George Jones:50 Years of Hits - (Import CD)

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Categories
SoundtracksMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Oldies
  3. Rockabilly
Performer
George Jones
Copy Control
No
Format
CD
Title
50 Years of Hits
Country
USA
Notes

Even the title of the three-disc George Jones collection 50 YEARS OF HITS should be enough to tell you that the man being anthologized is one of the all-time giants of country music. A towering influence on all that followed him, not only in country but in rock and pop as well, Jones started out in the 1950s as a Hank Williams-influenced honky-tonk man who wasn't afraid of a little rockabilly either (the Hank influence is clearly audible on such early tracks as "Just One More"). By the '60s, he'd refined his approach, taking a bit from the jazz-inflected style of Lefty Frizzell and becoming a striking balladeer. "She Thinks I Still Care" and "Color of the Blues" stand as templates for how to sing a country ballad.
For most performers, that would have been enough, but Jones never stopped turning out heart-stopping performances. This is underscored by the presence of the mid-period mind-blower "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which reaches a superhuman level of pathos, and latter-day tracks such as the unstintingly bleak "The Cold Hard Truth," as well as the high-spirited, good-humored "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)." In case future generations want to know what country music was all about back in the 20th century, there should be a copy of 50 YEARS OF HITS placed in a time capsule.

BarCode
011661326422
Barcode
0011661326422
Label
Rounder
Distributor
n/a
Artists
  1. Various
  2. Nanci Griffith
Studio / Live
Studio
Previews
Entertainment Weekly (p.93) - "Strict chronology allows for fun realizations..." - Grade: A
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