George Jones / Tammy Wynette

Love Songs [2004]

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Oh yeah, this is it. Just in time for Valentine's Day 2004, Legacy kicks loose this compilation of love songs by George Jones and Tammy Wynette. And though it only contains 14 songs, they are choice. The six years documented here, 1971-1976, when the duo were sharing Billy Sherrill as a producer, offer one of the most beautifully stylized and emotionally wrought pairings in country music history. Whether it be the classic "The Ceremony," in which the pair openly declare wedding vows, to the devastatingly beautiful "It's Been a Beautiful Life (Loving You)," to the redone, definitive version of "We're Gonna Hold On" -- that Jones originally recorded with Melba Montgomery -- and arguably, the greatest version of the Billy Sherrill-Curly Putman classic "My Elusive Dreams" ever put on tape, the result is the same: pure countrypolitan bliss (though "We're Not the Jet Set" could have been here, too). Highly recommended.

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