The Essential George Jones
Legacy / Sony
Thereâ€™s no better way to drown your sorrows than with country music on jukebox, and when a discerning fella needs to drink a gal off his mind, he naturally reaches for George Jones. With songs like â€œShe Thinks I Still Care,â€ â€œHe Stopped Loving Her Today,â€ and â€œIf Drinkinâ€™ Donâ€™t Kill Me (Her Memory Will),â€ you know the olâ€™ Possum has been down in the dumps, too. The Essential is a great sample of his earlier honkytonk work as well as his later countrypolitan work; and of course, no George Jones retrospective would be complete without a few duets with the late, great Tammy Wynette.
If, like me, youâ€™ve been waiting for the perfect George Jones compilation to come out, this is the one; the transfers are top notch, the track listing has all the classics, and the liner notes ainâ€™t half bad, either. So, next time you hop on your riding lawnmower and head on down to the liquor store, be sure to pick this collection up; itâ€™s one disc that lives up to its name– essential.
(Originally published in the Chico News & Review.)