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The Definitive Collection (1955-1962)

June 22, 2004

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 54:57
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  • ASIN: B000W217R6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,354 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Some years ago, Mercury released a double CD (Cup of loneliness) containing 48 tracks from George's recordings with Starday and Mercury up to 1961. For those who just want the essentials on a single CD, Mercury how now released this compilation, which includes nineteen of those 48 tracks plus three others - Money to burn, You're still on my mind and She thinks I still care (the latter track was a hit for George on the United Artists label).

Compared with the earlier compilation, there are some notable omissions including Accidentally on purpose, Seasons of my heart and Tall tall trees. I can understand the difficulty of getting everything that matters on to a single CD but I think these three songs could have been included. Even so, none of these songs are absolutely essential (those who disagree will buy Cup of loneliness instead).

Most of George's most famous songs came after he left Mercury but among the classic tracks here are Why baby why, I'm ragged but I'm right, Color of the blues, White lightning, Who shot Sam, Window up above and Tender years.

While this collection cannot be as comprehensive as Cup of loneliness, it achieves its purpose of providing all of George's important early hits on a single CD. Building a collection of George's music can be very expensive. For most people, this will be sufficient to represent the early years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom, AZ on September 27, 2009
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Like the other reviewer said, this is a great 1 disc distillation of The 2 CD "Cup of Loneliness" compilation that also adds "She Thinks I Still Care" from the United Artists period. If you want more than this get "Cup of Loneliness" and The Razor and Tie "She Thinks I still Care". For some reason, both this and the other Mercury compilation substitute a rerecording of "Why Baby Why". I don't know why since they use the orginals of a couple other Starday recordings. Anyway, if you want the original version, which I think is better, you'll find it on Columbia's Spirit of Country, and probably a 100 other compilations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on May 5, 2014
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There are some songs on this album I have never heard George Jones sing. This is classic honky-tonk/Bakersfield/rockabilly style country; Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakum (some), the derailers etc. Very few modern artists paly this style of music & unfortunately those that do get no air play. If not for Pandora & satellite radio this style of music would have disappeared. That would be a shame; This is real country music not the garbage they play on country radio today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Secret Squirrel on October 5, 2011
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... or was it whiskey??? Who cares, it's George! What's not to like? (Unless you don't, in which case, don't bother me about it!)

All in all, it's a good cd if you are looking for a smattering of his early stuff. The stuff that comes later on tends to be more in the rotation for me, but this was a good place to start for me to start to hear his earlier works.

Good price too...
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Lucky me - I got the CD for Christmas!
What a Gift! George Jones did not invent C&W but this CD shows that he sure played a large part in it's history. These wonderfully remastered songs showcase George's early talent and rapid development into a country super star. The songs in this CD stop at 1962 with "She Thinks I Still Care" which is pretty much the George Jones that went on to earn millions of fans over the next 4 decades.
The early songs sound similar to what you may have heard from good local bands in 60's honky tonks across the country; you can almost voices from the past saying "this guy is going somewhere". This is not a "The Best Of" CD, it is however the best CD by George Jones that I have. My history of purchasing George Jones records began in the late 60's. I forgot to mention - the liner notes are fantastic.
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This album was a bargain when I purchased it. I remember downloading a couple songs from it a while ago: "White Lightning" and "Who Shot Sam", and when I found out that the entire album was at a huge discount, I could not help but purchase it. If some customers are looking for many of his earlier songs, this compilation is one to look for.
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