The Crown Prince of Country Music

by: George Jones

{$George Jones} cut {@Starday Records}' very first album, {^Grand Ole Opry's New Star}, in 1956, and scored several hits for the label before moving to greener pastures at {@Mercury Records}. {@Starday} then issued {^The Crown Prince of Country Music} in 1961 to capitalize on {$Jones}' {@Mercury} success by compiling an album of leftover tracks that had not previously appeared on album. As a result, there are no hits to be found, but rather an assortment of rarities such as the {$Hank Williams}-esque ballad {&"You're in My Heart,"} which was the B-side of {$Jones}' very first single, {&"There's No Money in This Deal."} Elsewhere, {$Jones} does his best {$Faron Young} impression on {&"I've Got Five Dollars and It's Saturday Night,"} and flirts with {\rockabilly} on {&"One Woman Man"} and {&"Maybe Little Baby."} Enthusiasts of {$Jones}' early recordings will enjoy everything here, but the presentation is unfortunately marred by an electronically re-processed stereo effect. {^The Crown Prince of Country Music}, like {$Jones}' first album, {^Grand Ole Opry's New Star}, contains a number of obscure tracks that have never been reissued on CD, so collectors can only hope that as these songs enter the public domain overseas, a comprehensive anthology of {$Jones}' early sides will finally appear. ~ Greg Adams, Rovi

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