Jones - Hits I Missed... And One I Didn't
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
you ever had one of those days when absolutely nothing is going
right, you're late for an appointment, stuck in traffic,
and hating life but just at the moment you are considering
abandoning your car and fleeing to a deserted island, your
favorite song comes wafting through your car speakers.
Instantly, a smile begins to replace those frustration furrows
in your forehead and you can feel your blood pressure going
down; Hits I Missed ...and One I Didn't will definitely
have that effect. This album is country music personified.
of the songs pitched to Jones over the course of his fifty year
career, which he turned down, later became huge hits for someone
else. It happened so often that he began to joke about the
"hits he missed." The original concept for this album
was "songs George wished he had recorded," but the
project evolved into somewhat of a tribute project from Jones to
various artists and songwriters that he admires; Willie, Merle
and Randy Travis among them. Looking over the song list, it is
easy to see why he selected the ones he did.
is credited with recording nearly 1,000 songs and charting more
singles than any other artist. On Hits I Missed ... and One I
Didn't, the one he didn't is a new version of the
song that was voted the number one country song of all time;
"He Stopped Loving Her Today." The new version is
reflective of a much more mellow singer than we knew in the
past. The readily identifiable twang that has always set him
apart from others is still there but time has softened and
refined it. Jones says about this cut, "I sing it better
today than I did originally" and he is absolutely right
are several stand out tracks on this album but "The Blues
Man" is definitely one of my favorites. Some folks think
that Jones was the inspiration for this song but Jones, himself,
thinks that Hank Williams Jr. wrote it about his father.
However, anyone who is even remotely familiar with the
tumultuous relationship Jones had, in his former incarnation;
with the legendary Tammy Wynette will be able to see the
similarity between "The Blues Man" and the infamous
"No Show Jones." This song is such a lyrically
powerful song and Dolly Parton's dramatic cameo is the perfect
accent to Jones' haunting delivery. This song is categorically
splendid; Jones and Parton both sing with such intense emotion
and when their voices fuse on the chorus, it is utterly
enjoyed reading Jones' comments in the liner notes. It is
interesting to hear him reminisce about some of the greatest
songs, and songwriters, of all time. Fifty years from the start
of his career this is a gentler, kinder, more loving Jones and
his voice reflects the transformation. One of the promo sheets
defines him as, "a romantic, relaxed, soulful Jones who is,
at long last, totally comfortable in his own musical skin."
I think this album reflects that and a whole lot more. Actually,
you can sum this album up in just one word ... superb.
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