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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169280
  • Catalog Number: 16928

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Just Lost My Favorite Girl (2:39)
  2. 2 What's Bad for You Is Good for Me (2:22)
  3. 3 Don't You Ever Get Tired (2:17)
  4. 4 How Proud I Would Have Been (2:41)
  5. 5 Let a Little Lovin' Come In (2:20)
  6. 6 Worst of Luck (2:35)
  7. 7 Even the Bad Times Are Good (2:33)
  8. 8 The Sea Between Our Hearts (2:26)
  9. 9 Things Have Gone to Pieces (2:53)
  10. 10 The Selfishness in Man (2:44)
  11. 11 Wearing My Heart Away (2:28)
  12. 12 Gonna Take Me Away from You (2:27)
  13. 13 Simply Divine - Melba Montgomery (2:44)
  14. 14 I Can't Get Used to Being Lonely (2:37)
  15. 15 The Lonely Know My Secret (2:24)
  16. 16 Flowers for Mama (2:49)
  17. 17 Feudin' and Fightin' - Melba Montgomery (2:08)
  18. 18 Along Came You (2:10)
  19. 19 Take Me (2:45)
  20. 20 Love Bug (2:47)
  21. 21 I Made Her That Way (2:54)
  22. 22 I Made Her That Way (2:51)
  23. 23 Love Bug (2:06)
  24. 24 Love Bug (2:02)
  25. 25 I Woke Up from Dreaming (2:38)
  26. 26 Blindfold of Love (2:08)
  27. 27 Till I Hear It from You (2:31)
  28. 28 I Made Her That Way (2:28)
  29. 29 Four-O-Thirty Three (2:30)
  30. 30 I'm Wasting Good Paper (2:33)
  31. 31 Along Came You (2:35)
  32. 32 Take Me (2:46)
  33. 33 I'd Rather Switch Than Fight (2:10)
  34. 34 If You Won't Tell on Me (I Won't Tell on You) (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Favorite Lies (2:37)
  2. 2 Memory Is (3:03)
  3. 3 Feeling Single, Seeing Double (2:11)
  4. 4 Don't Think I Don't Love You (2:07)
  5. 5 I'm a People (2:11)
  6. 6 Old Brush Arbors (2:29)
  7. 7 Ship of Love (2:26)
  8. 8 We're Watching Our Step (3:00)
  9. 9 Six Days on the Road (2:29)
  10. 10 Blue Side of Lonesome (2:46)
  11. 11 Once a Day (2:25)
  12. 12 All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers (2:25)
  13. 13 Don't Be Angry (2:47)
  14. 14 Don't Let Me Cross Over (2:31)
  15. 15 I Don't Love You Anymore (2:31)
  16. 16 The Bridge Washed Out (2:34)
  17. 17 King of the Road (2:24)
  18. 18 World of Forgotten People (2:22)
  19. 19 If You Believe (2:12)
  20. 20 Talk Back Trembling Lips (2:32)
  21. 21 Unfaithful One (2:10)
  22. 22 Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown (3:03)
  23. 23 Where We Never Grow Old (2:25)
  24. 24 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (2:27)
  25. 25 The Lilly of the Valley (2:13)
  26. 26 Won't It Be Wonderful There (2:22)
  27. 27 Well It's Alright (3:03)
  28. 28 Lord You've Been Mighty Good to Me (2:28)
  29. 29 How Beautiful Heaven Must Be (2:24)
  30. 30 Your Steppin' Stone (3:03)
  31. 31 I'll Fly Away (2:41)
  32. 32 Close Together as You and Me - Melba Montgomery (2:17)
  33. 33 Living on Easy Street - Melba Montgomery (2:05)
  34. 34 Long as We're Dreaming - Melba Montgomery (2:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Let's Both Have a Cry - Melba Montgomery (2:35)
  2. 2 Back into My Baby's Arms Again (2:02)
  3. 3 Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long (2:41)
  4. 4 Please Don't Let That Woman Get Me (2:08)
  5. 5 Your Steppin' Stone (2:52)
  6. 6 Ain't Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves) (2:06)
  7. 7 From Here to the Door (2:39)
  8. 8 In Person (2:32)
  9. 9 Swinging Doors (2:28)
  10. 10 Developing My Pictures (2:17)
  11. 11 Walk Through This World with Me (2:31)
  12. 12 The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight (2:36)
  13. 13 There Goes My Everything (2:38)
  14. 14 Life Turned Her That Way (2:29)
  15. 15 Sweet Thang (2:48)
  16. 16 Almost Persuaded (2:59)
  17. 17 Soldier's Last Letter (3:18)
  18. 18 Am I That Easy to Forget (2:05)
  19. 19 That Heart Belongs to Me (3:05)
  20. 20 Apartment #9 (2:32)
  21. 21 Lonely Street (2:06)
  22. 22 Seasons of My Heart (2:11)
  23. 23 Green, Green Grass of Home (2:39)
  24. 24 I'll Be Loving You - Melba Montgomery (2:36)
  25. 25 Let's Get Together (One More Time) - Melba Montgomery (2:45)
  26. 26 Long Walk off a Tall Rock - Melba Montgomery (2:10)
  27. 27 Party Pickin' - Melba Montgomery (2:26)
  28. 28 The Day I Lose My Mind - Melba Montgomery (2:39)
  29. 29 We Must Have Been out of Our Minds - Melba Montgomery (2:36)
  30. 30 Everybody Oughta Sing a Song - Melba Montgomery (1:59)
  31. 31 Walk Through This World with Me (2:18)
  32. 32 The Man That You Once Knew (2:21)
  33. 33 The Good Old Bible (2:26)
  34. 34 Small Time Laboring Man (2:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Give Me Just One Day Lord (2:13)
  2. 2 Cup of Loneliness (2:25)
  3. 3 Taggin' Along (2:49)
  4. 4 Wandering Soul (2:34)
  5. 5 When My Heart Hurts No More (2:41)
  6. 6 Poor Man's Riches (2:01)
  7. 7 Accidentally on Purpose (2:36)
  8. 8 Time Lock (2:35)
  9. 9 Tender Years (2:27)
  10. 10 Bringin' It Home (2:37)
  11. 11 The Old Rugged Cross (2:54)
  12. 12 Where the Soul Never Dies (2:19)
  13. 13 Take the World But Give Me Jesus (2:39)
  14. 14 The Unclouded Day (2:48)
  15. 15 Family Bible (3:14)
  16. 16 The Honky Tonk Downstairs (2:11)
  17. 17 My Baby Left Her Jinglin' John (For Foldin' Fred) (2:36)
  18. 18 I Can't Get There from Here (2:28)
  19. 19 Lookin' for My Feel Good (2:17)
  20. 20 Window Up Above (2:42)
  21. 21 White Lightnin' (2:39)
  22. 22 Treasure of Love (2:20)
  23. 23 Run 'Em Off (1:54)
  24. 24 Half of Me Is Gone (2:41)
  25. 25 Talk to Me Lonesome Heart (2:41)
  26. 26 She Thinks I Still Care (2:45)
  27. 27 Color of the Blues (2:23)
  28. 28 Until I Remember You're Gone (2:28)
  29. 29 If My Heart Had Windows (2:45)
  30. 30 The Honky Tonk Downstairs (2:32)
  31. 31 When Love Was Green (2:16)
  32. 32 Hangin' on to One (And Hangin' Round the Other) (2:31)
  33. 33 Say It's Not You (2:27)
  34. 34 There Ain' No Grave Deep Enough (2:05)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Girl I Almost Knew (2:47)
  2. 2 I Threw Away the Rose (2:54)
  3. 3 There's Nothing Left for You (2:18)
  4. 4 I Stopped Living Yesterday (2:22)
  5. 5 The Stranger's Me (2:00)
  6. 6 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (2:38)
  7. 7 Along Came You (0:18)
  8. 8 Along Came You (2:18)
  9. 9 Along Came You (0:12)
  10. 10 Along Came You (1:16)
  11. 11 Along Came You (0:12)
  12. 12 Along Came You (0:42)
  13. 13 Along Came You (2:06)
  14. 14 Along Came You (0:19)
  15. 15 Along Came You (1:45)
  16. 16 Along Came You (1:54)
  17. 17 Along Came You (0:27)
  18. 18 Along Came You (1:47)
  19. 19 Along Came You (0:11)
  20. 20 Along Came You (1:41)
  21. 21 Along Came You (0:22)
  22. 22 Along Came You (0:08)
  23. 23 Along Came You (2:16)
  24. 24 Along Came You (1:40)
  25. 25 Along Came You (2:14)
  26. 26 Take Me (2:43)
  27. 27 Love Bug (0:43)
  28. 28 Love Bug (2:46)
  29. 29 Love Bug (2:50)
  30. 30 Love Bug (0:13)
  31. 31 Love Bug (2:49)
  32. 32 I Made Her That Way (0:50)
  33. 33 I Made Her That Way (3:24)
  34. 34 I Made Her That Way (0:47)
  35. 35 I Made Her That Way (0:46)
  36. 36 I Made Her That Way (0:30)
  37. 37 I Made Her That Way (1:55)
  38. 38 I Made Her That Way (3:43)
  39. 39 I Made Her That Way (0:24)
  40. 40 I Made Her That Way (3:05)
  41. 41 I Made Her That Way (0:13)
  42. 42 I Made Her That Way (0:19)
  43. 43 I Made Her That Way (0:27)
  44. 44 I Made Her That Way (0:29)
  45. 45 I Made Her That Way (2:33)
  46. 46 I Made Her That Way (0:20)
  47. 47 I Made Her That Way (1:11)
  48. 48 I Made Her That Way (0:19)
  49. 49 Love Bug (2:18)
  50. 50 Love Bug (0:32)
  51. 51 Love Bug (2:16)
  52. 52 Love Bug (1:18)
  53. 53 Love Bug (2:45)
  54. 54 Love Bug (1:11)
  55. 55 Love Bug (2:20)
  56. 56 Love Bug (2:07)
  57. 57 Love Bug (1:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Jones Primary Artist, Vocals
Melba Montgomery Vocals
The 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 Mastering, 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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