Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|George Jones, Merle Haggard|
Jones Sings Haggard, Haggard Sings Jones: Kickin' Out the Footlights... Again
Genres: Country, Pop
On this disc the two country music icons take turns singing the other's hit songs. On four songs they team up on duets. The end result is an historic recording enhanced with stellar production by Keith Stegall and an al... more »
On this disc the two country music icons take turns singing the other's hit songs. On four songs they team up on duets. The end result is an historic recording enhanced with stellar production by Keith Stegall and an all-star band.
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Put the two greatest country singers together...
DanD | 10/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"George Jones. Merle Haggard. Singing each others' songs, plus an occasional spirited duet. I mean, really, what's the point of reading this review--you know you're gonna buy the damn album anyways.
Needless to say, this is probably one of the best records to come out this year. The Possum and the Hag are good friends--their friendship being one of mutual respect and recognition. Both are talented individuals (the word "talent" really isn't powerful enough), and both have seen some hard times in their hard lives. You can hear it in their songs--and on this album, they get to sing songs the other made a hit. I'd give you a list of highlites, but the entire album is worth repeated listening, so it's kind of pointless. From the opening (and somewhat depressing) "Footlights" to the closing "Don't Get Aroud Much anymore" (with Haggard and Jones breaking into fits of bemused friendly laughter, plus the wry joke here and there), this album is a classic. Buy it; just buy it. If you love country music, then by God buy this album. THIS is what country music really is--THIS is what God intended country music to be. Or maybe the devil...Whoever it was, they had damn good taste in music."
Last men standing
John Gervickas | Cape Coral, Florida United States | 11/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm borrowing from the new Jerry Lee CD for the title of my review, because the best two CD's I've purchased in a while are the Killer, and this one featuring the two greatest country singers of all time (sorry Hank and Lefty!). I was intrigued (and a little worried) when I heard about this CD (and the concept behind it). With Jones being 75 years old, and having significant vocal problems in recent years, and Merle almost 70 trying to sing songs associated with a man that just cannot be outsung - the possibility of a very disappointing disc was certainly a possibility. My fears were somewhat realized in regards to George. He certainly puts everything he has left into his covers of Hag tunes, but much of his range is absent on this disc (I've read that he has been having bad allergy problems, which affected him on these recordings). Notice the difference on "Don't get around much anymore", which is from a different session recorded at Hag's studio. You can hear the low end of Jones' voice, missing on the other cuts. On the other hand (much as he did on "Roots"), Hag reaches for notes he hadn't hit in years - and rivals Jones' originals on "Window up above", "Things have gone to pieces", and even "The race is on". For a almost 70-year old Merle to even come close to a very young George on those cuts is incredible. The song selection is mostly good, if not a bit predictable. Merle covers George covering him on "I always get lucky with you", and I would rather have heard George on "I threw away the rose" or "Swinging doors" than on "Sing me back home" (a song that is just to personal to resonate by another artist, IMO). George could have nailed "The way I am" and "Strangers" in his prime, but these versions are still pretty good. He puts a lot of heart into "You take me for granted", which I think is better suited to him than it was for Merle. The duets are excellent, particularly "Born with the blues". This is my favorite cut on the disc, showing that Hag's pen hasn't dried up yet. It is quite autobiographical, and both men sing thier hearts out. I hate to nitpick about anything on here, because it still absolutely blows away anything else that any of the pretenders are doing in the guise of "real country" these days. I guarantee you we won't be listening to Tim and Toby dueting in 2035!(at least I hope not!). The dialogue in the middle of "Don't get around much anymore" is worth the price of the disc (if you know the stories behind the commentary). Buy it up, folks. (get the Jerry Lee, too). It won't be long before all of the true legends are gone. Thanks again to the Hag and Possum!"
The Best CD in Years
J. Robson | Middleton, WI | 10/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Got my hands on this CD the day it was released and have played it over and over and...It's been about 25 years since George and Merle did a CD together. Their last one was good, this one is great.
I've listened to George and Merle and been to their shows for about 40 years so I know their songs very well. It takes a little getting used to when you hear Merle sing The Race Is On and George sing I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink.The first couple of times I played the Cd I would know which song it was after a couple of chords but the wrong guy was singing. It was great hearing the subtle differences in how they do songs made hits by each other. The duets are great too. You can tell they are having fun. I'd love to see a DVD of the recording sessions.
I have a lot of country music, real country music, and this CD goes in to the top tier of my collection. Any fan of real country will love this Cd.
In the last song Merle says "George we gotta get back on the radio". I hope some of the idiots running so called country stations have sense enough to play the songs from this CD.
I saw George at a show a few months ago and he told the audience that he and Merle are trying to put a tour together for 2007-I sure hope they get it done."