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Format: CD
Sku: 202316185
UPC: 827969256527
UPC 14: 00827969256527
Release Date: 3/28/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. No Money In This Deal ~ George Jones
2. I'm Ragged But I'm Right ~ George Jones
3. Why Baby Why ~ George Jones
4. Just One More ~ George Jones
5. Color Of The Blues ~ George Jones
6. White Lightning ~ George Jones
7. Out Of Control ~ George Jones
8. You're Still On My Mind ~ George Jones
9. Window Up Above, The ~ George Jones
10. Tender Years ~ George Jones
11. She Thinks I Still Care ~ George Jones
12. Girl I Used To Know, A ~ George Jones
13. Race Is On, The ~ George Jones
14. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds - (featuring Melba Montgomery) ~ George Jones
15. Take Me - (featuring Tammy Wynette) ~ George Jones
16. We Can Make It ~ George Jones
17. Loving You Could Never Be Better ~ George Jones
18. What a Woman Can't Do ~ George Jones
19. Picture Of Me, A (Without You) ~ George Jones
20. Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad As Losing You) ~ George Jones
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Grand Tour, The ~ George Jones
2. Once You've Had The Best ~ George Jones
3. We Loved It Away - (featuring Tammy Wynette) ~ George Jones
4. Door, The ~ George Jones
5. These Days (I Barely Get By) ~ George Jones
6. Memories Of Us ~ George Jones
7. I Just Don't Give A Damn ~ George Jones
8. Drunk Can't Be A Man, A ~ George Jones
9. Stand On My Own Two Knees ~ George Jones
10. Battle, The ~ George Jones
11. Someday My Day Will Come ~ George Jones
12. He Stopped Loving Her Today ~ George Jones
13. If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will) ~ George Jones
14. I've Aged Twenty Years In Five ~ George Jones
15. Still Doin' Time ~ George Jones
16. You've Still Got A Place In My Heart ~ George Jones
17. I Always Get Lucky With You ~ George Jones
18. Right Left Hand, The ~ George Jones
19. I'm A One Woman Man ~ George Jones
20. Choices ~ George Jones

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: George Jones; Melba Montgomery, Tammy Wynette.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Rich Kienzle.
Muze PNote Recording information: Beaumont, TX (01/19/1954-??/??/1999); Houston, TX (01/19/1954-??/??/1999); Nashville, TN (01/19/1954-??/??/1999).
Muze PNote Photographers: Don Hunstein; Slick Lawson.
Muze PNote It has a similar title and a similar length to Epic/Legacy's 1994 double-disc set The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, but Epic/Legacy's 2006 collection The Essential George Jones is a different beast entirely. At 40 tracks, it's four songs shorter than the 1994 comp, but the real difference is in the song selection. Where The Spirit of Country offered a good overview of every label George recorded for between 1955 and 1989, Legacy could not get licensing for his work for Musicor in the second half of the '60s, which means there are a few big omissions here, including "Things Have Gone to Pieces," "Love Bug," "I'm a People," "Walk Through This World with Me," "Say It's Not You," and "A Good Year for the Roses." With the exception of "Things Have Gone to Pieces" and "Say It's Not You," all of those singles were on The Spirit of Country, and their absence is felt on Essential, as is the absence of novelty numbers like 1959's "Who Shot Sam" to 1976's "Her Name Is..." These silly songs are nearly as much a trademark of Jones' style as his signature ballad style, so without them -- and without the Musicor songs -- The Essential feels a bit lop-sided toward the serious hardcore honky tonk. Hardly a fatal flaw, of course, since this is where much of Jones' legacy lies, and it is a good, accurate overview of George's career, even if it's not as thorough or lively as The Spirit of Country. Apart from the aforementioned Musicor sides and his MCA work of the '90s (which is hardly a glaring omission), this offers a fair representation of his many labels: there are four cuts from Starday, six apiece from Mercury and United Artists, a whopping 25 sides from Epic -- which is appropriate, since he spent nearly 20 years on the label and had over 60 charting singles while he was there -- and, as a coda, a cut from his 1999 album for Asylum. Along the way, most, but certainly not all, of his big hits are presented, including "Why Baby Why," "White Lightning," "The Window Up Above," "Tender Years," "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Race Is On," "The Grand Tour," and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Any George compilation that has all these hits, along with many other excellent songs, is bound to be a great listen and a useful overview -- it's just that the absences here are large enough that this can't quite supplant The Spirit of Country, which remains the best overall George Jones compilation. But if that set can't be found, this is a good substitute. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Keith Stegall; Billy Sherrill; Gregg Geller (Compilation)

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Melba Montgomery
Muze Guest Artist Tammy Wynette

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations Bocephus Box Set (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations 50 Years
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Country Super Hits
Muze Music Compilations Don't Rock The Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Pure Country Classics Number 1 Hits
Muze Music Compilations 40 #1 Hits
Muze Music Compilations Touch My Heart: tribute To Johnny P
Muze Music Compilations Together Again
Muze Music Compilations Put The O Back In Country
Muze Music Compilations Classic Country: Great Country Gospel / Vario
Muze Music Compilations Classic Country Gold
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Johnny Pay Check
Muze Music Compilations Dollar
Muze Music Compilations Last Man Standing
Muze Music Compilations All Amrcn Cntry Roadt(3cd
Muze Music Compilations Country Super Hits
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection Merle Haggard
Muze Music Compilations Compadres:anthology Of Duets
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Country
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Country
Muze Music Compilations Tin Cup (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Country's 20 Classic Songs of the Century
Muze Music Compilations Taste Of Texas
Muze Music Compilations Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Only Classic Country Collection You'l
Muze Music Compilations Long List Of Heartaches
Muze Music Compilations Country Tops Hits Of The 80'S
Muze Music Compilations Living Legends
Muze Music Compilations Bad Magick:best Of Shooter Jennings
Muze Music Compilations Hemingway's Whiskey
Muze Music Compilations Bad Magick:best Of Shooter Jennings
Muze Music Compilations Anniversary Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Country's Got Heart
Muze Music Compilations Certified No 1 Country Hits
Muze Music Compilations Johnny Cash Music Festival:2011
Muze Music Compilations Original Album Series
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Country
Muze Music Compilations God's Country
Muze Music Compilations Essential Tammy Wynette
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:merle Haggard
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations Original Album Classics:kenny Chesney
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:country Hits Of '60s &
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Johnny Cash Due
Muze Music Compilations Bill Gaither's Country Gospel Favorit
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Ray Charles
Muze Music Compilations Now That?s What I Call Acm Awards:50t
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Hits
Muze Music Compilations For God & Country
Muze Music Compilations Working On A Building
Muze Music Compilations Town Line
Muze Music Compilations Half Nelson
Muze Music Compilations Crazy Heart Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Pure Bs(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations 16 Biggest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Super Hits:merle Haggard

Associated Artists and Works

Cash, Johnny
Cline, Patsy
George Jones & Tammy Wynette
Haggard, Merle
Living Legends ~ Haggard, Merle
Do You Know Me? A Tribute to George Jones [Digipak ~ Kershaw, Sammy
Nelson, Willie
Parton, Dolly
Paycheck, Johnny
Pitney, Gene
Williams, Leona

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/28/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 92565
Music Label Name Label : Epic/Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827969256527

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Jones,George
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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