George Jones had one of the most beloved and respected voices in country music history. One note from his trembling, gorgeous voice is instantly recognized by country fans everywhere. Now, Jones fans with have a little more of the Possum to treasure with the release of George Jones: Birth of a Legend — The Truly Complete Starday and Mercury Recordings 1954-1961. The six-disc box set will feature previously unreleased tracks and alternate takes of some of Jones’ famous tunes.
The box set, which includes 200 tracks, is a treasure for the diehard George Jones fan. Accompanying the music in the set is a 174-page hardcover book. The massive collection will take listeners through the trajectory of Jones’ early career, from his less than successful turn as a rockabilly singer in the 1950s known as Thumper Jones to his status as a bona fide honky tonk crooner with hits such as “Why Baby Why” and “Window Up Above.” The set also includes Jones’ lesser-known duets with Margie Singleton and Jeanette Hicks as well as his covers of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.”
The disc set will be released by German record label Bear Family on Feb. 24 of next year. You can pre-order the box set here.
George Jones passed away in April 2013 at the age of 81 after being hospitalized for irregular blood pressure a week before. Fans and peers still look to the singer as one the definitive voices of the country genre. His music, like his life, was full of both heartaches and redemption tales. George Jones: Birth of a Legend… is sure to be a captivating look into the early chapters of the Possum’s incredible life.