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George Jones - Memories of Us/The Battle (1999) Retail CD
The years 1975 and 1976 mark a hard turn in the life and career of George Jones. After an extraordinary commercial and artistic run, Jones's marriage to Tammy Wynette collapsed for good, his substance abuse verged on the deadly, and most of his singles charted poorly. At the same time, Jones collaborated with Billy Sherrill for two emotionally potent, incessantly graceful albums. Recorded in the immediate aftermath of Jones's divorce, Memories of Us is relentlessly dark, distinguished by the unbearably sad "A Goodbye Joke" and "What I Do Best," in which pathos becomes great art. Surrounded bymore… Sherrill's often-breathtaking production, Jones's voice never sounded so plangent, so aching. The original album cover of The Battle is itself high theatre--a white bed, empty white boots, a framed portrait of Jones, spilled red roses--and the music inside is even more dramatic. "Love Coming Down" represents the perfect marriage of a grand confessional lyric and vocal genius, while David Allan Coe's "I Still Sing the Old Songs" seems to have been tailor-made for Jones's hard-country persona. Then there's the remarkable title track. The extended metaphor of "The Battle," in which satin gowns become armor and tears deadly weapons, would be absurd in most hands; yet the story of a marriage disintegrating into war, but somehow finding peace, becomes transcendent in the hands of Jones and Sherrill. That track, indeed the entire album, stands among the most moving and enduring work in the history of country music. --Roy Kasten
|2||I Can't Get Over What Lovin You Has Done|
|3||Baby, There's Nothing LikeYou|
|4||You Always Look Your Best|
|5||The Nightime (And My Baby)|
|6||I'll Come Back|
|8||Love Coming Down|
|9||Billy Ray Wrote A Song|
|10||I Still Sing The Old Songs|
|12||Touch Of Wilderness|
|13||A Goodbye Joke|
|14||What I Do Best|
|15||She Should Belong To Me|
|16||Have You Seen My Chicken|
|17||She Once Made A Romeo Cry|
|18||Bring On The Clowns|
|19||Hit And Run|
|20||I Just Don't Give A Damn|
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