The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If any artist cried out for a cross-licensed, multi-label retrospective, it was George Jones. When Epic/Legacy released the double-disc The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country in 1994, he had recorded for no less than six labels -- in chronological order: Starday, Mercury, United Artists, Musicor, Epic, MCA since then, he's added two more labels: Elektra and BNA/RCA -- over the course of four decades, a discographical nightmare if there ever was one. The Spirit of Country was the first and, to date, only to attempt a serious, multi-label overview of George Jones' lengthy career, and while it has a few flaws, it nevertheless is indeed essential as an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If any artist cried out for a cross-licensed, multi-label retrospective, it was George Jones. When Epic/Legacy released the double-disc The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country in 1994, he had recorded for no less than six labels -- in chronological order: Starday, Mercury, United Artists, Musicor, Epic, MCA since then, he's added two more labels: Elektra and BNA/RCA -- over the course of four decades, a discographical nightmare if there ever was one. The Spirit of Country was the first and, to date, only to attempt a serious, multi-label overview of George Jones' lengthy career, and while it has a few flaws, it nevertheless is indeed essential as an overview of his prolific work, tracing his hits from 1955's "Why Baby Why" to 1989's wonderful "The King Is Gone And So Are You." That means there's nothing from his MCA records here, but that's not a major problem, since his peak ended when he left Epic, and that entire peak is chronicled here. It is not chronicled evenhandedly, though. Starday and Mercury account for the first seven tracks, then UA is rushed through in three cuts, before moving to five Musicor sides including "A Good Year for the Roses," previously unavailable on CD. This means the '50s and '60s are finished in 15 tracks, with the remaining 29 songs all from his Epic work of the '70s and '80s. This is a bit of an imbalance, and it's hard not to wish that some of the missing songs -- whether it's "What Am I Worth" or "Things Have Gone to Pieces" -- were here, but, that said, there are no truly essential items missing from his pre-Epic sides. As far as the Epic material is concerned, the 1982 collection Anniversary may have arranged the material in a more dramatic fashion, but 14 of that record's 22 songs are here, including all the really big hits, although there are enough great songs absent -- "Nothing Ever Hurt Me Half as Bad as Losing You," "What My Woman Can't Do," "The Battle," and "Memories of Us" -- to still make that collection necessary much as Rhino's The Best of George Jones [1955-1967] still serves a valuable need. But, this set not only has songs unavailable on other collections, it does do its job very well, providing the best available overview of George Jones' career. It might not have everything, but it has all the important sides, and there simply isn't a better way to get acquainted with George Jones than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5099749157323
  • Catalog Number: 867049
  • Sales rank: 96,173

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why Baby Why (2:17)
  2. 2 Just One More (2:44)
  3. 3 Color of the Blues (2:53)
  4. 4 White Lightning (2:48)
  5. 5 Who Shot Sam (2:27)
  6. 6 The Window Up Above (2:36)
  7. 7 Tender Years (2:27)
  8. 8 She Thinks I Still Care (2:36)
  9. 9 We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds - Melba Montgomery (2:42)
  10. 10 The Race Is On (2:09)
  11. 11 Love Bug (2:01)
  12. 12 I'm a People (2:12)
  13. 13 Walk Through This World With Me (2:18)
  14. 14 If My Heart Had Windows (2:47)
  15. 15 A Good Year for the Roses (3:05)
  16. 16 We Can Make It (2:07)
  17. 17 The Ceremony - Tammy Wynette (3:09)
  18. 18 Loving You Could Never Be Better (3:06)
  19. 19 A Picture of Me (Without You) (2:34)
  20. 20 We're Gonna Hold On - Tammy Wynette (2:59)
  21. 21 Once You've Had the Best (2:41)
  22. 22 The Grand Tour (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Door (2:44)
  2. 2 These Days (I Barely Get By) (3:03)
  3. 3 Golden Ring (3:04)
  4. 4 Her Name Is... (2:21)
  5. 5 Near You - Tammy Wynette (2:24)
  6. 6 Bartender's Blues - James Taylor (3:46)
  7. 7 Maybelline (2:21)
  8. 8 Two Story House - Tammy Wynette (2:43)
  9. 9 He Stopped Loving Her Today (3:19)
  10. 10 I'm Not Ready Yet (3:00)
  11. 11 If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will) (3:12)
  12. 12 Still Doin' Time (2:51)
  13. 13 Same Ole Me (2:54)
  14. 14 Yesterday's Wine (3:16)
  15. 15 I Always Get Lucky With You (3:20)
  16. 16 Tennessee Whiskey (2:54)
  17. 17 We Didn't See a Thing - Ray Charles (2:13)
  18. 18 She's My Rock (2:29)
  19. 19 Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes (3:19)
  20. 20 Wine Colored Roses (3:20)
  21. 21 I'm a One Woman Man (2:17)
  22. 22 The King Is Gone (So Are You) (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Jones Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Chet Atkins Track Performer
Merle Haggard Vocals, Track Performer
Melba Montgomery Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Paycheck Vocals, Track Performer
Tammy Wynette Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Charles Track Performer
James Taylor Track Performer
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Contributor
Clint Black Author
Garth Brooks Author
Joe Diffie Author
Merle Haggard Composer
Johnny Horton Composer
George Jones Composer, Contributor
Patty Loveless Author
Willie Nelson Producer
Paul Overstreet Composer
Johnny Paycheck Composer
Travis Tritt Author
Tammy Wynette Composer, Author
Elvis Costello Author
James Taylor Composer
Ray Jackson Composer
Carmol Taylor Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer
Gary Church Composer
Pappy Daily Producer
Dallas Frazier Composer
A.L. Owens Composer
Freddy Powers Composer
Curly Putman Composer
George Richey Composer
Don Rollins Composer
Billy Sherrill Composer, Producer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Curtis Wayne Composer
Norro Wilson Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Francis Craig Composer
Tillman Franks Composer
Wayne Kemp Composer
Hope Chasin Packaging Manager
Julian Peploe Art Direction
Slick Lawson Cover Photo
Rick Beresford Composer
Robert Constanzo Packaging Manager
Rob Goellner Composer
Karl Sanders Composer
Darrell Edwards Composer
David Lindsay Composer
Dickey Lee Lipscomb Composer
Jenny Strickland Composer
Gene Dobbins Composer
Glenn Tubb Composer
Tex Whitson Composer
John Moffatt Composer
Steve Duffy Composer
Roger D. Ferris Composer
Dennis Knutson Composer
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