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Walk Through This World with Me -- The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971: Pt. 1
     

Walk Through This World with Me -- The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971: Pt. 1

by George Jones
 
No other period of George Jones' long, legendary career is as murky and mysterious as his stint at Musicor, his home from 1965 through 1971. He left United Artists for Musicor after "The Race Is On" topped the charts in 1964, once again following his producer, mentor, and manager, Pappy Daily, to new, seemingly greener pastures that just happened to be financially

Overview

No other period of George Jones' long, legendary career is as murky and mysterious as his stint at Musicor, his home from 1965 through 1971. He left United Artists for Musicor after "The Race Is On" topped the charts in 1964, once again following his producer, mentor, and manager, Pappy Daily, to new, seemingly greener pastures that just happened to be financially advantageous to Pappy. George was UA's flagship country artist, but Musicor had only one other hit-maker on its roster and that was Gene Pitney, the operatic pop singer who flirted with country music in 1965, the year George joined Musicor, and a year after the British Invasion stole much of Pitney's pop audience. George and Gene cut two albums' worth of duets which brought them both a bit of crossover, but Pitney's star continued to fade in the late '60s as Jones' burned bright, so Daily did what any huckster would: he ran his lone star into the ground, having him record almost 300 sides in just over six years, flooding the market with singles and LPs, churning out records -- on Musicor as well as RCA and its budget-line Camden offshoot -- well after George severed ties with Musicor and Pappy by buying out his contract in 1971. In a fitting irony, this profligate parade of product found its counterpart in an utter dearth of CD reissues of Musicor material. A handful of cuts showed up on Rhino's 1991 The Best of George Jones, the Pitney duets were collected on a generous 1994 CD by Bear Family, the same years some cuts appeared on a two-disc retrospective from Epic called The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, but the bulk of the Musicor recordings remained unavailable due to various legal reasons until 2009, when Bear Family released all of them in two big box sets. Walk Through This World with Me is the first volume, covering the first two-and-a-half years of Jones' time at Musicor, a quarter of a decade that produced several huge hits, many forgotten gems, and a bunch of standard-issue Texas honky tonk elevated by the natural grace of George and the grit of his Jones Boys. In a move that seems a test to prove whether the old adage of whether a great singer could sing the phone book is true, Daily would have Jones sing almost any old song, provided that he owned the copyright. He had a stable of regular writers, most quite talented, working overtime to turn out material, and when that failed, he dug up public domain gospel numbers he could arrange, then filled out sessions with current hits and re-recordings. Since Pappy did have Leon Payne, Dallas Frazier, and Peanuts Montgomery on his short list, he gave George lots of good, sometimes great, songs to record, and unlike Col. Tom Parker, he wasn't loathe to have George cut a tune if his company couldn't get the publishing. That said, there are times during this box where it seems as if Daily was almost testing the old adage of whether a great singer could sing the phone book and sound good. Of course, that's giving Pappy a bit too much credit -- he wasn't there for art, he was there for commerce, picking songs and pushing Jones to break Musician's Union rules (according to George, they once recorded a full album in three hours, way beyond the union's three-song limit), but letting the singer conduct the band and set the arrangements, something that's made clear by the session tapes that conclude this five-disc box. This hands-off approach might explain why the first half of the Musicor years doesn't depart greatly from the sound of George's UA recordings; there are a few cuts that show a heavy Roger Miller influence, and a few that bear traces of the Bakersfield twang of Buck Owens, along with some Merle Haggard, but by and large, this is hardcore country with an emphasis on sweet, mournful ballads, and when it comes to this sound, nobody does it better than George Jones. Certainly, there are varying degrees of inspiration in addition to song quality, but even when George and the Jones Boys are on autopilot, this music is enjoyable, the sound of a working band working at near peak. True, it takes a dedicated listener to sort out the wheat from the chaff, to pick out gems whether they're forgotten singles like "Small Time Laboring Man" or excellent readings of the gospel standard "Unclouded Day" or Lefty Frizzell's "Run 'Em Off," or even to find the hits "Things Have Gone to Pieces" or "Walk Through This World with Me," but the hunt is a large part of why this set is fun. This may not be the biggest or best music George Jones ever made, but in a curious way, it's the greatest testament to his talent because it truly takes a great singer to keep songs this inconsistent interesting.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2011
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127169280
catalogNumber:
16928
Rank:
73507

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Just Lost My Favorite Girl
  2. What's Bad for You Is Good for Me
  3. Don't You Ever Get Tired
  4. How Proud I Would Have Been
  5. Let a Little Lovin' Come In
  6. Worst of Luck
  7. Even the Bad Times Are Good
  8. The Sea Between Our Hearts
  9. Things Have Gone to Pieces
  10. The Selfishness in Man
  11. Wearing My Heart Away
  12. Gonna Take Me Away from You
  13. Simply Divine
  14. I Can't Get Used to Being Lonely
  15. The Lonely Know My Secret
  16. Flowers for Mama
  17. Feudin' and Fightin'
  18. Along Came You
  19. Take Me
  20. Love Bug
  21. I Made Her That Way
  22. I Made Her That Way
  23. Love Bug
  24. Love Bug
  25. I Woke Up from Dreaming
  26. Blindfold of Love
  27. Till I Hear It from You
  28. I Made Her That Way
  29. Four-O-Thirty Three
  30. I'm Wasting Good Paper
  31. Along Came You
  32. Take Me
  33. I'd Rather Switch Than Fight
  34. If You Won't Tell on Me (I Won't Tell on You)

Disc 2

  1. My Favorite Lies
  2. Memory Is
  3. Feeling Single, Seeing Double
  4. Don't Think I Don't Love You
  5. I'm a People
  6. Old Brush Arbors
  7. Ship of Love
  8. We're Watching Our Step
  9. Six Days on the Road
  10. Blue Side of Lonesome
  11. Once a Day
  12. All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers
  13. Don't Be Angry
  14. Don't Let Me Cross Over
  15. I Don't Love You Anymore
  16. The Bridge Washed Out
  17. King of the Road
  18. World of Forgotten People
  19. If You Believe
  20. Talk Back Trembling Lips
  21. Unfaithful One
  22. Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown
  23. Where We Never Grow Old
  24. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  25. The Lilly of the Valley
  26. Won't It Be Wonderful There
  27. Well It's Alright
  28. Lord You've Been Mighty Good to Me
  29. How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
  30. Your Steppin' Stone
  31. I'll Fly Away
  32. Close Together as You and Me
  33. Living on Easy Street
  34. Long as We're Dreaming

Disc 3

  1. Let's Both Have a Cry
  2. Back into My Baby's Arms Again
  3. Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
  4. Please Don't Let That Woman Get Me
  5. Your Steppin' Stone
  6. Ain't Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves)
  7. From Here to the Door
  8. In Person
  9. Swinging Doors
  10. Developing My Pictures
  11. Walk Through This World with Me
  12. The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
  13. There Goes My Everything
  14. Life Turned Her That Way
  15. Sweet Thang
  16. Almost Persuaded
  17. Soldier's Last Letter
  18. Am I That Easy to Forget
  19. That Heart Belongs to Me
  20. Apartment #9
  21. Lonely Street
  22. Seasons of My Heart
  23. Green, Green Grass of Home
  24. I'll Be Loving You
  25. Let's Get Together (One More Time)
  26. Long Walk off a Tall Rock
  27. Party Pickin'
  28. The Day I Lose My Mind
  29. We Must Have Been out of Our Minds
  30. Everybody Oughta Sing a Song
  31. Walk Through This World with Me
  32. The Man That You Once Knew
  33. The Good Old Bible
  34. Small Time Laboring Man

Disc 4

  1. Give Me Just One Day Lord
  2. Cup of Loneliness
  3. Taggin' Along
  4. Wandering Soul
  5. When My Heart Hurts No More
  6. Poor Man's Riches
  7. Accidentally on Purpose
  8. Time Lock
  9. Tender Years
  10. Bringin' It Home
  11. The Old Rugged Cross
  12. Where the Soul Never Dies
  13. Take the World But Give Me Jesus
  14. The Unclouded Day
  15. Family Bible
  16. The Honky Tonk Downstairs
  17. My Baby Left Her Jinglin' John (For Foldin' Fred)
  18. I Can't Get There from Here
  19. Lookin' for My Feel Good
  20. Window Up Above
  21. White Lightnin'
  22. Treasure of Love
  23. Run 'Em Off
  24. Half of Me Is Gone
  25. Talk to Me Lonesome Heart
  26. She Thinks I Still Care
  27. Color of the Blues
  28. Until I Remember You're Gone
  29. If My Heart Had Windows
  30. The Honky Tonk Downstairs
  31. When Love Was Green
  32. Hangin' on to One (And Hangin' Round the Other)
  33. Say It's Not You
  34. There Ain' No Grave Deep Enough

Disc 5

  1. The Girl I Almost Knew
  2. I Threw Away the Rose
  3. There's Nothing Left for You
  4. I Stopped Living Yesterday
  5. The Stranger's Me
  6. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
  7. Along Came You
  8. Along Came You
  9. Along Came You
  10. Along Came You
  11. Along Came You
  12. Along Came You
  13. Along Came You
  14. Along Came You
  15. Along Came You
  16. Along Came You
  17. Along Came You
  18. Along Came You
  19. Along Came You
  20. Along Came You
  21. Along Came You
  22. Along Came You
  23. Along Came You
  24. Along Came You
  25. Along Came You
  26. Take Me
  27. Love Bug
  28. Love Bug
  29. Love Bug
  30. Love Bug
  31. Love Bug
  32. I Made Her That Way
  33. I Made Her That Way
  34. I Made Her That Way
  35. I Made Her That Way
  36. I Made Her That Way
  37. I Made Her That Way
  38. I Made Her That Way
  39. I Made Her That Way
  40. I Made Her That Way
  41. I Made Her That Way
  42. I Made Her That Way
  43. I Made Her That Way
  44. I Made Her That Way
  45. I Made Her That Way
  46. I Made Her That Way
  47. I Made Her That Way
  48. I Made Her That Way
  49. Love Bug
  50. Love Bug
  51. Love Bug
  52. Love Bug
  53. Love Bug
  54. Love Bug
  55. Love Bug
  56. Love Bug
  57. Love Bug

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist,Vocals
Melba Montgomery   Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gene Pitney   Vocals
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
George & Nancy Jones   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Melba Montgomery   Composer,Duet
Johnny Paycheck   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Dave Moore   Illustrations
Gene Pitney   Duet
Roger Miller   Composer
Onie Wheeler   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
James O'Gwynn   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Sandra Smith   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Pappy Daily   Audio Production
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Tommy Jackson   Audio Production
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Bob Moore   Audio Production
A.L. Owens   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Dale Ward   Composer
Curtis Wayne   Composer
Alex Zanetis   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Billy Mize   Composer
Liz Anderson   Composer
Benny Barnes   Composer
Joe Carson   Composer
Arlie Duff   Composer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Nat Stuckey   Composer
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Earl Montgomery   Composer
Jimmy Louis   Composer
Jack Rich   Composer
Jack Ripley   Composer
Don Chapel   Composer
Joe Poovey   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Christian Zwarg   Tape Comparison
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
Reinhard Pietsch   Illustrations
Wade Jackson   Composer
Kubb   Composer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily   Producer,Executive Producer
Daniel Gersdorf   Photo Restoration,Sleeve Restoration
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
Guy Ewald   Illustrations
Tommy Jackson   Producer
W. D. Walker   Composer
Sandra Smith   Composer
S. Seamons   Composer
Ron Behunin   Composer
Pearl Stephens   Composer
Mort Melshee   Composer
M. Rumely   Composer
M. Luper   Composer
K. Bowers   Composer
Jake Rich   Composer
Jack Rich   Composer
J. M. Lyle   Composer
H. Cross   Composer
H. B. Demarais   Composer
Gordon Ardis   Composer
F. Owen   Composer
E. Breen   Composer
D. L. Lipscomb   Composer
Clarence Belman   Composer
C. Montgomery   Composer
Belen   Composer
B. Stephens   Composer
B. Day   Composer
B. Darnell   Composer
C. Putman   Composer
Wade Jackson   Composer
K. Savage   Composer
D. Young   Composer
Stewart   Composer
C. Gray   Composer
Barnes   Composer
Pitts   Composer
P. Jay   Composer
P. Buskirk   Composer
Robertson   Composer
S. Duffy   Composer
M. Montgomery   Composer
Edwards   Composer
G. Jones   Composer
E. Montgomery   Composer
F. Foley   Composer
E. Noack   Composer
J. Day   Composer
Bill Dudley   Composer

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