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
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.
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.
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.
pretty chill folk/country album I really liked some tracks like Our Private Life.
The odd song for my quirky indie romcom, but not a whole album
What a voice!
Nice, clean country
George, maybe if you’d fetched your own damn paper, maybe your old lady wouldn’t have left you! Decent country album and whilst I’ll never love the genre, Jones’ voice is pleasant and the tracks were a fun listen.
Ole' no show Jones. Dude's good. He got that name because people actually wanted to see him before. He showed up and phoned it in from time to time. But yeah, overall. it's a decent piece of my country music. Not my favorite but it's good.
Dit past precies bij m'n huidige stemming. Ik heb behoefte aan vriendelijke, rustige muziek :)
Some songs were really good, like the rocking chair one, but otherwise it was kind of dull
Like okay, but never been my genre
George had been releasing multiple albums a year throughout the 60s and 70s but seems to have stumbled onto something good with The Grand Tour. It's an album of heartbreak, like a country album that's got the blues. I wasn't at all expecting to enjoy this (just my genre preferences) but the earthy sincerity hit right. Sometimes you just gotta let her go.
I might listen again if I were in the right place and the right mood
Good ole country yeeharrr. Also a generous amount of lap steel guitar
I love getting country albums on here, even if they're unremarkable like this one. Never heard of George Jones, but he sounds familiar. That's because this era of country music all sounded familiar. Like Buck Owens we had before, this one's emo. I like how blatantly mopey and confessional this style of music is. Songs like "Borrowed Angel" are especially human and dark, this guy's accepting the fact that his lover is married. Weird, wild stuff. Again, nothing really special about this one, but it's a solid essence of country music at the time, and I dug a few tracks. Favorite tracks: Borrowed Angel, Pass Me By, Our Private Life, The Weatherman. Album art: Just like the music, unremarkable. This picture/tracklist combo makes up for at least 40% of all vinyl records for sale at Goodwill. 3.5/5
Country. Agradable. 3
Country. Ni fu ni fa.
Not my genre of music, but good vibes.
Country has a whole different concept when it comes to sad songs and depressing subject matter. This guy is more emo than any of those black eye shadow dudes and actually has the depressing life story to back it up. Music is straightforward with little variation, so it's mostly about that twangy country voice thing.
Очень типичный кантри-альбом. Отторжения не вызвал. Фоном даже хорошо. Весь альбом звучит как одна длинная песня. Как знакомство с жанром - самое то. Нахождение в рейтинге - логично. Кто-то и правда для себя может открыть целый жанр. Может даже любимый.
I don't like country music, though this looks like is a classic.
Decent country album with great runtime that doesn't stand out from the crowd of similar albums
This is about as classic Country as it gets. Nice flow to it; good for letting it play in the background. Not especially my kind of music, but nice enough for a solid 3/5.
J'ai passé de très douloureuses dernières 18h. En effet, hier soir, au moment de faire ma vaisselle comme chaque soir, le niveau d'eau de mon évier restait figé. La conclusion était évidente: mon évier était bouché. Après de multiples tentatives d'usage de différents produits chimiques et autres recettes de grand-mère, je me rendis dans mon magasin de bricolage pour y récupérer une ventouse très puissante. Une fois rentré, j'appliquais la ventouse sur l'entrée d'eau de l'évier, et pressait à de nombreuses reprises, non sans avoir bouché l'autre entrée d'eau avec un chiffon au préalable. Après une vingtaine de coups, je sentis quelque chose heurter ma ventouse. Je soulevais alors cette dernière à l'aide du manche, et découvrit alors un petit bout de Frank Zappa, qui était probablement bloqué dans la tuyauterie et empéchaît l'écoulement correct de mon eau. Cette mauvaise expérience derrière moi, et j'ai pu replacer le petit bout de Frank Zappa dans ma poubelle.
Avant d'arborer ses iconiques rouflaquettes, George Jones était plus ou moins une énorme victime à la coupe au brosse et au sourire de premier de la classe. Tout bascule en 1970 lorsque des amis à lui insistent pour qu'il fume une cigarette. Jones y prend goût et devient tout simplement intenable. Très vite, il se met à répondre à ses parents, fuguer la nuit, et, cerise sur le gâteau, à fumer des chichas dans le square de son quartier. L'album The Grand Tour raconte en partie comment il a pris la décision de se laisser pousser les cheveux.
Country music hey
when you hear the stuff you know why George was called “The Frank Sinatra of Country”. It’s OK, this “Nashville Sound” stuff from the 70s is so schmaltzy, so slick and so over produced. George has a great voice and sings with a ton of emotion but I’m more of an outlaw country kind of guy.
I found it to be a bit sad, with the themes etc. but clearly a very good country album. Not something I really enjoy listening to though. First track, ‘the grand tour’ is the standout.
album mi ovako paše u pozadini, pogotovo u toplijem razdoblju. baš sam išo provjerit, lik ima 87 studijskih albuma, e to ko sve presluša je bolestan.
Country. No demasiado aburrido.
I liked this. It’s old school country, George Jones has such a smooth calming voice. Would have liked more pick me ups in the music as most of the album is pretty slow moving. Don’t listen if you don’t like country, you will hate it.
decent country album
A decent country album but I may not be old, nor divorced enough times to truly appreciate it.
Country muito country MUITO country. MUITO. Country. Country. 3/5
So this album solidifies that when I've said in the past "I don't like country", what I MEAN is "I don't like current bro-country". Older country has a lot more genuine emotion behind it and can also be very tongue-in-cheek as well.
I liked a couple of songs, more than I thought i would but country still isn't my thing.
really not my style
Country music, and kinda bland country music at that.
meh, too slow for me
I can tolerate some old country
Always thought George Jones was a bit overrated and this didn't change my mind I'm afraid. Really short album though at just 28 minutes for 11 songs.
Was intrigued after I saw Tales From The Tour Bus episodes about George Jones and Tammy Wynette. It opens with probably the best song on the album "The Grand Tour". Can feel some emotional depth behind the album; unfortunately I'm so predisposed to hate twangy country, it's hard to give it much time or think I'd relisten to it that often.
Not for me
Got a bit bored
Not my style
Not my cup of tea, but appreciated.
Not my thing but listened all the way through / bumped the rating because 1. Only 28 mins and 2. Gma K loved this guy - nostalgia value gets 1 extra ⭐
Classic country with a classic country voice. Short album. 4/10.
Didn't mind it. Authentic at least
Was alright. Forgotten it already though. 5/10
Nice voice. It's fine I guess, I don't listen much to country.
Sad to the max
Meh. George was alright.
Just too slow for me.
The Possum belts out some pure home distilled country. BT: The Grand Tour, Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through), Once You've Had the Best
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: The Grand Tour, Darlin', The Weatherman Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Saw someone call this the country "In The Wee Small Hours". I don't even especially like that album but let's pump the breaks. There are some good songs on here though.
Only really a fan of the title track - everything else was just pretty boring. It's gonna take a bit more for me to enjoy country music Liked: The Grand Tour
Respeito mas não é a minha.
Easily forgettable easy-listening. But it didn't offend me.
Incredibly sweet. Very much too much so.
Good for comedy value. Cliched country, all male voices sound the same, it could be Garth Brooks or Waylon Jennings, I can't tell them apart, not unpleasant but just jaded. Modern (especially female, eg Moll Tuttle) country is way better these days.
Classic country sound, although a bit slow and simple
Too much country, not my thing.
Not my favorite genre but it wasn’t too bad.
Pfff, country. Kweet nie hor. Heb er snel even doorheen geluisterd. Niet te doen.
No thank you
The bland tour
Not one of my favorites
I'm sure this is a seminal country album. And there's no denying his beautiful voice and story telling talents....but it's just not a genre that I enjoy listening to. 2.5 stars
Sappy old drunk, he sang the same song 11 different ways on this album. It gets old fast. But he does have a nice voice.
It's always the saddest, loneliest men who may or may not have been rejected that make the best country music. I'm not saying George Jones is the best, I'm just saying I can tell he is very sad and every song is about him losing a girl. I almost passed on this album because I thought the title indicated that it was a live one but thankfully it wasn't. Wasn't a huge fan.
A bit boring. I am not a country fan, but there are some great country albums. This is not one of them.
Judged the album by the cover. Was correct.
Every song on here sounds like one that is playing in a nearly empty saloon when a stranger arrives in town looking for someone, when one of the regulars instantly challenges the stranger, who through little effort subdues this challenger before asking once again if anyone knows the person he's looking for. Anyway, not my cup of tea.
det här var för tråkigt, herrrrrrregud.
Puoliväliin kuunnellessa tietää jo mitä antaa. Tätä kantrishaibaahan tääkin on, en osaa arvostaa
Yksi biisi kerrallaan saattais olla ihan kuunneltavaa, mutta levyllinen putkeen oli ärhäkkä yliannostus. Aika paskaa.
Not for me really.
Just a but boring
Boy oh boy. The song “the Grand Tour” is fucking epic. Brilliant. The rest of the album is kind of “meh” not bad, some songs even pleasant but if I’m rating the album and not a fantastic song that is on it I’m going to have to call it a 2. Just not my thing. The one song almost bumped it to a 3 but it’s just not there all in all.
Sooooooooo country. liked the title track.
WAY too twangy and slow for my taste. The Weatherman was a nice reprieve but then it went right back to essentially the same song over and over. I'm shocked this album was under 30 minutes because it felt SO SO much longer
George has a decent voice but the tone is too dismal for too long
This style of Country has never been, and never will be for me.
Not unpleasant just boring
Old time country...just not really my thing. 2/5
Country pop-ish, was not really a fan but it often needs to be exceptional for me to like it in the genere in general, liked that it was short
Dicknose Carrey Does It Again
not for me
Not terrible, it's old people country. 1.5 if I could. more honest than Odelay.
Same as At Folsom Prison. I hated it. Country music just isn't for me.
I feel asleep after the first song
Not for me
Lots of dreary vocals that hang tortured to the end. Why do so many old love songs just sound like the diary of a creep?
I could tell just by looking at him that I would hate this album, but I clicked to open it anyway. Spotify's algorithm will unleash severe consequences. Fothermucker!
Mikið þótti mér þetta leiðinlegt
Det är för deppigt att de svarta fick blues medan vi fick.. detta?
Yeah, I'm passing on this one. I managed two songs, but country really isn't my thing.
Again, not one for the ages. Miserable subject matter, in a musical style that isn't my favourite. Just getting to the end of this now, and been tempted to tell him to pull himself together at least four times over the last half hour. This is my first 1.
Not as fun as the coke-addled stories of his career might've hinted at.
This is not for me. I do love lap steel though.
Not my favourite genre.
Old school country. That type of music I always imagined farmers listened to. Not my style.
I'm sure if I liked country at all I could have some appreciation for this album but I just hate the twangy vocals and the songs we're very boring. The song tempos felt like he was trying to avoid a speeding ticket.
That's a no from me
My most despised genre is Country & Western. Apart from Dolly Parton, because, well...she's Dolly Parton.