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

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

by George Jones

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 sixSee more details below


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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Disc 1

  1. She Thinks I Still Care  - George Jones
  2. Root Beer  - George Jones
  3. Three's a Crowd  - George Jones
  4. Poor Little Rich Boy  - George Jones
  5. Sometimes You Just Can't Win  - George Jones
  6. Running Bear  - George Jones
  7. She Once Lived Here  - George Jones
  8. Open Pit Mine  - George Jones
  9. Imitation of Love  - George Jones
  10. Beggar to a King  - George Jones
  11. Best Guitar Picker  - George Jones
  12. What Am I Worth  - George Jones
  13. There's No Justice  - George Jones
  14. I Saw Me  - George Jones
  15. Geronimo  - George Jones
  16. Peace in the Valley  - George Jones
  17. Bubbles in My Beer  - George Jones
  18. Faded Love  - George Jones
  19. Roly Poly  - George Jones
  20. Trouble in Mind  - George Jones
  21. Take Me Back to Tulsa  - George Jones
  22. The Warm Red Wine  - George Jones
  23. Time Changes Everything  - George Jones
  24. Worried Mind  - George Jones
  25. Silver Dew on the Bluegrass Tonight  - George Jones
  26. San Antonio Rose  - George Jones
  27. Homecoming in Heaven  - George Jones
  28. My Cup Runneth Over  - George Jones
  29. Wandering Soul  - George Jones
  30. He's So Good to Me  - George Jones
  31. Magic Valley  - George Jones
  32. Kneel at the Feet of Jesus  - George Jones

Disc 2

  1. It's a Sin  - George Jones
  2. The Precious Jewel  - George Jones
  3. I Could Never Be Ashamed of You  - George Jones
  4. Yes I Know Why  - George Jones
  5. Give My Love to Rose  - George Jones
  6. The Same Sweet Girl  - George Jones
  7. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes  - George Jones
  8. Wings of a Dove  - George Jones
  9. A Little Bitty Tear  - George Jones
  10. Beacon in the Night  - George Jones
  11. Matthew Twenty Four  - George Jones
  12. He Made Me Free  - George Jones
  13. Someone's Watching Over You  - George Jones
  14. Mansion on the Hill  - George Jones
  15. Take These Chains from My Heart  - George Jones
  16. Wedding Bells  - George Jones
  17. I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep  - George Jones
  18. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'  - George Jones
  19. You Win Again  - George Jones
  20. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)  - George Jones
  21. Lonesome Whistle  - George Jones
  22. A House Without Love  - George Jones
  23. Your Cheatin' Heart  - George Jones
  24. They'll Never Take Her Love from Me  - George Jones
  25. Steel Guitar Rag  - George Jones
  26. Big Beaver  - George Jones
  27. A Gilr I Used to Know  - George Jones
  28. Lonesome Life  - George Jones
  29. Big Fool of the Year  - George Jones
  30. Not What I Had in Mind  - George Jones

Disc 3

  1. Lonely Christmas Call  - George Jones
  2. My Mom and Santa Claus (Twistin' Santa Claus)  - George Jones
  3. Not What I Had in Mind  - George Jones
  4. I Saw Me  - George Jones
  5. Wrong Number  - George Jones
  6. The Old Old House  - George Jones
  7. I Can't Change Overnight  - George Jones
  8. World's Worst Loser  - George Jones
  9. Every Time I Look at You  - George Jones
  10. Seasons of My Heart  - George Jones
  11. Ain't It Funny What a Fool Will Do  - George Jones
  12. You Comb Her Hair  - George Jones
  13. I Wish Tonight Would Never End  - George Jones
  14. In the Shadow of a Lie  - George Jones
  15. She's Lonesome Again  - George Jones
  16. Your Kind of Loving Won't Do  - George Jones
  17. Lonesome Old Town  - George Jones
  18. I'll Never Let Go of You  - George Jones
  19. Jonesy  - George Jones
  20. Forgive Me Now  - George Jones
  21. You Done Me Wrong  - George Jones
  22. Color of the Blues  - George Jones
  23. Cuttin' a Rug  - George Jones
  24. A Real Close Friend  - George Jones
  25. I Won't Love You Anymore  - George Jones
  26. Ragged But Right  - George Jones
  27. It Scares Me Half to Death  - George Jones
  28. A Rose from a Bride's Bouquet  - George Jones
  29. When Your House Is Not a Home  - George Jones
  30. I'm Just Blue Enough  - George Jones
  31. Just When I Needed You  - George Jones
  32. My Heart's Bouquet  - George Jones

Disc 4

  1. We Could  - George Jones
  2. Take Me as I Am  - George Jones
  3. Where Did the Sunshine Go  - George Jones
  4. Making the Rounds  - George Jones
  5. I've Just Got to See You Once More  - George Jones
  6. Lovin' Lies  - George Jones
  7. Let's Invite Them Over  - Melba Montgomery
  8. What's in Our Hearts  - Melba Montgomery
  9. Suppose Tonight Would Be Our Last  - Melba Montgomery
  10. I Let You Go  - Melba Montgomery
  11. Afraid  - Melba Montgomery
  12. Multiply the Heartaches  - George Jones
  13. Don't Go  - George Jones
  14. There's a Friend in the Way  - George Jones
  15. She's My Mother  - George Jones
  16. Alabama  - George Jones
  17. The Race Is On  - George Jones
  18. Flame in My Heart  - Melba Montgomery
  19. We Must Have Been out of Our Minds  - Melba Montgomery
  20. Now Tell Me  - Melba Montgomery
  21. Until Then  - Melba Montgomery
  22. Your Heart Turned Left (And I Was on the Right)  - George Jones
  23. Something I Dreamed  - George Jones
  24. My Tears Are Overdue  - George Jones
  25. I Get Lonely in a Hurry  - George Jones

Disc 5

  1. Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus  - Melba Montgomery
  2. I'll Be There to Welcome You Home  - Melba Montgomery
  3. Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms  - Melba Montgomery
  4. Blue Moon of Kentucky  - Melba Montgomery
  5. House of Gold  - Melba Montgomery
  6. I Can't Get Over You  - Melba Montgomery
  7. Dixieland for Me  - Melba Montgomery
  8. Once More  - Melba Montgomery
  9. Will There Ever Be Another  - Melba Montgomery
  10. Will There Ever Be Another  - Melba Montgomery
  11. I'd Jump the Mississippi  - Melba Montgomery
  12. Please Be My Love  - Melba Montgomery
  13. I'd Dreamed My Baby Came Home  - Melba Montgomery
  14. Brown to Blue  - George Jones
  15. Without a Reason  - George Jones
  16. Where Does a Little Tear Come From  - George Jones
  17. What's Money  - George Jones
  18. Wouldn't It Be Something  - George Jones
  19. Let's Go Home  - George Jones
  20. Please Talk to My Heart  - George Jones
  21. Gonna Have a Little Talk with You Friend  - George Jones
  22. I've Been Known to Cry  - George Jones
  23. A Good Old Fashion Cry  - George Jones
  24. Book of Memories  - George Jones
  25. Is This How a Broken Heart Dies  - George Jones
  26. Holiday for Love  - George Jones
  27. Gold and Silver  - George Jones
  28. Love's Gonna Live Here  - George Jones
  29. She's Mine  - George Jones
  30. I'm Gonna Change Everything  - George Jones
  31. Least of All  - George Jones

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist,Vocals
Melba Montgomery   Vocals
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   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 and His Texas Playboys   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
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 Hülsenbeck   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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