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Wine Colored Roses


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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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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DS3E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
WINE COLORED ROSES is a true classic from "the Rolls Royce" of country singers. Released in 1986 when George was with Epic Records, this album is a return to a more sparse sound. Producer Billy Sherrill cut much of the strings and background voices to showcase George doing what he does best - singing country songs with so much passion it will make your spine bleed whiskey.

There's a little bit of everything on this album. There is the sad resignation of the title track, the bitter account of a breakup (Don't Leave Without Taking Your Silver"), and a novelty ("Ol' Frank"). It's not all doom and gloom, however, with touching love songs like "I Turn To You" and "The Right Left Hand," which was written specifically for his wife, Nancy. Patti Page duets with the Possum on "You Never Looked That Good When You Were Mine," and although she does a great job, it remains a song that was meant for George and ex-wife Tammy Wynette. By the time we get to the heart-wrenching "These Old Eyes Have Seen It All" it is apparent that Jones - newly sober after about thirty years of self-abuse - had not lost a step whatsover. Pure country soul.

Billy Sherrill frames these songs perfectly and shows a flair for taking George in a more contemporary direction on "If Only Your Eyes Could Lie" with great results. In fact, it would fit in nicely on country radio today if not for the narrow-minded powers-that-be that run the show these days. THIS IS A CLASSIC GEORGE JONES ALBUM THAT REVEALS WHY HE HAS MANAGED TO STAY ON TOP OF THE HEAP FOR SO LONG. If you're a Geroge Jones fan and you haven't heard this, you're missing out big time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Yaekle on April 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can't say anything about the incomparable voice of THE VOICE of country music, George Jones. Its a shame this incredible CD is no longer in print. The title cut is classic Jones, which has interestingly enough, basically become synonymous with REAL country, not this bubble gum rock stuff they put out today with some rhinestones and cute faces. The song, "Right Left Hand" shows his happiness with his wife Nancy. "You Never Looked That Good When You were Mine" shows his stunning ability to duet with the best, in this case Patti Page. And my favorite should be Anna Nicole Smith's theme, "Ol Frank" a song about a younger woman marrying a man who owned "half of the county but would never see 60 again!" Start to finish, one of the Possum's best. Grassroots, hardcore, pure, idealic, honest, heart-felt, and LIVED are words which only touch on this surface of this CD, but more importantly, only touch on the surface of this worldwide musical icon!
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I lifted the title of this review from a promo item about this particular album. As it's been mentioned in the previous reviews, this album came along in 1986 and is a wonderful collection of songs. The album is named for the lead-off track, a ballad about a woman who sends George a letter in the mail asking all sorts of things...one of the things she asks is if he's quit drinking. Due to the fact that he can't tell her the truth over the phone, he sends her "Wine Colored Roses" in the mail. It was a Top-10 single in the fall of 1986. I have always liked the purple colors...an obvious choice considering the name of the album is WINE COLORED ROSES...the color of grapes on the vine...

The title track, plus the next to, were released as commercial singles. The rest of the album went unheard unless you happened to personally own the album back then...there was no internet and definitely no way of purchasing non-single recordings off of albums which is so common now. So, for those who missed out on the album the first time around, the MP3 version is here for all to re-visit the mid '80s period of his career. "The Right Left Hand", written about him and his wife, Nancy, was the biggest success from the album...it was the album's second single in early 1987. A third single, "I Turn To You", was a Top-30 success in mid 1987. That particular song could also be thought of as a song for him and Nancy but the lyrics aren't on the same level as "The Right Left Hand" which I believe the songwriters went on record as saying they wrote specifically for George and Nancy. As for "I Turn To You", this is going to sound funny, but it actually has a poetic feel...yes, I know, songs are poems anyhow...but this one sounds like a genuine poem set to music...
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