Editors’ Notes Spanning 45 years of music, The Essential George Jones offers an in-depth survey of this country legend’s hugely influential career. Starting with his 1954 debut, “No Money in This Deal,” and closing with his 1999 single “Choices,” this anthology moves from Jones’ early days as a Hank Williams–style honky tonk artist through his flirtation with rockabilly and into his emergence as one of country’s greatest romantic balladeers. Disc One’s highlights include such hard-twanging favorites as “Why Baby Why” and “The Race Is On,” as well as signature heartbreak anthems like “She Thinks I Still Care” and “A Picture of Me (Without You).” Side Two covers Jones’ storied years with Epic Records, distinguished by the likes of “The Grand Tour,” “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will),” and—most of all—“He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Along with the Top 10 hits are such lesser-known gems as the barroom lament “Out of Control” and the tormented torch song “Stand on My Own Two Knees.” The Essential George Jones succeeds admirably at touching on Ol’ Possum’s finest moments.

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No Money In This Deal
1
2:19
 
I'm Ragged But I'm Right
2
2:19
 
Why Baby Why
3
2:15
 
Just One More
4
2:42
 
Color of the Blues
5
2:50
 
White Lightning
6
2:46
 
Out of Control
7
2:38
 
You're Still On My Mind
8
2:35
 
The Window Up Above
9
2:34
 
Tender Years
10
2:24
 
She Thinks I Still Care
11
2:34
 
A Girl I Used to Know
12
2:40
 
The Race Is On
13
2:07
 
We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
14
2:39
 
Take Me
15
2:20
 
We Can Make It
16
2:04
 
Loving You Could Never Be Better
17
3:03
 
What My Woman Can't Do
18
2:35
 
A Picture of Me (Without You)
19
2:31
 
Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad As Losing You)
20
2:20
 
The Grand Tour (Single Version)
1
3:06
 
Once You've Had the Best
2
2:38
 
We Loved It Away
3
2:23
 
The Door
4
2:41
 
These Days (I Barely Get By)
5
3:01
 
Memories of Us
6
3:12
 
I Just Don't Give a Damn
7
2:43
 
A Drunk Can't Be a Man
8
2:43
 
Stand On My Own Two Knees
9
2:38
 
The Battle
10
2:43
 
Someday My Day Will Come (Single Version)
11
2:32
 
He Stopped Loving Her Today (Single Version)
12
3:15
 
If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will) [Single Version]
13
3:10
 
I've Aged Twenty Years In Five
14
3:16
 
Still Doin' Time
15
2:48
 
You've Still Got a Place In My Heart
16
3:04
 
I Always Get Lucky With You (Single Version)
17
3:17
 
The Right Left Hand
18
3:14
 
I'm a One Woman Man
19
2:14
 
Choices
20
3:24
 

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