50 Years of Hits

50 Years of Hits

by George JonesGeorge Jones


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The idea sounds good, and it may even make sense: collect one song from each of the 50 years that George Jones has been recording, and present them in one exhaustive triple-disc set, appropriately titled 50 Years of Hits. Seems simple enough, but in practice, the set doesn't quite work, either as an overview of Jones' career or as an enjoyable listening experience. Although Bandit has done an impressive job with cross-licensing between labels, the compilers acknowledge that they weren't able to work out a deal with Musicor to feature Jones' late-'60s hits, so they were forced to substitute re-recordings of "Walk Through This World With Me," "She's Mine," "I'll Share My World With You," and "A Good Year for the Roses" for the originals here. While it's regrettable that the originals aren't here, their absence is understandable and the remakes are professional and rather strong. The bigger problem with the collection is its very construction: Jones has a rich, long legacy, but it's not best represented by sampling every year equally. Like most veteran artists, George Jones' commercial and creative peak came early and, like most country artists, that peak extended over several years where he hit the Top Ten on a regular basis. For the Possum, this was a long time indeed -- nearly 25 years, which is an extraordinary run by any measure, but it's only half of 50, which means that half of this 50-track collection represents music he recorded after his peak. There is still good stuff here, particularly in the '80s when he was slowly descending from his peak and settling into veteranship, but these highlights are few -- duets with Merle Haggard ("Yesterdays Wine," 1981) and Garth Brooks ("Beer Run," 2001), "Same Ole Me" from 1982, and "I'm a One Woman Man" from 1989. Outside of that, pretty much everything after "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which arrives at the midpoint of the collection, isn't essential, and when that counts for half a collection, that's a pretty big handicap to surmount. That's what keeps 50 Years of Hits from being either a good summation of Jones' career, an encapsulation of his greatness, or even a fun listen, particularly when compared to 1994's Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, which may stop at the end of the '80s but covers George's important music much better.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Welk Records
UPC: 0015707022026
catalogNumber: 702202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Melba Montgomery   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ed Bruce   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Johnny Horton   Composer
George Jones   Composer,Liner Notes
Willie Nelson   Composer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Johnny Paycheck   Composer
Anderson   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Ed Jones   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Carmol Taylor   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Dennis Robbins   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Brian Ahern   Producer
Keith Anderson   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer,Audio Production
Jerry Chesnut   Composer
Gary Church   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Pappy Daily   Producer,Audio Production
Emory Gordy   Producer
Jim Hoke   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Bucky Jones   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Producer,Audio Production
John Newton   Composer
Jamie O'Hara   Composer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Freddy Powers   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
George Richey   Composer
Don Rollins   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer,Audio Production
Keith Stegall   Producer
Zack Turner   Composer
Mentor Williams   Composer
Ben Wilson   Composer
Norro Wilson   Producer,Audio Production
Norris Wilson   Composer
George Ducas   Composer
Lawton Williams   Composer
Francis Craig   Composer
Frank Dycus   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Gary Gentry   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Kent Blazy   Composer
Rob Goellner   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Earl Montgomery   Composer
Dickey Lee Lipscomb   Composer
Jack Ripley   Composer
Kay Savage   Composer
Sandra Seamons   Composer
Judith Bruce   Composer
Gene Dobbins   Composer
Tex Whitson   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
D. Wilson   Composer
Ron Peterson   Composer
John Moffatt   Composer
Bobby Boyd   Composer
Amanda Williams   Composer
Luellyn Latocki   Art Direction
Chuck Harter   Composer
Steve Duffy   Composer
Ron Hellard   Composer
Dennis Knutson   Composer
Bill Yates   Composer
Mike Curtis   Composer

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