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Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't

Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't

by George Jones George Jones


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The idea for Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't is a good one: George Jones looks back over the years and picks songs that he originally declined to record, only to see other artists having hits, sometimes very big hits, with them. This is a clever concept in a couple of ways, since it not only gives a glimpse at what could have been (not just for George, but for the artists who had the hits -- imagine if Bobby Bare never had a big break into the country charts with "Detroit City"), but it gives a strong, cohesive theme for an album, which is something George has occasionally lacked in his veteran years. Working with producer Keith Stegall, who has helmed his records since his lean neo-traditional comeback The Cold Hard Truth, George sticks to simple, straightforward hard country arrangements played by such stalwarts as pianist Pig Robbins and guitarist Brent Mason, and there's a warm, relaxed vibe to this house band of Music City pros that not only gives Jones a comfortable setting, but enhances the material. The songs may span several eras, yet they're all firmly within classic country tradition and while most are well-known standards, there are a couple of nice left-field choices (a version of Hank Jr.'s "The Blues Man" performed as a duet with Dolly Parton; Jack Moran and Glenn Tubb's sublime "Skip a Rope," which was popularized by Henson Cargill) that keep this from sounding overly familiar. The nicest thing about the album is that the arrangements are pure enough that it's easy to envision how these songs would have sounded if Jones had sung them first, but George's performances are those of a veteran who has paid his dues several times over, giving the album a comfortably worn, lived-in feel. Nowhere is that better heard than the one hit that he didn't miss, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which Jones was not eager to record in 1980 and only cut upon the insistence of his producer, Billy Sherrill. He revisits it here, claiming in his nice track-by-track liner notes that he's "learned to sing it better," and while that point is debatable -- and certainly this recording, as strong as it is, can't compare to the epic original -- it is true that George sings it differently here, finding new meanings in lines that he's sung countless times before. Only the greatest singers can do that, and Jones once again proves here that he is truly one of America's best singers. What's nice about Hits I Missed is that, apart from the clever concept, he's finally given a consistent set of songs to showcase his skills as a veteran singer, and the result is a subdued little gem.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Bandit Records
UPC: 0015707979221
catalogNumber: 79792
Rank: 62056


  1. Funny How Time Slips Away
  2. Detroit City
  3. The Blues Man
  4. Here in the Real World
  5. If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong
  6. Today I Started Loving You Again
  7. On the Other Hand
  8. Pass Me By
  9. Skip a Rope
  10. Too Cold at Home
  11. Busted
  12. He Stopped Loving Her Today

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Marty Slayton   Background Vocals
Sheri Copeland   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Vern Gosdin   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Bobby Harden   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Alan Jackson   Composer
John Kelton   Engineer
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer,Audio Production
Hank Williams   Composer
Jack Moran   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Mark Irwin   Composer
Glenn Tubb   Composer
H.B. Hall   Composer
Matt Rovey   Engineer
Jeff Crump   Graphic Design
Susan Nadler   Executive Producer
Evelyn Shriver   Executive Producer

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