George Jones Twofer Kicks Off American Beat/Collectors' Choice Alliance
Two classic Billy Sherrill-produced albums from the early ‘70s to be housed on a single CD, due out April 7.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The original liner notes from 1972 say it all: “George Jones has been around long enough to be a household name to country music fans. Even though his unique phrasing and style, his trademarks, are still the same as his ‘The Race Is On’ and ‘White Lightnin’’ days, there’s a subtle difference — a mellowing that comes from years of experience combined with the teaming of super-talented George and equally talented producer Billy Sherrill.” On April 7, 2009, two of Jones’ signature Sherrill- produced albums, A Picture of Me and Nothing Ever Hurts Me, will be reissued as a single CD by American Beat Records, now part of the Collectors’ Choice Music family of labels.
Both A Picture of Me and Nothing Ever Hurts Me are regarded as George Jones classics, and both are recipient of rare five-star reviews on AllMusic.com. A Picture of Me reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Country Album chart and featured two Top 10 smashes — the title track and “What My Woman Can’t Do.” A world-class songwriter in his own right, Jones nonetheless employed several of Nashville’s finest to write many of the songs on these albums — then-wife Tammy Wynette (“Wine [You’ve Used Me Long Enough]”), Tom T. Hall (“Second Handed Flowers,” “Never Having You”), Lefty Frizzell (“Mom and Dad’s Waltz”), Bobby Braddock (“Nothing Ever Hurt Me [Half As Bad as Losing You]”), Freddy Weller and Spooner Oldham (“She Loves Me [Right Out of Mind]”) and Peanut Montgomery (“The Man Worth Lovin’ You,” “We Found a Match”). In addition, The Jordanaires, best known as vocal accompanists on many of Elvis Presley’s hits, provide background vocals here.
In the space of two short years, American Beat Records has made a name for itself as a reissue label concentrating on ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s power pop and country. Collectors’ Choice Music is proud to announce that American Beat has joined its list of imprints (along with Noble Rot and Hep Cat Records), and that the label will continue to put out key Americana releases, including upcoming deluxe reissues from the Del-Lords and the Paley Brothers!