George Jones

Sings Country and Western Hits

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While not a George Jones masterwork, this album is the equivalent of going to hear a really great country cover band in which Jones is the lead singer, and the set includes such numbers as "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash. The lights are dim in this imaginary country bar, affording the same amount of informational access as a listener has on the liner notes to this album. Thus, even with the benefit of squinting, it is impossible to say who exactly is in the band, although the bandmembers are obviously adept professional pickers. One and all attack the material with enthusiasm, and on a certain level this can be looked at as some kind of country music ideal. This is a recording of songs played pure and simple, from the heart and for a little bit of money, and recorded properly but without a lot of production hoopla. The three Jones originals that come at the end all have the special zest he brings to his material, especially the rollicking "You Gotta Be My Baby." In retrospect, these originals make the balance of the material actually seem like the work of a cover band in comparison.

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