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Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings 1954-1961 (6-CD)

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GenreCountry 40s-70s / Bluegrass


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Levy-yhtiö Bear Family
Vuosi 2017
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Jones George: 
Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings 1954-1961 (6-CD) (CD)


6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 174-page hardcover book, 200 tracks. Total playing time approx. 458 minutes.

His fans and country music lovers have been asking for this definite set with George Jones' early Starday and Mercury recordings for years.

One of Bear Family's most requested sets ... ever!   The beginning of the greatest career in country music

All of George Jones' classic early recordings, including Why Baby Why, White Lightning, Treasure Of Love, Window Up Above, Tender Years, and twenty more charted hits!

More than 20 previously unissued takes and songs!

Includes the Thumper Jones rockabilly single and all of George Jones' soundalike recordings for Dixie!

All the era's duets with Jeanette Hicks, Bobbie Ellison, Margie Singleton, Virginia Spurlock, as well as harmony vocals by Sonny Burns, Darrell McCall, James O'Gwynn, Floyd Robinson, and Donny Young (aka Johnny Paycheck).

Exhaustive newly researched biography and discography!

6 CDs with a 174 page book, featuring photos from the Jones' family's personal scrapbook!

How It Happened

Almost from the beginning of Bear Family forty years ago, there has been a steady flow of requests to reissue all of George Jones' Starday and Mercury recordings. They've been issued and reissued on scattershot compilations on myriad labels, sometimes rechanneled into fake stereo, sometimes overdubbed, sometimes edited, and usually without any logic behind the compilation. As a first step, Bear Family founder Richard Weize asked Otto Kitsinger, Don Roy and Dave Sax to try to take the first shot at a discography of George Jones' early recordings. That was more than twenty years ago.

After the success of Bear Family's anthologies of Jones' United Artists and Musicor recordings, we decided to take another shot at making sense of the frustrating tape logs and session contracts from Jones' earliest sessions. Then we tried to fill in the multitude of missing pieces, and figure out who owned what. And then we commissioned Kevin Coffey to write what is surely the definitive account of Jones' early years. Finally, we contacted the George Jones estate for their photos. The result: the last word on the early recordings of the first name in country music.

Why It Happened

The reason for the years of work behind this set is that it represents the beginning of George Jones ... the greatest singer in country music history. Here he's young and vibrant with everything to prove and nothing to lose. Over the course of seven years, we hear him become the singer we know so well. There were occasional dead ends, like the infamous rockabilly single he recorded as Thumper Jones and the soundalike discs he recorded for Dixie, and there were some unworthy songs that were forced upon him or he forced upon himself, but there were also classic George Jones recordings, on a par with anything else in country music history. We hear the raw, unbridled Texas honky tonk sound give way to classic Nashville. Above all, we hear country music's greatest singer discover himself

The Result

These recordings have never been heard complete and in sequence before. In painstakingly cross-checking, we found unreleased takes and even a few unreleased songs, including little-heard numbers from George Jones' first sessions in the living room studio of Starday Records founder Jack Starns. >From there, we take in seven turbulent years that saw George Jones become the gold-standard country music vocalist, setting the stage for another forty years of hits. Truly, one of the essential sets in country music, for historical reasons as much as the pure enjoyment of hearing the genre's greatest stylist at the top of his game.

Saatavuus: Varastossa

110,00 €


CD 1: 1: No Money in This Deal 2: No Money in This Deal (alt) 3: For Sale Or For Lease (take 1) 4: For Sale Or For Lease (take 2) 5: Play It Cool Man - Play It Cool 6: You're In My Heart 7: If You Were Mine 8: Wrong About You 9: You All Goodnight 10: Hold Everything 11: Hold Everything (alt) 12: Heartbroken Me 13: Heartbroken Me (2) 14: Let Him Know 15: My Sweet Imogene 16: What's Wrong With You 17: What's Wrong With You (alt) 18: Painless Heart 19: Still Hurtin' 20: Settle Down 21: Dancing Mexican Boy 22: Why Baby Why 23: Mexican Boogie (Boogie Woogie Mexican Boy) 24: What Am I Worth 25: Seasons Of My Heart 26: Seasons Of My Heart (alt) 27: What Am I Worth (remake) 28: It's OK 29: Your Heart 30: Dancing Mexican Boy (alt) 31: You Never Thought 32: I'm Ragged But I'm Right Jones,

CD 2 1: I'm Ragged But I'm Right (alt) 2: You Gotta Be My Baby (take 1) 3: You Gotta Be My Baby (take 2) 4: You Gotta Be My Baby (take 3) 5: I've Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night 6: Run Boy 7: Heartbreak Hotel (short ending) 8: Yes I Know Why 9: 'Cause I Love You 10: You Gotta Be My Baby 11: Rock It 12: Rock It (alt) 13: How Come It 14: Boat Of Life 15: Taggin' Along 16: Yearning 17: Yearning (alt) 18: I'm With The Wrong One 19: Sweet Dreams 20: I Take The Chance 21: Any Old Time 22: Gonna Come Get You 23: Gonna Come Get You (alt) 24: Just One More 25: No Money In This Deal 26: I'm With The Wrong One (edit) 27: I'm With The Wrong One 28: You're Running Wild 29: Singing The Blues 30: Wasted Words 31: One Woman Man 32: Before I Met You 33: Go Away With Me 34: Radio Spot 1, 1956 35: Radio Spot 2, 1956 36: Radio Spot 3, 1956

CD 3: 1: You're Back Again 2: Don't Stop The Music 3: (That's) All I Want To Do 4: Uh, Uh, No 5: Uh, Uh, No (alt) 6: Cup Of Loneliness 7: Cup Of Loneliness (alt) 8: Please Take The Devil Out Of Me 9: Giveaway Girl 10: Too Much Water 11: Flame In My Heart 12: No, No, Never 13: Don't Do This To Me 14: Hearts In My Dreams 15: Tall Tall Trees 16: No Use To Cry 17: One Is A Lonely Number 18: That's The Way I Feel 19: Frozen Heart 20: Never Been So Weary 21: Maybe Next Christmas 22: New Baby For Christmas 23: Wandering Soul 24: If You Want To Wear A Crown 25: (I) Gotta Talk To Your Heart 26: Nothing Can Stop Me 27: I Always Wind Up Losing 28: Color Of The Blues 29: Eskimo Pie 30: Maybe Little Baby 31: Rain Rain (Rain Keeps Fallin') 32: (I Believe) The Good Old Bible 33: We'll Understand It (Farther Along

CD 4: 1: I'm Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down 2: Will The Circle Be Unbroken 3: Life To Go (1) 4: Jesus Wants Me 5: My Lord Has Called Me 6: All By Yourself 7: Deep In The Heart Of A Fool 8: Last Night 9: Now Tell Me (take 1) 10: Now Tell Me (take 2) 11: Now Tell Me (take 3) 12: Now Tell Me (take 4) 13: Treasure Of Love 14: White Lightnin' 15: Long Time To Forget 16: If I Don't Love You (Grits Ain't Groceries) 17: Stay On Board 18: The Likes Of You 19: There's Gonna Be One 20: Into My Arms Again 21: Who Shot Sam 22: Mr Fool 23: Candy Hearts (undubbed) 24: Candy Hearts 25: Have Mercy On Me 26: If You Believe 27: Big Harlan Taylor 28: Someone Sweet To Love 29: Everything Ain't Right 30: Relief Is Just A Swallow Away 31: Time Lock 32: Money To Burn 33: Talk To Me Lonesome Heart

CD 5: 1: Your Old Standby 2: Watcha Gonna Do 3: Accidentally On Purpose 4: Vitamins L-O-V-E 5: The Last Town I Painted 6: Revenooer Man 7: Sparkling Brown Eyes 8: The First One 9: You Better Treat Your Man Right 10: Out Of Control 11: Glad To Let Her Go 12: You're Still On My Mind 13: Just Little Boy Blue 14: Tarnished Angel 15: Slave Lover 16: Why Baby Why 17: Poor Man's Riches 18: Heartaches By The Number 19: I Love You Because 20: Oh Lonesome Me 21: (I'll Be There) If You Ever Want Me 22: If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time) 23: I Walk The Line 24: It's Been So Long 25: Just One More 26: You Gotta Be My Baby 27: Life To Go 28: Settin' The Woods On Fire 29: Window Shopping 30: Howlin' At The Moon 31: There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight 32: Hey Good Lookin' 33: Half As Much

CD 6: 1: Nobody's Lonesome For Me 2: Cold, Cold Heart 3: Why Don't You Love Me 4: Honky Tonkin' 5: Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 6: I Can't Help It 7: Family Bible 8: The Window Up Above 9: I Wouldn't Know About That 10: With Half A Heart 11: Aching Breaking Heart 12: Battle Of Love 13: Tender Years 14: When My Heart Hurts No More 15: Did I Ever Tell You 16: Not Even Friends 17: I Want To Be Where You're Gonna Be 18: Waltz Of The Angels 19: Are You Mine 20: One Excuse Is As Good As Another 21: Yearning 22: Looking Back To See 23: One By One 24: If You Don't Somebody Else Will 25: When Two Worlds Collide 26: Baby (You've Got What It Takes) 27: Talk About Lovin' 28: I Don't Hear You 29: Why Baby Why (edited version) 30: Seasons Of My Heart (remake) 31: Heartbreak Hotel (long edit) 32: Let Me Be Your Salty Dog 33: Back To The Country)