Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride

"Got a jumpin'-type fella coming to the stage," says the announcer as this collection of rare radio recordings begins. George Jones, a jumpin'-type fella?

But jump he does. The hotwired 24-year-old heard on the earliest cuts here (dating from 1956) may come as a shock to fans who only know George as a golden-voiced, trad-country smoothie. By the disc's wind-down in 1969, he sounds like the Possum of legend - and the change was for the best. Still, that "jumpin'-type fella" from '56 is something else!

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