"FINE, STYLISTICALLY INTRIGUING COLLECTION OF DUETS"

08/18/08

Ron Wynn
Though the sessions range from the 1970s to a poignant father/daughter collaboration cut two years ago, the consistently thrilling and magnificent voice of George Jones is a constant on this fine, stylistically intriguing collection of duets initially done for other projects but never issued until now. The opening “You and Me and Time” pairs him with daughter Georgette, whose aching delivery perfectly communicates the song’s theme of emotional struggles over a long time period. “Lovin’ You, Lovin’ Me” teams Jones with former wife Tammy and is much more than a leftover archive item.

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Otherwise Jones’ wondrous sound is contrasted in meetings with country, bluegrass and even rock greats (Keith Richards, Leon Russell), though it’s the match-ups with Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Mark Chesnutt, Marty Stuart and Jim Lauderdale that prove this set’s most engaging and exciting occasions.

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