"MUST-HAVE FOR GEORGE JONES FANS"

08/18/08

Ken Tucker
Billboard
This collection of previously unreleased duets is a must-have for George Jones fans in particular and pure country fans in general. “Rockin’ Years,” a No. 1 Billboard hit for Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton in 1991, takes on a new life when Parton pairs with the Possum, and Keith Richards sounds more hillbilly than rock star on the album’s title cut. “Selfishness in Man,” with Vince Gill, would be an instant radio classic if it were released 25 years ago.

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Likewise, “I Always Get It Right With You” with Shelby Lynne is best appreciated with a straight shot of nostalgia, and hearing Jones and Tammy Wynette together again on “Lovin’ You, Lovin’ Me” is pure heaven. If there’s any downside here, it’s that we had to wait so long for these masterpieces

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