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Anniversary: 10 Years of Hits
George Jones
Anniversary: 10 Years of Hits
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
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By 1972, George Jones was already a legend with nearly two decades of classic country recordings to his credit. But when he teamed with producer Billy Sherrill in 1972, he may have even outdone himself. On the countrypolit...  more »


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All Artists: George Jones
Title: Anniversary: 10 Years of Hits
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Roadhouse Country, Classic Country, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074643832328

By 1972, George Jones was already a legend with nearly two decades of classic country recordings to his credit. But when he teamed with producer Billy Sherrill in 1972, he may have even outdone himself. On the countrypolitan hit "The Door," Sherrill has the strings there from note one, softly providing the singer emotional support, and as Jones anguishes through a litany of all he's ever lost, it sure sounds like he needs it. In fact, on each of these 22 classics of honky-tonk heartache, Jones chokes down tears and swallows notes--his voice twisting, soaring, crying--as he weaves drunkenly down the thin line between despair and one more last chance. Country music has never sounded this devastated. Maybe it never will again. --David Cantwell

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An OK Compilation Of His Solo Hits From 1972 To 1982
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Typical of compilations to come out of the giant companies like Sony, this lacks any appreciable liner notes [just two meagre paragraphs] and no discography of the contents.

In the period covered he actually had 44 hit singles, but in this they decided not to give us any of the 12 duets with Tammy Wynette, the one with stepdaughter Tina, the four with Johnny Paycheck, or the two with Merle Haggard [four of the foregoing were # 1 hits].

Generally speaking, the 22 selections included do represent his best solo hits in the period covered, with the exception of Good Ones And Bad Ones, which was the uncharted flipside of the 1981 # 1 Still Doin' Time. A better choice in retrospect may have been the 1977 # 24 If I Could Put Them All Together (I'd Have You).

What you have to remember is, by the time of the earliest selection included here [We Can Make It - # 6 in early 1972], he already had 80 hit singles to his credit dating back to 1955 and, from the time of the latest one here [Same Old Me - # 19 in early 1982 with The Oak Ridge Boys], he added another 36 to 1997.

A better choice for a solid George Jones compilation would be the 2-CD set Essential George Jones Spirit which does include many of the Tammy duets. Even so, this isn't a bad choice at the price."
* Another Great Album For George Jones *
Gregg A. Thacker | Farmers Branch, TX | 08/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"George Jones is one of the few "Classic" Country Artists left. He has put out some fantastic material and it never ceases to amaze me with what he will come out with next. The Anniversary Album is a must purchase item! Each track that I listen to is a "Blast From The Past". The price of the CD is worth the monsy spent."
The third and fourth decades
Jerry McDaniel | 01/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"George Jones has been recording since 1953 and has had hit songs in every single year from 1955 through 1996. after a hiatus from the charts in 1997 he bounced back in 1998 and went another three years with having songs on the charts. in retrospect, this 22 song CD only sampled a decade in his then 29 year career but it's these Billy Sherrill countrypolitan-type singles that enabled Jones to continue his brilliant career long after his rowdy honky-tonk songs were replaced on the radio by crooners (Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, a risk-taking Ray Price, among others) in the early '60s. this CD is generally applauded for it's chronological sequence of songs from his first Epic hit, "We Can Make It", in 1972 to the song that had just reached the Top-10 in early 1982 "Same Ole Me". "Good Ones and Bad Ones" was included on the album because it's been said that Billy Sherrill wanted the song to be a single but the duet album with Merle Haggard later in 1982 wiped out further interest in the 1981 SAME OLE ME album {from which "Good Ones and Bad Ones" appears on} and Epic just decided to "move on" and promote Jones and Haggard's album. i usually have a gripe and i won't let any of you readers down so here goes: why did Epic include 1977's "Old King Kong" over 1977's "If I Could Put Them All Together?". i have never understood why a strong honky-tonk lament like that went ignored but the novelty "Old King Kong" seems to surface on all the other compilations too!? both of those songs can be found on the 1977 I WANTA SING album, which also contains the hilarious "They've Got Millions In Milwaukee". i encourage all the new country fans out there to buy this "Anniversary" CD and you'll see why everyone cites George as their major influence. "Someday My Day Will Come" still gives me chills as does "I'm Not Ready Yet"."