The Grand Tour is an album by the American country music artist George Jones, released in 1974 as his fifth album for Epic Records. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and contained the hit title track, which reached a peak of #1 in August 1974.Wikipedia
1974 was a hell of a year for George Jones creatively, with one of his finest Epic records, The Grand Tour, being issued that year. Jones' partnership with producer Billy Sherrill saw some of its finest fruit here. The Grand Tour was a watershed for Jones, boasting the title track as one of the most devastating country singles ever issued that came so close to crossing over it was being played on some adult pop stations along with Sinatra, Bennett, Dionne Warwick, and Herb Alpert. Ironically, one of the co-authors of the tune was none other than Jones' about-to-be-ex-wife Tammy Wynette's future husband George Richey. If ever there were a song that cut too close to home for the singer it was this one. Sherrill worked his most creative magic over it, with a string section that only revealed the size of itself when he wasn't singing and filled in between the guitars, piano, and pedal steel during the sung lines. Jones poured his heart into every syllable and its chilling quality after almost 30 years attests to this. But this cut was only the beginning. "Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)" with the Jordanaires is one of those haunting, mid-tempo honky tonk love songs that won't let go after the first chorus has been sung. As ballads go, "She'll Love the One She's With" by Hank Cochran and Grady Martin is one of those jealous country waltzes where obsession and love continually cross each other. Shored up by a small string orchestra and a pedal steel cascading through the vocal lines, it's wrenching and poetic. Johnny Paycheck's classic ballad "Once You've Had the Best" is done poetic and musical justice by Jones and Sherrill; in fact, this version blows away the author's. And in a nod to both Bakersfield and Jones' "Thumper" period, "The Weatherman" is a honky tonk stomper also partially authored by Richey and it sounds as if it were written just for this session; coming in the middle of a host of broken love songs, this is an optimistic, even giddy tune with a Mickey Raphael harmonica solo and a Don Rich sound-alike guitar break in the middle. Ultimately, this is Jones' country, the kind of country music that is pure yet as sophisticated as Sherrill wanted it to be. Chet Atkins and all of his countrypolitan productions never had anything on Sherrill, and with the greatest singer in the music's history as part of the team, combined with a collection of absolutely staggering songs (only I Am What I Am rivals it), this is one of the finest country records of the '70s and perhaps in the top 100 of all time.
This is a comfy album that's great with morning coffee (or an evening drink). Just the right amount of country drawl and simple strumming makes Jones a solid artist for his time. Not much of a country guy here, but if I can enjoy a country album then the name on the front must be pretty damn good.
The Platonic ideal of a 70s country album
one of the great country voices
Epitome of a classic Country record. George may be the best voice to ever record Country Music and his arrangements allow his voice to evolve to a godly state. As a full album, this set of songs is overshadowed by The Grand Tour and a couple other solid songs whereas the rest sometimes drop into the background. Stand Outs: The Grand Tour, Once You've Had the Best, Who Will I Be Loving Now
If I like this album, am I white trash?
Mislila sam da necu stici poslusat album jer imam 4 ispita idući tjedan ali rekoh ajde za pauzu malo a i nisam zadnjih par poslušala. Kad ono holy shit. Album mi je bio ko topla ruka koja ti izvadi srce i miluje ga na suncu dok ti gledaš i uživaš.
That’s good old country
I'm developing a soft spot for old-school country. What a voice.
Very nice. George Jones’s voice is the epitome of old country crooning and I’m here for it. This album makes me want to be on the road by myself with all the windows down, driving across the desert.
The Grand Tour and Once You've Had The Best WRECKED my heart
So this album made one thing abundantly clear to me: I REALLY HATE STEEL GUITAR. The first couple of tracks are heavy on the slide steel and I was in misery. Then it got to Pass Me By and She'll Love the One She's With and... I didn't hate 'em. In fact, I kinda liked 'em. In fact, about half the album is pretty alright. The other half, however, is like fingernails on a chalkboard. I was fully prepared to give this one star after song one. But the good songs brought the score up. Also, even though it's 11 songs, the album is only 28 minutes long. So, an extra star for brevity.
no, just no
Not as fun as the coke-addled stories of his career might've hinted at.
Ive never heard of this. I loved this. Pure country that just sounds great. Love it.
Never heard before. great album
Gut reaction was what is this slow, boring stuff but I gave it a second listen. This is sort of a concept album isn't it? not sure why the title track was a single or why people liked it. It serves a storytelling purpose but it is not enjoyable to listen to. Still, i'm enjoying learning more about Country.
George Jones is a big part of my dad's musical tastes from ever since I could remember. But I hadn't really gotten into his music like I have artists like Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, and many others. I don't recall ever hearing this album. Even so I knew going in this would be good. Really good. This is some really great 70s country that seems like it set the standard for what we think of when we think of country. Heartbreak abounds, but it seems to always be respectful. From the sad opening title track to the candid conversation from a star to his fans as the album closes ("Our Private Life"), this is a deeply moving and personal album that happens to also be a fantastic listen. I loved it and expect that George Jones is now a staple of my musical diet.
There's something about this album that I find very comforting. Maybe it's the simplicity of the lyrics where it seems that all there is to life is love and heartbreak. (Maybe that is all there is...) Maybe it's the resonance of the deep voice singing back-up that reminds me of my dad singing hymns next to me in church. It just feels restful and good.
I enjoyed all of the songs. They gave a coming of age indie film vibe. Favorite song from the album is Father and Son as Marvel is my whole personality and it's played at Yondu's funeral in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Steel guitar is easy to love, and there's little else consistently accompanying Jones's voice. I usually let context inform my impressions but do my best to hide it from these notes. Not so here: There's something about the opening track, closing track, the marriage. Beyond words, but I read it and then heard it.
Great, almost honky tonk, country
The King of love and heartache.
Funky and fun
Solid old school country!
Very Neil Young vibes
cry about it, why dont ya
I dig this! Country is the OG emo
George has a cool voice and a lot of great tunes here. The title track is the stuff you think of when you think of classic country. Very clean production and overall a joy to listen to.
Nice nostalgic memories of this guy playing from my Nan’s kitchen radio. Overall a pretty alright album.
Never heard of this one, which is nice. Country! The grand tour; absolute standard country. I quite like it, but maybe will get bored. Darlin' - slow, lovely weepy guitars. pass me by: again, lovely guitar sound. she'll love the one she's with: slow but pretty. once you've had the best weatherman: borrowed angel: quite like this, but still very trad. she told me so: sad chords mary don't go 'round: who will I be loving now: too slow our private live: has a 'cartoon' feel to it. I liked it more than i'd like to admit!
Solid country album
4, de fanade. Den sista sången va lite lame dock!!
I don't like modern country, but I do like the older country. This album is pretty great!
OMG so much heartbreak! I can’t believe these 11 women all left the same guy. I like this type of pure country, with the signature slide guitar, his aching voice and the hurtin’ lyrics. I was having a rough afternoon, driving around downtown (at a walking pace) trying to pick-up food donations, but it was hard to be in a bad mood with lyrics like “As you leave you'll see the nursery, Oh she left me without mercy, Taking nothing but our baby and my heart.”
The Silver Fox !!! Love his songs and unique sound!
Liked this album a lot. Again, don't listen to much country but this had nice melodies and lyrics.
Classic country and a great voice.
Such a comfortable listen. Just warm and soothing, like being at grandma's house.
I just came off reviewing a 2 hour long Smashing Pumpkins album, so this album was a delight. It's crisp, concise and flawlessly rendered. The album has everything you want in a George Jones album, that affecting vocal, the gorgeous guitars, the lyrics that are a total mood. It's a pretty perfect country album. Fave Songs: The Grand Tour, Borrowed Angel, Darlin', Who Will I Be Loving Now, Once You've Had the Best, Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)
This is a great country album. It’s simple approach to each song, short run time, great production, vocals and harmonies, and easy to participate in lyrics.
Old country is cool
Countrypolitan rules! If the record has a flaw, it’s the lack of rough edges – it’s almost too perfect. In fact, it’s as slick, shiny and all-in-place as the man's epic hair. Ingeniously conceived and perfectly executed. There are gorgeous keyboard and pedal steel flourishes all over the place. The unifying concept would be good loving gone bad or fear thereof. The even-toned, occasionally deadpanning crooning is steadily consistent – no matter how cheekily humorous, crushingly sad, shockingly earnest or blindingly self-delusional the line. One wonders how often he smiled (or winked) when performing these gems. About as good (and polished) as country can be. “Borrowed Angel” and “She Told Me So “are the highlights (for the irony, probably) but no real duds (save maybe for the closing cut). 4.4 for 4 (I wasn’t kidding about being too perfect and it also seems maybe more like a series of songs than an album.)
The Grand Tour is essentially a collection of songs about infidelity and relationship troubles (mostly infidelity), but Jones's attitude is frequently forgiving, unconditionally loving, and optimistic. At worst, he is willing to accept that people are the way they are and there is no point in fretting about it. Even on the album's final track "Our Private Life" where George lightly chastises the public about their obsession with celebrity gossip, he refrains that he doesn't mind giving up his private life because he came to play for them. He only asks that they remember he is only human when he comes up in the tabloids. I love the old-school rural way of thinking, where sometimes we just accept things. I used to see it in my grandparents. Everybody's got their troubles, often significant, and sometimes you just have to love them anyway.
I'm not crying, you're crying.
Toujours bon un bon country, ca sonne et secoute tres bien, autant que tout autre country. 4.5
4.3 - One of the strongest examples I've heard to date of good storytelling in country music. Another proof point that dismissing the genre as a whole is completely ignorant. Just listen to the the way the narrative unfolds on "The Grand Tour", revealing the detail that his wife left him and took with her their baby, is utterly devastating. Similarly, "She Told Me So" takes an unexpected twist when the singer is describing a lover who worships him but soon it becomes clear that actually he's under her spell.
Grand Tour is in my top 5 favorite country songs of all time. The rest of the album was good, but not much else on here.
This is pretty much a perfect classic country album. Just simple songs sung by an iconic country voice. A sound that I would not have tolerated in my younger years, but yet it feels homey as I listen now…
If you had asked me as a kid in the '70s why I didn't like country music, this would have been Exhibit A. Twang twang twang. This is Bob's Country Bunker kind of stuff. However, various people in my life and the aging process over the past forty years have had me come around to a new appreciation. I find it interesting that just a few days ago I was listening to Frank Sinatra sing in 1955 and I thought, "I think this is what traditionally masculine emotional vulnerability must sound like." I had the same thought with George Jones today. This is clearly classic country at its roots. Lovely.
A solid set of pretty well-worn country ballads, and some more uptempo numbers as well. The last song ("Private Lives"), I more enjoyed for the unorthodox subject matter, don't think I've heard a "gossip column" teardown song before. Favorite tracks: "Borrowed Angel", "Mary Don't Go Round", "The Grand Tour"
Solid old school country. Melancholy!
I appreciate and often enjoy the super-authentic old country sound, though at album length the slow pace and maudlin texture start to wear thin for me. This is top of the game though.
The title song alone for George Jones', The Grand Tour, is just perfect and is why I think country song writers are America's best poets. Love lost sucks.
I actually really enjoyed this. I may be a secret Country music fan afterall.
Again, not really my genre, but mad respect for these classic country artists. They were "real" country storytellers and singer/songwriters.
Quality country music. George has a great voice and the songs are pretty fantastic. It's just not a 5 to me for some reason. A very strong 4 though.
A touch too close to modern commercial sounding country, but it does still have an authenticity that strikes me.
Still the greatest voice in country. Hooch and heartbreak.
I dont think ill come back to it, but it was better than I expected, considering im not a fan of country.
I’ve got a soft spot for good Country. Standout Tracks: The Grand Tour, Pass Me By (If You’re Only Passing Through), Our Private Life
God gammel country, kærlighed, afslappende
Früher war Country für mich sehr unattraktiv. Bei ihm werde ich daran erinnert warum. Melancholisches Gejammer über Liebe, Verlust und ähnliches. Gekoppelt mit beinahe fröhlichem Gedudel. Eine merkwürdige Mischung! Nichtsdestotrotz stört es mich weniger. Wohl ein Zeichen für mein Alter...
I used to say I didn't like country music because of people like Florida Georgia Line, but listening to people like George Jones has changed that. I enjoyed this, not my favorite, but it made me appreciate the genre a lot more. It's soft and delicate, with themes of love and religion. Favorite song The Grand Tour, 5/8.
Not a country fan in the slightest, however this album wasn't that bad. I have nothing to compare it to though. I will put 3 stars however it's more like 2.5 stars.
Such a romantic. Only a couple songs that were a little weird. Old country is fun!
Well, muggy cool dark weather this morning suited listening to the velvety rich slower songs best. Kinda made me want to morning drink scotch. Faster songs like the Weatherman I didn’t like. Yikes some of the lyrics - she’s def cheating on you wake up!
Meh. Hard to really be objective here. I can deal with country sometimes. Not really today.
As I said in slack, this is exactly that kind of slide-guitary “my-woman-left-me-and-my-dog-died” mournful country balladeer the stereotypes come from! I had to relisten to it today to pick a fave track, as non of them stood out to me first time around. I think I'll go for the title track, "The Grand Tour", as that seems the most sad sack....
Definitely old school country music
I think I like a good bit of country and I know George Jones is one of those mythical country heroes, so I figured I'd like this album. But somehow, it just didn't draw me in. It's got some solid guitar work and some groovy rhythm, but on the whole, I just don't see the appeal.
Decent train choons. Got Father John Misty vibes at times, he must’ve been a fan.
A short, easy to listen to album from a genre that has grown on me the last few years.
Enjoyed it more than I thought I would...but won’t be in a mad hurry to listen again. Unless I go on a road trip across America.
Nice bit of Country 🤠
Sad old country music. Classic.
They don't make em like they used to.
I had to eat my original opinion on the album! Didn’t love the first song and then during a second listen later in the day felt differently about the it. Reminded me of my Grandpa.
I don’t normally listen to country, but this was alright. Might listen again
nice sad cowboy music. short and sweet.
Um álbum muito melódico, mas relativamente semelhante e longe de algo goste. Nota:5/10
Classic country that clearly influenced the larger genre as a whole. The album itself flows by and helps bring Jones into discussion with other contemporaries for a style of country long forgotten.
liked the first half better than the second. i liked this album overall.
Fun album, worth a listen.
A nice, comfy country album, but it didn't strike my particular taste in country. Still really solid, though!
Mid 70s country. A bit cringy by today's light but still great for the time period
The stereotype of country used to be sad songs about your girl leaving you, rather than songs about beer and trucks. Here’s some of that original flavour. Some of these songs are good, some are meh. That’s all I can say. Favourite track: “Mary Don’t Go ‘Round”
Just put on a little George Jones and just sing alone.
As far as country goes, this is quality. As far as music, it just ain’t got it for me.