Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't
First Appeared in The Music Box, September 2005, Volume 12, #9
Written by John Metzger
Given that George Jones has had more singles land on the charts than any other performer, regardless of format, itís hard to believe that many top-selling songs have escaped his grasp. Nevertheless, his latest outing Hits I Missed...And One I Didnít combines a remake of He Stopped Loving Her Today ó the track that sparked his comeback in 1980 ó with 11 of these elusive tunes, some of which the legendary country artist, for one reason or another, actively opted not to cover. Considering the pedigree of the material ó Willie Nelsonís Funny How Time Slips Away, Merle Haggardís Today I Started Loving You Again, Harlan Howardís Busted, and Mel Tillisí Detroit City are just a few of the gems featured on the set ó as well as the traditionalist tone of the arrangements, itís no surprise that Hits I Missed...And One I Didnít sounds like a vintage album from Jonesí canon. Consequently, throughout the ballad-heavy effort, he repeatedly reaches his comfort zone without having to try terribly hard. Rising above the rest of the selections, however, is a cover of Hank Williams, Jr.ís The Blues Man. Delivered as a duet with Dolly Parton, the composition resonates with heartfelt reflection. As a result, it acquires an autobiographical air that not only elicits Jonesí best performance for the endeavor but also furnishes his 51st year in the business with a promising beginning.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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