Jones has charted more singles than any artist in any format of music and while he may not have had the commercial success of Strait, Arnold, Haggard or Cash he retains an almost iconic status with musicians and fans alike. This compliation, taking the best single from each year since he began recording in 1955, charts his career to 2005.
Jones trademark note-bending vocal style (borrowed from Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams but made his own) is stamped on every track. For me no-one sings 'The Race is On' better than Jones, and my personal favourite 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' is an extraordinary song about a man betrayed by his lover. Despite her actions, he never stopped loving her the rest of his life - the day he stopped loving her turned out to be the day he died. His early stuff such as 'Why Baby Why', 'White Lightning', stands the test of time and there are too many highlights on this 3-disc album to mention. Check out the duets with various greats of the country scene such as Wynette, Parton and Haggard. The more recent years see a slight dip in form though '50,000 names' is a wonderfully sensitive song about the loss of life and the pain their families endure to this day.
When Jones sings about 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes', about the greats who have sung at the Grand Ole Opry it is clear that the boots he will leave behind will be big and hard to fill. In short, this is a must for those collectors who want an insight into one of the giants of country music, without whom the picture would not be complete.
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