George Jones : Walk Through This World With Me

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Sell date: 3/2011
Label: Bear Family
Mfg's Catalog#: 16928
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 Notes & Reviews
No other period of George Jones' long, legendary career is as murky and mysterious as his stint at Musicor, his home from 1965 through 1971. He left United Artists for Musicor after 'The Race Is On' topped the charts in 1964, once again following his producer, mentor, and manager, Pappy Daily, to new, seemingly greener pastures that just happened to be financially advantageous to Pappy. George was UA's flagship country artist, but Musicor had only one other hit-maker on it's roster and that was Gene Pitney, the operatic pop singer who flirted with country music in 1965, the year George joined Musicor, and a year after the British Invasion stole much of Pitney's pop audience. George and Gene cut two albums' worth of duets which brought them both a bit of crossover, but Pitney's star continued to fade in the late '60s as Jones' burned bright, so Daily did what any huckster would: he ran his lone star into the ground, having him record almost 300 sides in just over six years, flooding the market with singles and LPs, churning out records - on Musicor as well as RCA and it's budget-line Camden offshoot - well after George severed ties with Musicor and Pappy by buying out his contract in 1971. In a fitting irony, this profligate parade of product found it's counterpart in an utter dearth of CD reissues of Musicor material. A handful of cuts showed up on Rhino's 1991 the Best of George Jones, the Pitney duets were collected on a generous 1994 CD by Bear Family, the same years some cuts appeared on a two-disc retrospective from Epic called the Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, but the bulk of the Musicor recordings remained unavailable due to various legal reasons until 2009, when Bear Family released all of them in two big box sets. Walk Through This World with Me is the first volume, covering the first two-and-a-half years of Jones' time at Musicor, a quarter of a decade that produced several huge hits, many forgotten gems, and a bunch of standard-issue Texas honky tonk elevated by the natural grace of George and the grit of his Jones Boys. In a move that seems a test to prove whether the old adage of whether a great singer could sing the phone book is true, Daily would have Jones sing almost any old song, provided that he owned the copyright. He had a stable of regular writers, most quite talented, working overtime to turn out material, and when that failed, he dug up public domain gospel numbers he could arrange, then filled out sessions with current hits and re-recordings. Since Pappy did have Leon Payne, Dallas Frazier, and Peanuts Montgomery on his short list, he gave George lots of good, sometimes great, songs to record, and unlike Col. Tom Parker, he wasn't loathe to have George cut a tune if his company couldn't get the publishing. That said, there are times during this box where it seems as if Daily was almost testing the old adage of whether a great singer could sing the phone book and sound good. Of course, that's giving Pappy a bit too much credit - he wasn't there for art, he was there for commerce, picking songs and pushing Jones to break Musician's Union rules (according to George, they once recorded a full album in three hours, way beyond the union's three-song limit), but letting the singer conduct the band and set the arrangements, something that's made clear by the session tapes that conclude this five-disc box. This hands-off approach might explain why the first half of the Musicor years doesn't depart greatly from the sound of George's UA recordings; there are a few cuts that show a heavy Roger Miller influence, and a few that bear traces of the Bakersfield twang of Buck Owens, along with some Merle Haggard, but by and large, this is hardcore country with an emphasis on sweet, mournful ballads, and when it comes to this sound, nobody does it better than George Jones. Certainly, there are varying degrees of inspiration.

I Just Lost My Favorite Girl
What's Bad for You Is Good for Me
Don't You Ever Get Tired
How Proud I Would Have Been
Let a Little Lovin' Come In
Worst of Luck
Even the Bad Times Are Good
The Sea Between Our Hearts
Things Have Gone to Pieces
The Selfishness in Man
Wearing My Heart Away
Gonna Take Me Away From You
Simply Divine
I Can't Get Used to Being Lonely
The Lonely Know My Secret
Flowers for Mama
Feudin' & Fightin'
Along Came You
Take Me
Love Bug
I Made Her That Way
I Made Her That Way
Love Bug
Love Bug
I Woke Up From Dreaming
Blindfold of Love
Till I Hear It From You
I Made Her That Way
Four-O-Thirty Three
I'm Wasting Good Paper
Along Came You
Take Me
I'd Rather Switch Than Fight
If You Won't Tell on Me (I Won't Tell on You)
My Favorite Lies
Memory Is
Feeling Single, Seeing Double
Don't Think I Don't Love You
I'm a People
Old Brush Arbors
Ship of Love
We're Watching Our Step
Six Days on the Road
Blue Side of Lonesome
Once a Day
All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers
Don't Be Angry
Don't Let Me Cross Over
I Don't Love You Anymore
The Bridge Washed Out
King of the Road
World of Forgotten People
If You Believe
Talk Back Trembling Lips
Unfaithful One
Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown
Where We Never Grow Old
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
The Lilly of the Valley
Won't It Be Wonderful There
Well It's Alright
Lord You've Been Mighty Good to Me
How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
Your Steppin' Stone
I'll Fly Away
Close Together As You & Me
Living on Easy Street
Long As We're Dreaming
Let's Both Have a Cry
Back Into My Baby's Arms Again
Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
Please Don't Let That Woman Get Me
Your Steppin' Stone
Ain't Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves)
From Here to the Door
In Person
Swinging Doors
Developing My Pictures
Walk Through This World With Me
The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
There Goes My Everything
Life Turned Her That Way
Sweet Thang
Almost Persuaded
Soldier's Last Letter
Am I That Easy to Forget
That Heart Belongs to Me
Apartment #9
Lonely Street
Seasons of My Heart
Green, Green Grass of Home
I'll Be Loving You
Let's Get Together (One More Time)
Long Walk Off a Tall Rock
Party Pickin'
The Day I Lose My Mind
We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
Everybody Oughta Sing a Song
Walk Through This World With Me
The Man That You Once Knew
The Good Old Bible
Small Time Laboring Man
Give Me Just One Day Lord
Cup of Loneliness
Taggin' Along
Wandering Soul
When My Heart Hurts No More
Poor Man's Riches
Accidentally on Purpose
Time Lock
Tender Years
Bringin' It Home
The Old Rugged Cross
Where the Soul Never Dies
Take the World But Give Me Jesus
The Unclouded Day
Family Bible
The Honky Tonk Downstairs
My Baby Left Her Jinglin' John (For Foldin' Fred)
I Can't Get There From Here
Lookin' for My Feel Good
Window Up Above
White Lightnin'
Treasure of Love
Run'Em Off
Half of Me Is Gone
Talk to Me Lonesome Heart
She Thinks I Still Care
Color of the Blues
Until I Remember You're Gone
If My Heart Had Windows
The Honky Tonk Downstairs
When Love Was Green
Hangin' on to One (And Hangin' Round the Other)
Say It's Not You
There Ain' No Grave Deep Enough
The Girl I Almost Knew
I Threw Away the Rose
There's Nothing Left for You
I Stopped Living Yesterday
The Stranger's Me
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
Along Came You [Take 1]
Along Came You [Take 2]
Along Came You [Take 3]
Along Came You [Take 4]
Along Came You [Take 5]
Along Came You [Take 6]
Along Came You [Take 7]
Along Came You [Take 8]
Along Came You [Take 9]
Along Came You [Take 10]
Along Came You [Take 11]
Along Came You [Take 12]
Along Came You [Take 13]
Along Came You [Take 14]
Along Came You [Take 15]
Along Came You [Take 16]
Along Came You [Take 17]
Along Came You [Take 18]
Along Came You [Take 19]
Take Me [Take 1 With String Overdub] [Take]
Love Bug [Take 1]
Love Bug [Take 2]
Love Bug [Take 3]
Love Bug [Take 4]
Love Bug [Take 5]
I Made Her That Way [Take 1]
I Made Her That Way [Take 2]
I Made Her That Way [Take 3]
I Made Her That Way [Take 4]
I Made Her That Way [Take 5]
I Made Her That Way [Take 6]
I Made Her That Way [Take 7]
I Made Her That Way [Take 8]
I Made Her That Way [Take 9]
I Made Her That Way [Take 10]
I Made Her That Way [Take 11]
I Made Her That Way [Take 12]
I Made Her That Way [Take 13]
I Made Her That Way [Take 14]
I Made Her That Way [Take 15]
I Made Her That Way [Take 16]
I Made Her That Way [Take 17]
Love Bug [Take 1]
Love Bug [Take 2]
Love Bug [Take 3]
Love Bug [Take 4]
Love Bug [Take 5]
Love Bug [Take 6]
Love Bug [Take 7]
Love Bug [Take 8]
Love Bug [Take 9]

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