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

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

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2007
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127168184
catalogNumber: 2716818
Rank: 148328


Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

Disc 3

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

Disc 4

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

Disc 5

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

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 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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