by Chuck Dauphin
George Jones has been a recording artist now for close to six decades, having cut his first records back in 1953. Over the years, there have been countless studio albums, and along the way, many live albums. Perhaps the best of those is a disc he recorded at Nashville’s Music Village USA back in the 1980s, but each of his live discs have had their moments,
As part of their new “Set List” series, Sony has put together a dozen of Jones’s best live performances of all time, mostly taken from the 1980s. While the classics you know and expect are included, there are a few curve balls included on this set.
Take for instance, the opener, “I’m Ragged But I’m Right.” Jones recorded the original of this one back in the 1950s, and though it wasn’t his biggest chart hit, it has become a fan favorite over the years. “Wine Colored Roses,” which was a big hit for Jones in 1986, gets a rare live treatment, as does his 1984 remake of Leon Payne’s “You’ve Still Got A Place In My Heart.”
And, there are the classics. “She Thinks I Still Care.” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.” “Bartender’s Blues,” and the song that many consider to be the greatest song not only of Jones’s career, but Country Music history – 1980’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” all done as only George Jones could do them. Simply, a piece of Country Music history that you need!
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