The Essential George Jones

The Essential George Jones

by George JonesGeorge Jones


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George Jones has enough hard-core fans to make any collection that dares bill itself as "essential" a topic of heated debate among the cognoscenti. That said, this double-CD, 40-cut retrospective does an outstanding job of charting the career arc that made Jones the most influential country vocalist of his time -- and, by some estimates, of all time. Essential tells the story of a career shaped wholly by two producers: namely, Harold "Pappy" Daily, who signed Jones to his Texas-based Starday label in 1954, and Billy Sherrill, who brought Jones to Epic in 1970 and made him a legend. The only cut here not produced by one or the other of them is the final one, 1999's "Choices," a brutal bit of autobiographical lamentation produced by Keith Stegall for Jones's powerful Cold Hard Truth album. Working with Daily through the '60s, Jones stayed true to a honky-tonk ethos but evolved from emulating Hank Williams (1954's "No Money in This Deal" is so Hank it's scary) to copping some Carl Perkins phrasing (1956's "Just One More") to establishing his own skewed, emotion-rich phrasing by the time of 1960's loping honky-tonk heartbreaker, "Out of Control." After Jones signed with Epic, Sherrill built on some of Daily's more extravagant touches (notably the pop-influenced background singers heard on cuts such as the No. 2 single from 1960, "The Window Up Above"), adding discreet strings to that formula and building up the instrumental tracks. The spectacular results occupy the last third of Disc 1 and all of Disc 2, including a couple of duets with Tammy Wynette, as well as monuments such as "The Grand Tour," "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "The Battle," and 1982's "I Always Get Lucky with You," Jones's last No. 1 with Sherrill. Remastered and well annotated, this one's a for-sure keeper.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969256527
catalogNumber: 92565
Rank: 21184

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Johnny Horton   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Melba Montgomery   Composer
Johnny Paycheck   Composer
Tammy Wynette   Composer
Carmol Taylor   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Roger Bowling   Composer
Gary Church   Composer
Jerry Crutchfield   Composer
Dave Kirby   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Freddy Powers   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
George Richey   Composer
Don Rollins   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer,Producer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Tillman Franks   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Slick Lawson   Cover Photo
Rick Beresford   Composer
Lew Kimball   Composer
M.P. Curtis   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Earl Montgomery   Composer
Luke McDaniel   Composer
Herbie Treece   Composer
Tex Whitson   Composer
A. Wilson   Composer
G Martin   Composer
John Moffatt   Composer
Carl Montgomery   Composer
Jimmy Peppers   Composer
Tom Choi   Packaging Manager
Michael Patrick Heeney   Composer
D. Edwards   Composer
Dennis Knutson   Composer
J. Niles Clement   Composer
Bill Yates   Composer

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