The late, great George Jones was one of the greatest singers ever...not "great country singer"...great singer PERIOD. He could express emotion through song as well as the greatest opera baritones of the past century. His recording career began in 1954, and continued until 2011...and during those 60 years, no other male singer came close to matching "The Voice".
And, as this 50 song collection covers a full 50 years, from his earliest recordings to some of his most recent. These songs include some of the best known "hits", as well as some terrific songs that didn't get much radio play. The sound quality is very impressive, with the songs from the 1960's having wonderful sound quality that closely matches today's highest quality recordings.
The other thing this collection does is to make clear that George Jones is one of the rare musicians who got better as he got older. Both his voice and his song writing got stronger and more expressive as he got older.
This collection is a rare bargain. It brings together songs from many prior "greatest hits" albums, as well as some rarely heard songs that are very difficult to find. This is an astounding amount of great music that has been lovingly remastered and made available at a bargain price.
There is only ONE weakness in this collection: George Jones recorded HUNDREDS of great songs...not even a collection of 50 of his best can begin to cover the range and scope of his career. I am looking forward to a future box set with 200 or 300 of his best recordings, remastered at the same superb level as this collection...yes, his career included at LEAST that many great recordings. When singers are eligible to be placed on Mount Rushmore, George Jones will be the first.
You don't have to be a George Jones fan to enjoy this collection. Anyone who loves traditional country music or great singing needs to hear George Jones at his very best. If you have a friend or a young family member who says "I don't like country music", buy them this collection...anyone who appreciates great singing will love this collection. We will miss you George, you were a one of a kind man, and a one of kind singer.