George Jones

Super Hits

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Epic's 1987 Super Hits is a budget-line sampler of George Jones' '70s and '80s work for the label -- which means, of course, that the first three songs on the album ("White Lightning," "Why Baby Why," "The Window Up Above") are not original recordings, they're remakes. Billy Sherrill-produced remakes, that is, which means they're better and more interesting than your average remakes, but they're not as good as the Starday/Mercury/UA originals (plus, they're recycled from the 1977 collection, All-Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1). The rest of the song selection is a little hit and miss, highlighted by a four-song stretch in the middle of the record that brings you "A Picture of Me (Without You)," "The Grand Tour," "Bartender's Blues," and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." As samplers go, it's not bad, but other collections offer a fuller picture with a better song selection for about the same price, so there's no real reason to get this.

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