The list of artists who sing with George Jones on My Very Special Guests (Legacy Edition) reads like the ultimate guide to twentieth century music icons; and not just within the country genre. This two-disc set has the original album's ten songs PLUS twenty-seven additional duets. Yep, twenty-seven. Among the eclectic group of artists singing with Jones, are Willie, Alan Jackson, Elvis Costello, Waylon, B.B. King, Tammy Wynette, James Taylor, Ray Charles; and these are just a few of the famous names. Once you've listened to both CDs the math is easy. Ten duets, plus twenty-seven duets equals thirty-seven noteworthy, marvelous, albeit historical, musical duos. When they included "legacy" in the title, they knew what they were doing. And in this case, the legacy isn't just a simple bequest, it truly is a gift. Don't take my word for it, take a look at the complete song list below; it really does read like a "Who's Who in Music."
Even if you aren't a fan of George Jones -- and I have heard rumors that there really are some folks who aren't; as inconceivable as that seems for those of us who grew up listening to the Ol Possum -- do yourself a favor and pick up this double disc set. You won't be disappointed since there truly is something for everybody on this album and as if the magnificent vocal harmonies weren't enough, they loaded up the album with some of the most spectacular instrumentals you'll ever hear. The result is pure unadulterated musical bliss. Whether it's Charlie Daniels fantastic fiddle on "Fiddle and Guitar Band", the really soulful harmonica on the delightful, two-stepper "If I Could Bottle This Up" with Shelby Lynne, or the weeping peddle steel blending with the harmonica when Lynn Anderson takes the lead on "If you Can Touch Her at All;" it's all good. Many of these songs were recorded when the vocals and the instrumentals were simply recorded; without studio modification and/or enhancement. Perhaps it is that purity that adds the extra dimension and depth of feeling to these wonderful songs.
Although I enjoy all kinds of music, anyone who reads our features regularly, knows that I'm a die-hard traditional country music fan so when Waylon's melodious voice delivered the first verse of "Night Life" through my speakers; well, I was hooked. I poured myself a tall glass of iced tea, got comfy on the patio swing, kicked off my shoes, propped up my feet and got ready to take a casual stroll down memory lane. For the next two hours I tried to refrain from looking at the liner notes and chose to guess who the artists were. I have to confess that it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be to identify who was singing with Jones and there were plenty of really nice surprises. It appears that almost everybody has a little bit of country music in their soul and, perhaps surprising to some; Jones is really great at harmonizing with almost every one.
is really no way I could pick a favorite from this set since the song
selection was so diverse but I have to admit that "Here We
Are" with, the always vocally splendid, Emmylou Harris was pure
perfection and "Bartender's Blues" was especially enjoyable
since Jones sings in delightful harmony with James Taylor who actually
wrote the song for, the now infamous, "No Show Jones" back in
the 70's. Their vocal keenness is effectively accentuated by the
delightful instrumentals on this song. Pure country.
WARNING! The new version of this CD will be in stores on June 14. Be careful if you want to try and pre-order it online that you don't accidentally order the 1991 version which only had 9 songs on it.
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