classic country LP -- no more than ten or 12 tracks that in total clock in at a half-hour -- that is easy to underrate as they're so tight and easy to enjoy and in George's case, he made so many of them they're easy to take for granted, but when heard on this set, they form a strong core for Jones' UA work, especially when they're taken together with his duets with Melba Montgomery. Many including the man himself rank these as Jones' best duets ever, putting them above his work with Tammy Wynette collaborations, when in truth they're kind of hard to compare -- not only are they different from the lush, dramatic work with Tammy, they're quite a bit different than any other country he ever did, occasionally veering into the pile-driving intensity of bluegrass. These hard country numbers form the heart of George's UA recordings, and their spirit bled into even some of his hit singles of the era, such as the desolate "Open Pit Mine," but most of his charting singles found Jones smoother, developing his ballad style, best represented by the stone classic "She Thinks I Still Care." This all can be heard on hits comps -- including Razor & Tie's fine double-disc UA overview of the same name -- but what makes this Bear Family box valuable is how it's not only these hard country, novelties, and barroom ballads that surface; there's also Western swing, bluegrass, gospel, holiday tunes, even that twisting oddity. Not all of this is good, but George's performances always are. It often seems that George would sing anything put in front of him and sing it well -- in some ways, that's a detriment, as there's such a surplus of material, but it also gives fanatics plenty of minor moments to cherish, whether it's in neglected gems or mere turns of phase. Even so, it's hard to deny that Pappy Daily and Art Talmadage -- the head of UA who would later depart to form Musicor and, when he did, Daily and Jones followed right along -- treated George Jones as a mere commodity. While that resulted in too much music, much of it is saved by George's brilliant, intuitive performances, an almost accidental art that turns out to give even the fluff some permanence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127168184
  • Catalog Number: 2716818
  • Sales rank: 66,142

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She Thinks I Still Care (2:34)
  2. 2 Root Beer (2:41)
  3. 3 Three's a Crowd (2:20)
  4. 4 Poor Little Rich Boy (2:23)
  5. 5 Sometimes You Just Can't Win (2:42)
  6. 6 Running Bear (2:29)
  7. 7 She Once Lived Here (2:17)
  8. 8 Open Pit Mine (3:09)
  9. 9 Imitation of Love (2:28)
  10. 10 Beggar to a King (2:40)
  11. 11 Best Guitar Picker (2:42)
  12. 12 What Am I Worth (2:08)
  13. 13 There's No Justice (2:11)
  14. 14 I Saw Me (3:14)
  15. 15 Geronimo (2:02)
  16. 16 Peace in the Valley (2:39)
  17. 17 Bubbles in My Beer (2:20)
  18. 18 Faded Love (2:40)
  19. 19 Roly Poly (1:52)
  20. 20 Trouble in Mind (2:07)
  21. 21 Take Me Back to Tulsa (1:54)
  22. 22 The Warm Red Wine (2:33)
  23. 23 Time Changes Everything (2:54)
  24. 24 Worried Mind (2:18)
  25. 25 Silver Dew on the Bluegrass Tonight (2:22)
  26. 26 San Antonio Rose (2:47)
  27. 27 Homecoming in Heaven (2:28)
  28. 28 My Cup Runneth Over (2:42)
  29. 29 Wandering Soul (2:27)
  30. 30 He's So Good to Me (2:01)
  31. 31 Magic Valley (2:18)
  32. 32 Kneel at the Feet of Jesus (2:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's a Sin (2:12)
  2. 2 The Precious Jewel (2:25)
  3. 3 I Could Never Be Ashamed of You (2:24)
  4. 4 Yes I Know Why (1:50)
  5. 5 Give My Love to Rose (3:04)
  6. 6 The Same Sweet Girl (2:40)
  7. 7 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes (2:28)
  8. 8 Wings of a Dove (2:03)
  9. 9 A Little Bitty Tear (1:50)
  10. 10 Beacon in the Night (1:50)
  11. 11 Matthew Twenty Four (2:18)
  12. 12 He Made Me Free (2:38)
  13. 13 Someone's Watching Over You (2:25)
  14. 14 Mansion on the Hill (2:24)
  15. 15 Take These Chains from My Heart (2:22)
  16. 16 Wedding Bells (2:56)
  17. 17 I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep (2:13)
  18. 18 I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin' (2:32)
  19. 19 You Win Again (2:28)
  20. 20 You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) (2:13)
  21. 21 Lonesome Whistle (2:23)
  22. 22 A House Without Love (2:26)
  23. 23 Your Cheatin' Heart (2:30)
  24. 24 They'll Never Take Her Love from Me (2:30)
  25. 25 Steel Guitar Rag (2:22)
  26. 26 Big Beaver (2:37)
  27. 27 A Gilr I Used to Know (2:41)
  28. 28 Lonesome Life (2:39)
  29. 29 Big Fool of the Year (2:29)
  30. 30 Not What I Had in Mind (2:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Lonely Christmas Call (2:25)
  2. 2 My Mom and Santa Claus (Twistin' Santa Claus) (2:32)
  3. 3 Not What I Had in Mind (2:40)
  4. 4 I Saw Me (2:47)
  5. 5 Wrong Number (2:34)
  6. 6 The Old Old House (2:29)
  7. 7 I Can't Change Overnight (2:31)
  8. 8 World's Worst Loser (2:39)
  9. 9 Every Time I Look at You (2:07)
  10. 10 Seasons of My Heart (2:50)
  11. 11 Ain't It Funny What a Fool Will Do (2:22)
  12. 12 You Comb Her Hair (2:41)
  13. 13 I Wish Tonight Would Never End (2:18)
  14. 14 In the Shadow of a Lie (2:48)
  15. 15 She's Lonesome Again (2:10)
  16. 16 Your Kind of Loving Won't Do (2:26)
  17. 17 Lonesome Old Town (2:12)
  18. 18 I'll Never Let Go of You (2:20)
  19. 19 Jonesy (2:05)
  20. 20 Forgive Me Now (2:17)
  21. 21 You Done Me Wrong (2:05)
  22. 22 Color of the Blues (2:50)
  23. 23 Cuttin' a Rug (1:58)
  24. 24 A Real Close Friend (2:45)
  25. 25 I Won't Love You Anymore (2:22)
  26. 26 Ragged But Right (2:16)
  27. 27 It Scares Me Half to Death (2:38)
  28. 28 A Rose from a Bride's Bouquet (2:42)
  29. 29 When Your House Is Not a Home (2:27)
  30. 30 I'm Just Blue Enough (2:20)
  31. 31 Just When I Needed You (2:48)
  32. 32 My Heart's Bouquet (2:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1 We Could (2:28)
  2. 2 Take Me as I Am (2:34)
  3. 3 Where Did the Sunshine Go (2:43)
  4. 4 Making the Rounds (2:21)
  5. 5 I've Just Got to See You Once More (2:22)
  6. 6 Lovin' Lies (2:39)
  7. 7 Let's Invite Them Over - Melba Montgomery (2:11)
  8. 8 What's in Our Hearts - Melba Montgomery (2:41)
  9. 9 Suppose Tonight Would Be Our Last - Melba Montgomery (2:36)
  10. 10 I Let You Go - Melba Montgomery (2:39)
  11. 11 Afraid - Melba Montgomery (2:10)
  12. 12 Multiply the Heartaches (2:22)
  13. 13 Don't Go (2:22)
  14. 14 There's a Friend in the Way (2:08)
  15. 15 She's My Mother (2:41)
  16. 16 Alabama (2:43)
  17. 17 The Race Is On (2:07)
  18. 18 Flame in My Heart - Melba Montgomery (2:30)
  19. 19 We Must Have Been out of Our Minds - Melba Montgomery (2:38)
  20. 20 Now Tell Me - Melba Montgomery (2:45)
  21. 21 Until Then - Melba Montgomery (2:37)
  22. 22 Your Heart Turned Left (And I Was on the Right) (2:15)
  23. 23 Something I Dreamed (2:41)
  24. 24 My Tears Are Overdue (2:28)
  25. 25 I Get Lonely in a Hurry (2:27)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus - Melba Montgomery (2:19)
  2. 2 I'll Be There to Welcome You Home - Melba Montgomery (2:06)
  3. 3 Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Melba Montgomery (2:07)
  4. 4 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Melba Montgomery (2:27)
  5. 5 House of Gold - Melba Montgomery (2:32)
  6. 6 I Can't Get Over You - Melba Montgomery (2:15)
  7. 7 Dixieland for Me - Melba Montgomery (2:05)
  8. 8 Once More - Melba Montgomery (2:19)
  9. 9 Will There Ever Be Another - Melba Montgomery (2:24)
  10. 10 Will There Ever Be Another - Melba Montgomery (2:23)
  11. 11 I'd Jump the Mississippi - Melba Montgomery (2:19)
  12. 12 Please Be My Love - Melba Montgomery (2:31)
  13. 13 I'd Dreamed My Baby Came Home - Melba Montgomery (2:10)
  14. 14 Brown to Blue (2:41)
  15. 15 Without a Reason (2:28)
  16. 16 Where Does a Little Tear Come From (2:35)
  17. 17 What's Money (2:39)
  18. 18 Wouldn't It Be Something (2:36)
  19. 19 Let's Go Home (2:15)
  20. 20 Please Talk to My Heart (2:49)
  21. 21 Gonna Have a Little Talk with You Friend (2:12)
  22. 22 I've Been Known to Cry (2:19)
  23. 23 A Good Old Fashion Cry (2:31)
  24. 24 Book of Memories (2:45)
  25. 25 Is This How a Broken Heart Dies (2:28)
  26. 26 Holiday for Love (2:00)
  27. 27 Gold and Silver (2:30)
  28. 28 Love's Gonna Live Here (2:15)
  29. 29 She's Mine (2:41)
  30. 30 I'm Gonna Change Everything (2:22)
  31. 31 Least of All (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Jones Primary Artist, Vocals
Melba Montgomery Vocals
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Red Rhodes Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Shot Jackson Dobro
Curtis McPeake Banjo
Johnny Western Guitar, Leader
Ray Edenton Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Howard Roberts Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle, Leader
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Technical Credits
Roy Acuff Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Johnny Horton Composer
Sonny James Composer
George Jones Arranger, Composer
Hank Locklin Composer
Melba Montgomery Arranger, Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Onie Wheeler Composer
Zeb Turner Composer
Freddie Hart Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Justin Tubb Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Johnny Western Composer
Joe Allison Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Pappy Daily Producer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Bob Ferguson Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Webb Pierce Composer
J.P. Richardson Composer
Don Rollins Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Alex Zanetis Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Rich Kienzle Biographical Notes
Hal Rugg Composer
Lawton Williams Composer
Bobby Austin Composer
Autry Inman Composer
Clyde Beavers Composer
Claude Boone Composer
Lonnie Glosson Composer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Jurgen Koop Illustrations
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Dickey Lee Lipscomb Composer
Clyde Beaver Composer
June Davis Composer
Clark VanNess Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Traditional Composer
Carl Montgomery Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Restoration, Photo Scanning
Mohns Mohnssen Illustrations
Pete Hunter Composer
Steve Duffy Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay Illustrations
Eddie Hallowell Composer
D.T. Gentry Composer
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