The Cold Hard Truth

The Cold Hard Truth

by George JonesGeorge Jones


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His near-fatal auto accident early in 1999 preempted COLD HARD TRUTH, but it couldn't keep George Jones down. This album is going to stand as a monument in Jones's overwhelming catalogue, a fact evident from the first mournful notes he sings in the autobiographical opener, "Choices." It's a quiet, touching bit of owning-up that would be hard to take if it weren't so downright beautiful. Then, as you're waiting to exhale, Jones lays on the heartbreak again with the title song: He sings as his own conscience, cataloguing the selfish deeds that cost him a good woman's love and, in effect, a future. Tough stuff -- and Jones's reading cuts to the bone. This TRUTH gets colder and harder as it goes along -- "Our Bed of Roses" will get the tears flowing, too -- but Possum leavens the noir with some good-time, up-tempo frolics, chief among them being Mark Collie and Dean Miller's instant dance-hall classic, "Ain't Love a Lot Like That," complete with Brent Mason's twangy guitar, Hargus "Pig" Robbins's rinky-tink piano, and Paul Franklin's feisty pedal-steel commentary. But oh, those tearjerkers. Cold, hard, but priceless.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/1999
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075596236829
catalogNumber: 62368
Rank: 18495

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Patty Loveless   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Owen Hale   Drums
Larry Marrs   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass

Technical Credits

John Kelton   Engineer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Steve Crowder   Engineer
Michael Hagewood   Art Direction
Evelyn Shriver   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bill Yates   Composer
Mike Curtis   Composer

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