Jones' 'Special Guests' Expanded, Reissued
The 1979 duets album "George Jones: My Very Special Guests" has grown nearly three times larger for its May 31 reissue by Columbia/Legacy.The 1979 duets album "George Jones: My Very Special Guests" has grown nearly three times larger for its May 31 reissue by Columbia/Legacy. In its new edition, the set not only includes the original 10 track album, but also adds 27 duets that the country legend recorded across the years with everyone from Johnny Cash to Patti Page to Elvis Costello.
Beyond such expected duets partners as Tammy Wynette ("It Sure Was Good") and outlaw pals Johnny Paycheck ("Proud Mary"), Willie Nelson ("I Gotta Get Drunk") and Waylon Jennings ("Night Life"), the original Epic album also found Jones breaking from Nashville to record with Costello ("Stranger in the House"), James Taylor ("Bartender's Blues") and members of Dr. Hook ("I Still Hold Her Body (But I Think I've Lost Her Mind)").
The new version's additional content adds duets with country legends, such as Loretta Lynn ("We Sure Make Good Love"), Buck Owens ("Love's Gonna Live Here") and Ralph Stanley ("Wonderful World Outside"), along with some of country's newer heroes, like Alan Jackson ("A Good Year for the Roses") and Vince Gill ("The Love Bug").
The set also finds Jones working with artists from outside of traditional Nashville, including blues great B.B. King ("Patches") and the late Ray Charles ("We Didn't See a Thing" featuring Chet Atkins).
According to Jones' official Web site, he and Nelson were recently in the studio working on music for an album due sometime next year. There are few details about the recordings or the proposed release, other than that the pair is looking forward to more recording time in the near future.
In the meantime, Jones is on the road, playing tonight (April 1) in Salisbury, Md., and has scattered dates scheduled into September.
Here is the "My Very Special Guests" track list:
"Night Life" with Waylon Jennings
"Bartender's Blues" with James Taylor
"Here We Are" with Emmylou Harris
"I've Turned You To Stone" with Linda Ronstadt
"It Sure Was Good" with Tammy Wynette
"I Gotta Get Drunk" with Willie Nelson
"Proud Mary" with Johnny Paycheck
"Stranger in the House" with Elvis Costello
"I Still Hold Her Body (But I Think I've Lost Her Mind)" with Dennis & Ray of Dr. Hook
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken" with Pop and Mavis Staples
"A Few Ole Country Boys" with Randy Travis
"It Hurts As Much in Texas (As It Did in Tennessee)" with Ricky Van Shelton
"You Never Looked That Good When You Were Mine" with Patti Page
"All I Want To Do in Life" with Janie Fricke
"Wonderful World Outside" with Ralph Stanley
"You Can't Do Wrong and Get By" with Ricky Skaggs
"You Don't Seem To Miss Me" with Patty Loveless
"Patches" with B.B. King
"A Good Year for the Roses" with Alan Jackson
"Yesterday's Wine" with Merle Haggard
"Our Love Was Ahead of Its Time" with Deborah Allen
"We Sure Make Good Love" with Loretta Lynn
"Size Seven Round (Made of Gold)" with Lacy J. Dalton
"I Got Stripes" with Johnny Cash
"Fiddle And Guitar Band" with Charlie Daniels
"We Didn't See a Thing" with Ray Charles, featuring Chet Atkins
"The Love Bug" with Vince Gill
"Love's Gonna Live Here" with Buck Owens
"If I Could Bottle This Up" with Shelby Lynne
"If You Can Touch Her At All" with Lynn Anderson
"All That We've Got Left" with Vern Gosdin
"This Bottle (In My Hand)" with David Allan Coe
"Talking to Hank" with Mark Chesnutt
"Never Bit a Bullet Like This" with Sammy Kershaw
"The Race Is On" with Travis Tritt
"I've Been There" with Tim Mensy
"Traveller's Prayer" with Sweethearts Of The Rodeo