The Cherry Red label (and its subsidiary label Morello) are really doing all of us a huge service here by reissuing these George Jones records as two-fers (others artists too…..gonna review a Vern Gosdin one, too). These two albums are from 1972 and ’73 and have a host of Jones’s classics on them. The first one, A Picture of Me, the album reached #5 on the country charts and the title track reached #5. For the latter, Nothing Ever Hurt Me, two of the songs charted, namely the title track (#7) and “What My Woman Can’t Do.” (#6).
When people think of country music as being about “my old lady left me so I’m gonna go down to the bar and drown my sorrows” they’re talking about Jones. Only for Jones, he didn’t mean it as some joke or parody, the guy was the real deal, talking about heartbreak and alcohol consumption like the guy who’s been through both hundreds of times (he had). Jones had the best voice in country music, always picked the best material to record and always had the best players on his albums. These album, 11 songs on each, offered up the world such classic tunes as “Let There be a Woman,” “She Knows What She’s Crying About,” “We Found a Match,” “My Loving Wife,” “Love Lives Again” and too many more.
Happy or sad, whatever just dig into these two classics album from one of the absolute masters.
DOWNLOAD: “Let There be a Woman,” “She Knows What She’s Crying About,” “We Found a Match,” “My Loving Wife,” “Love Lives Again”