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Gospel Collection

George JonesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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GEORGE GLENN JONES was born in 1931 in the East Texas town of Saratoga. As a kid he sang for tips on the streets of nearby Beaumont. By age 24, he had been married twice, served in the Marines and was a veteran of the Texas honky-tonk circuit. On a recording session in 1955 for Starday Records, producer Pappy Dailey suggested he quit singing like his idols, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff and Hank ... Read more in Amazon's George Jones Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00008O30X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Amazing Grace
2. It Is No Secret
3. Just a Little Talk With Jesus
4. Where We'll Never Grow Old
5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
6. Why Me Lord
7. I'll Fly Away
8. Precious Memories (feat. Patti Page)
9. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
10. In the Garden
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Disc: 2
1. Peace in the Valley
2. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
3. Softly and Tenderly
4. Lilly of the Valley
5. Old Rugged Cross
6. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
7. Family Bible
8. Mansion Over the Hilltop (feat. Vestal Goodman)
9. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
10. How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Two CD collection of Gospel recordings from the Country icon. Features 24 songs of salvation from a voice that never sounded anything less than passionately sincere. Includes 'Amazing Grace', 'Why Me Lord', 'Just A Closer Walk With Thee' and many others.

Who dares trot out the contradictions between Jones’s dissolute life and the sentiments of these songs when the man has always been such a True Believer of some sort? He calls this his musical response to the infamous 1999 car wreck that caused him to finally give up booze, caffeine, and tobacco. Circuit-preacher’s son Billy Sherrill, who guided Jones’s 1970s commercial ascension, came out of retirement to produce these 24 songs (on two discs) and, especially for a guy accused back then of gussying up country too much, he forges an austere sound. Jones’s voice can’t execute the many twists, turns, and tricks it once did, but it’s still ripe with deep feeling; when he sings "I’m so tired and so weary," you don’t doubt him. So forgive them both for trying too hard occasionally ("The Old Rugged Cross") and appreciate this for the old-school testimonial, musical and spiritual, that it is. --John Morthland

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Grow Old April 28, 2003
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What a great surprise! George Jones with 24 wonderful gospel songs. At 71, George is still the greatest singer in country music. Billy Sherill, who worked with George from 1971-1991, is back as producer and his work here is wonderful. George and he have always been a winning team. The arrangements are good, the background singers are fantastic and George is singing so beautiful. I have two special favorites, "Peace In The Valley" and the last song on the album, "I Know A Man Who Can". Listen to these songs (and the others!) It's so touching that you will cry. "It don't get any better than this."
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God bless George Jones! June 9, 2003
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Another amazing late-career album by the indefatiguable George Jones, whose last half dozen albums have been real gems. Jones's old pal, Billy Sherrill, came out of retirement to helm the production of these two dozen tracks, and it's all top-notch material, striking just the right balance of solemnity and schmaltz. These are mainly old gospel standards, from "Amazing Grace" and "What A Friend we Have In Jesus," along with some newer songs, such as "When Mama Sang (The Angels Stopped To Listen)," all delivered with the seriousness and soulfulness that are George's trademark style, all framed by nice, solid arrangements. Anyone from a true Southern Gospel aficiniado to a diehard honkytonk fan should be able to jump on board with this one. Talk about heavenly!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Jones Sings God's Praises! April 10, 2003
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Just finished listening to the new George Jones 2 cd set, "The Gospel Collection". And what a collection it is! 24 tracks spread over 2 cd's, from "Amazing Grace" to "I Know A Man Who Can", with great backup vocals by the wonderful Jordanaires & Millie Kirkham of Elvis Presley fame. At 71 Jones is still the master at ringing every word out of a song. Yes his vocals have been better, but he is 71, and after going through what he has it is amazing he can still sing! What a joy to sing hear the Possum sing "Where We Never Grow Old" with humility, and singing "Peace In The Valley" like no other. Amazing Grace is also a gem. Sure some songs could have been dropped from the cut, but overall, 20 or 21 songs are really worth the purchase of this precious cd. Speaking of precious, how about the "Precious Memories" duet with Patti Paige??? She is 73 or 74, Jones is 71, and they can sing this classic better than any 20 something star in Nashville these days. I highly recommend this soulful Gospel album, by country music's ONLY voice George Glenn Jones. He may be older, and starting to falter, but he still has the chops to deliver & give anyone goosebumps. Why Me Lord? Does George Jones have to ever leave this earth??? Hope he lives Forever!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma's Favorite! January 3, 2007
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I purchased this album at the passing of my best friend, my Grandma. George Jones was her absoloute favorite, as well as old time gospel hymns that he signgs so beautifully on this album. We played this for my Grandma's services, and it was absoloutly perfect. It brought us all joy to know that Grandma would have loved it and the sound of George's voice made us feel like she was right there. Each song brought back memories of her and my childhood. This album was not only awesome, it was a blessing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GEORGE JONES STILL THE BEST July 19, 2003
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George Jones for years has been the best and only gets better with age. I love classic country music and gospel. George Jones is a classic and his treatment of these old gospel songs sent chills down my spine. I have been a country music fan for all my 65 yrs dating back to when it was called hillbilly. There have been many great singers but no list would be complete without George Jones and The Gospel Collection is one of his best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Good Whiskey....Better with Age February 9, 2006
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The urge to conpare the Possum to an old Whiskey is undeniable. He has, like a good bottle of Whiskey, aged wonderfully. The control that time has stolen from george Jone's vocal abilities, has been replaced with character. That's saying a lot for a man whose voice already had more character than pretty much any other country singer out there. These songs are done so nicely. His voice is sincere and strong, and you can feel his faith as he sings. My personal favorites are IF I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again, I'll Fly Away, Just a Little Talk With Jesus and When Mama Sang. I absolutely love this collection. I'm not an overtly religous person, and tend to keep my spirituality to myself, but found myself playing this set in my truck for several weeks straight...and doing so loudy. I made sure my mother had a set too, since she's the one who turned me on to Jones as a child some 37 years of the best things she ever did for me. If you like good old fashioned gospel songs...this will be a wonderful addition to your collection. If you're just a Possum fan...this will add some diversity to your collection. There's nothing like a sermon preached or a gospel song a reformed sinner. The relationship with the sin makes the sermon or singing that much better. This is money well spent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this CD! April 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
George has never sounded better. In this age of "praise music" it's great to hear a collection of old standards with words we can actually understand.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great from a GREAT! September 1, 2003
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I have been a fan since 1981. I've been through good times and bad times with George. This gospel album is the best. Though I am not real religious, I do admire what he is bringing to us through his music. Once you hear Precious Memories, you will be hooked. May God bless George Jones and may everyone see the light through his singing.
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