Complete United Artists Solo Singles CD (2013)

Artist: George Jones

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SKU 246779196
UPC 816651013609
UPC 14 00816651013609
Format CD
Release Date 2/12/2013
Author George Jones
Associated Artist/Work Cash, Johnny
Associated Artist/Work Cline, Patsy
Associated Artist/Work George Jones & Tammy Wynette
Associated Artist/Work Haggard, Merle
Associated Artist/Work Kershaw, Sammy
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Willie
Associated Artist/Work Parton, Dolly
Associated Artist/Work Paycheck, Johnny
Associated Artist/Work Pitney, Gene
Associated Artist/Work Williams, Leona
Technical Info
Producer Patrick Milligan (Compilation)
CatalogID 101360
Lable Name Omnivore
Released 2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 79m : 37s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00816651013609
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Grady Martin, Howard Roberts , Johnny Western, Billy Strange (guitar); Red Rhodes, Hal Rugg (steel guitar); Tommy Jackson (fiddle); Fred Hayes, Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Muddy Berry, Buddy Harman (drums).
Liner Note Author: Holly George-Warren.
Unlike Razor & Tie's 1997 double-disc collection She Thinks I Still Care: The George Jones Collection (The United Artists Years), Omnivore's 2013 set The Complete United Artists Solo Singles focuses directly on the 45s George Jones released for United Artists between the years 1962 and 1966 (he was only with the label until 1964 but they churned out singles for another two years after his departure). This is a bigger difference than it may initially seem. The 40-track She Thinks I Still Care sampled generously from Jones' duets with Melba Montgomery, his tributes to Bob Wills and Hank Williams, his bluegrass and gospel LPs, which meant there were several singles absent from its track listing. Conversely, The Complete United Artists Solo Singles misses several of these stylistic detours (naturally, the title is a give-away that there are no duets to be found here), but it has its share of surprises -- i.e, the rocking holiday single "My Mom and Santa Claus (Twistin' Santa Claus)" -- and, better still, its 32 songs give a greater sense of how George Jones was heard at his '60s peak: as a series of singles saturating the airwaves or cranking away on a jukebox. George had some of his biggest hits during these five years -- "The Race Is On," "She Thinks I Still Care," "You Comb Her Hair" -- but his star didn't shine as brightly as it did in the '70s, when he was a fixture in the upper reaches of the charts. He was a popular country singer, regarded as one of the best and selling at a rate deserving of his reputation, and the singles reflect this status, as they're largely exceptional pieces of straight-ahead country designed to please broad audiences. His hardcore Texas honky tonk wound up getting slightly sweetened by the pros in Nashville, a transition that resulted in the first flowering of his gorgeous ballad style, a bit of MOR Nashville sound ("Where Does a Little Tear Come From") but also gave a bit of a lively snap to the novelties ("Geronimo," "The Best Guitar Picker") and poppier tunes like "What's Money" or "Your Heart Turned Left (And I Was on the Right)." This gives the United Artists singles some color, but the foundation lies in the purer country, whether it's the haunted murder ballad "Open Pit Mine" or such barroom weepers as "A Girl I Used to Know" and "Brown to Blue." Taken together, each of these singles -- including the B-sides, which are often quite strong -- create a portrait not only of George Jones in the '60s, but that decade's mainstream straight-ahead country, a blend of Nashville and Texas that remains enormously appealing. Needless to say, this is the best way to hear George Jones' United Artists recordings; it's tighter, better than either the Razor & Tie comp or the enjoyable but very large Bear Family box. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
1 She Thinks I Still Care
2 Sometimes You Just Can't Win
3 Beacon in the Night
4 He Made Me Free
5 Open Pit Mine
6 Geronimo
7 He's So Good to Me
8 Magic Valley
9 Girl I Used to Know, A
10 Big Fool of the Year
11 Not What I Had in Mind
12 I Saw Me
13 Lonely Christmas Call
14 My Mom and Santa Claus (Twistin' Santa Claus)
15 You Comb Her Hair
16 Ain't It Funny What a Fool Will Do
17 Your Heart Turned Left (And I Was on the Right)
18 My Tears are Overdue
19 Something I Dreamed
20 Where Does a Little Tear Come From
21 Race is On, The
22 She's Lonesome Again
23 Least of All
24 Brown to Blue
25 Wrong Number
26 Old, Old House, The
27 What's Money
28 I Get Lonely in a Hurry
29 World's Worst Lover
30 I Can't Change Overnight
31 Best Guitar Picker
32 Good Old Fashioned Cry, A
Product Attributes
Artist Jones,George
Music Format Compact Disc

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