The Rock

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by George Jones

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Time is George Jones's great ally, because the longer he hangs around planet Earth, the better the records he makes. Not as dark and foreboding as 1999's Cold Hard Truth, one of Possum's grandest moments, The Rock nonetheless offers more than a few object lessons in country singing that cuts to and through the bone. What


Time is George Jones's great ally, because the longer he hangs around planet Earth, the better the records he makes. Not as dark and foreboding as 1999's Cold Hard Truth, one of Possum's grandest moments, The Rock nonetheless offers more than a few object lessons in country singing that cuts to and through the bone. What Jones does with Karen Staley's honky-tonk tearjerker "Half Over You," is bound to break hearts up and down the line as Jones describes the forlorn first moments after a love affair goes south. "I Am" is one of the more curious entries in the Jones oeuvre, being the story of a man unable to do anything but live up to the archetype of the modern male as strong, silent, and emotionally reserved. But the anguish in the measured doses of Jones's phrasing, so emblematic of the expectations he wants to buck, is so palpable and chilling that you listen over and over to be sure you heard what you think you heard. "What I Didn't Do" is an exercise in self-loathing that rivals the searing revelations of his previous album's title track, a litany of failings that wrecked a relationship. And the atmospheric, fiddle- and pedal steel-fired evocation of the Hank Williams legend in Billy Joe Shaver's "Tramp on Your Street" is the perfect honky-tonk finale to another Jones tour de force. Of course there's time for tomfoolery, especially in the form of a rambunctious duet with Garth Brooks on "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)." But oh, those stone-cold hard truths about the way we live our lives --- you don't get over The Rock easily.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One album with Asylum was enough for "the Possum," and even if The Cold Hard Truth's mastermind Keth Stegall has been retained for a couple of cuts on The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001 (possibly the most awkward title of any George Jones record), it's clear that the pure hardcore country of that album has been abandoned for a refined, commercialized version of that sound. That's not entirely a bad thing, since this is hardly as compromised an album as High-Tech Redneck and, by and large, the material is good. But, apart from the last-minute addition of the Garth Brooks duet "Beer Run," few of the songs really stand out -- they all occupy a pleasant midlevel that sounds good while playing but doesn't really register in memory. That still doesn't hurt the record, since it's unencumbered by unnecessary superstar duets and is appealingly lean, but it is the kind of record for the dedicated believers who like to hear Jones performing cleanly as a professional. Not really something to celebrate like The Cold Hard Truth, but it results in a solid latter-day effort, much like I Lived to Tell It All.
Billboard - Ray Waddell
...evokes the very heart of everything that country music ever hoped to be.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Garth Brooks   Track Performer
Patty Loveless   Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Gary Prim   Piano
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
John Wiggins   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Richard Bennett   Electric Guitar
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Connie Heard   Violin
John Hobbs   Piano,Hammond Organ
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Carl Jackson   Background Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Chris Leuzinger   Electric Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Kathryn Plummer   Viola
Mike Rojas   Keyboards
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Milton Sledge   Drums
Chris Teal   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Monisa Angell   Viola
Bruce Christensen   Viola
Gerald Greer   Violin
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Mike Chapman   Bass

Technical Credits

Emory Gordy   Producer,String Arrangements
John Kelton   Engineer
Russ Martin   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Allen Reynolds   Producer
Keith Stegall   Producer,Engineer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Beth Lee   Art Direction

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The Rock 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
george give you goose bumps when you here him moan out that classic country. nobody can do it like george. i hope he has more to come, with age he has weathered into the perfect classic country sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What more can you say about George Jones? Nothing really! His voice is the greatest musical instrument in the history of country music. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, when radio played real country music, George Jones could have sung his social security number and had a number one hit. Although things have changed, George Jones' singing remains as solidly country as ever, and ''The Rock'' is his best album lately. As a 30-year career Army officer, who lost friends in Vietnam, I cried when I first heard ''50,000 Names.'' This is an especially powerful song. This album is a work of enduring excellence, in short, a Jones classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I still think that George's previous album, Cold Hard Truth, made a fuller range of his exceptional voice, but Stone Cold Country is still one of the best George Jones albums. Oddly, it seems more upbeat than Cold Hard Truth, even though there are very sad songs, including 50,000 voices. I think the duet with Garth Brooks (Beer Run) is overhyped; their are better songs on the album. The several recording sessions needed to pick and choose the best songs paid off. A lot of the songs began to grow on me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
although he just turned 70, there still nobody that can sing a country song like george, this new album is what country true country fans can still get excited about, no phoney pop type country here just strait ahead stone cold country as only king george can do, favorites inclued the duet with garth, beer run, the man he was, tramp on the street, the rock, just face it all the cuts are favorites.