George Jones: Hits

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The majority of this two-disc release delves into the Possum’s catalog of classic performances, including “The Grand Tour,” “A Picture of Me (Without You),” “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and “I Always Get Lucky With You.” The sonic quality throughout the project is varied; the sound of the 1957 recording of “Tall Tall Trees” is understandably outdated when placed alongside 1980’s “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will).” Still, George Jones’ voice has served as a template for virtually every male country vocalist that succeeded him, and any aspiring singer would do well to study this catalog of hits. The Country Music Hall of Fame member’s voice sounds surprisingly smooth and supple on his first new tracks in five years, “I Should Have Called” and “I Ain’t Ever Slowing Down.” Though the project is not stocked with new compositions, as George’s fans have undoubtedly hoped for, it is a potent reminder of the singer’s indelible influence on the country genre.

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