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George Jones: The Great Lost Hits (2CD)
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George Jones: The Great Lost Hits (2CD)
Genres: Country, Pop
 
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LOST GEORGE JONES HITS -- FIRST TIME EVER ON CD! Includes 2 Unreleased Tracks! — Many consider George Jones to be the greatest singer in country music history, but a number of his best-loved recordings from his chart-toppin...  more »

      
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All Artists: George Jones
Title: George Jones: The Great Lost Hits (2CD)
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Time Life Entertainment
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Re-Release Date: 2/23/2010
Genres: Country, Pop
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Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 610583336528

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LOST GEORGE JONES HITS -- FIRST TIME EVER ON CD! Includes 2 Unreleased Tracks!

Many consider George Jones to be the greatest singer in country music history, but a number of his best-loved recordings from his chart-topping years have never been available on CD. Jones recorded for Musicor Records from 1965 until 1972,
when he was at the peak of his vocal form, and for years these tracks have been tied up in litigation and haven't been available on CD, until now.
Time Life is proud to release GEORGE JONES: THE GREAT LOST HITS and conducted extensive research to identify the best sources for sound quality on this fabulous collection. The productions are simple and to the point -- a voice like
George's needs no more ornamentation than it has here. This is the gold standard of country singing.
Our 34-song, 2-CD collection includes his all-time classics like 'A Good Year for the Roses,' 'Walk through this World with Me,' 'I'll Share My World with You,' 'Love Bug,' and 'When the Grass Grows over Me.' We've also included the original version of 'Beneath Still Waters' (later a #1 country hit for Emmylou Harris) and 'Your Angel Steps out of Heaven' (later recorded by Elvis Costello, Flying Burrito Brothers and others). Plus we've got the original version of 'Where Grass Won't
Grow,' later re-recorded by George with Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.
George Jones is the gold standard of country vocalists, and his distinctive voice evokes the raw emotions caused by grief, love, and emotional hardship. There is no doubt that Jones helped set the standard for modern country music.

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The Musicor Hits of George Jones
Mark Blevins | Lindside, WV United States | 02/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This double disc set gathers all the hits Jones cut for the Pappy Daily owned Musicor label from 1965 to 1971, when Jones left to join Epic Records with Tammy Wynette. The recordings have been out of print due to legal issues for years in the U.S., but many cut-rate CDs with inferior recordings and alternate takes have been around. The versions on these CDs are the original versions of the hits.

Some of Jones' best loved hits are here: "Walk Through This World With Me," "A Good Year For the Roses," and "Things Have Gone to Pieces" among them. The sound is outstanding and the liner notes do a nice job of summing up this phase of Jones' career. This two-disc set is the best way for the average fan to get these hits; Bear Family out of Germany recently put out a five and four disc set covering the entire Musicor output, but that's a bit much for most fans and very pricey. Jones recorded more than 200 songs in his time at Musicor, but the best of those are here.

It's my hope that this set sells well and Time-Life sees fit to put out another edition consisting of album cuts and the hidden gems in from Jones' Musicor years. If you don't have these songs, this is a missing piece in the George Jones discography.

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Terrific cherry-picked set of Jones' 1965-71 Musicor sides
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 03/13/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"George Jones' recordings for the Musicor label weren't so much lost as hung up in legal limbo. When Jones left Musicor for Epic in a rancorous split with label owner and manager Pappy Daily, seven years (1965-71) of prime recordings were left to haphazard reissue and illegitimate copying, and worse yet, inferior contemporary re-recordings. This is a textbook example of the cultural blockades created by the multiparty complexity of music licensing, restrictive copyright laws and the lawyer tax that attaches to just about everything. Jones waxed over 250 master recordings for Musicor during the early prime of his recording life, so the riches that have been locked in the vault are substantial.

True, the Musicor sessions didn't always live up the standard of "Walk Through This World With Me," "Where Grass Won't Grow" or "A Good Year for the Roses," but these simpler productions provide key contrast to the more complex arrangements Billy Sherrill would employ at Epic. Among the thirty-four tracks are twenty-three charting hits (missing only "No Blues is Good News" and the Melba Montgomery duet "(Close Together) As You and Me"), and eleven album sides. Lesser known singles like "Small Time Laboring Man" are complemented by excellent obscurities later resurrected by Keith Whitley, Elvis Costello, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris and others. Listening to the high quality of these performances it seems criminal for seven prime years of Jones' career to have been available only to collectors who'd maintained a turntable.

Bear Family produced the full Musicor output on a pair of 2009 box sets (Walk Through This World With Me and A Good Year for the Roses), but the price tag of these imports is out of reach for many. Time Life's two-CD set gets to the core of Jones' greatness in the latter half of the 1960s, and though a couple dozen more sides could have fit on these discs (their absence no doubt a by-product of the U.S. per-track royalty structure), what's here is true country gold. A few tracks seem to have been re-mastered from vinyl as there are a few minor pops and ticks, but the fidelity is excellent and the performances uniformly superb. The sixteen page booklet includes terrific photos and informative liner notes by Colin Escott. If you can't afford the box sets, this is a must-have. [©2010 hyperbolium dot com]"
A great compilation of his best Musicor sides
Cecilia C. Hull | Richmond, VA | 04/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jones recorded lots of music during his tenure with the Musicor label. Some of it was awesome, much of it was OK, and the rest was kind of crappy. The two Bear Family boxed sets that compile the entirety of Jones' Musicor output are, to be very honest, kind of difficult to endure. For every great song, you've got to endure ten or so that just don't make (or even come close to making) the grade.

The beauty of this compilation is that it gathers all the gems from that period (both hits and great album tracks) and leaves the crud behind. As far as great 60's country music goes, it really doesn't get much better than this.

Some will argue that this is Jones at his peak. Others will say earlier or later tracks were more definitive. My sense is that, from late 50's through the late 70's, Jones peaked a number of times at different labels. The peaks of each period are all worthwhile, but for different qualities. Which period you prefer will depend on lots of subjective stuff. It's just good now to finally have a definitive document of his Musicor best moments to go along with similar compilations of his best moments for other labels!"