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George Jones & Tammy Wynette

  • Greatest Hits [Epic, 1977] A-
  • Greatest Hits Vol. 2 [Epic, 1992] A-
  • One [MCA, 1995] Choice Cuts

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Greatest Hits [Epic, 1977]
If rock and roll plunges forward like young love, then country music partakes of the passionate stability of a good marriage, and here's one couple who know for damn sure that the wedding doesn't end the story. Their hits are alternately tender and recriminatory, funny and fucked up, but they're always felt and they're always interesting. And even though George and Tammy eventually succumbed to d-i-v-o-r-c-e, they don't give you the feeling that that's the way it has to come out. A-

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 [Epic, 1992]
In art if not life, this was a rich, amazing marriage, goofy and tragic at the same time. Anybody who thinks Tammy got nothing but trouble from the same old him should compare this "My Elusive Dreams" to the David Houston classic. Anybody who thinks serial monogamy equals mental health should try and giggle at the Louvin Brothers' "When I Stop Dreaming." Anybody who thinks novelty songs say nothing new should check the postconjugal intimacy of Bobby Braddock's "Did You Ever." A fitting companion to volume one--just press stop before the inspirational finale. A-

One [MCA, 1995]
"If God Met You" Choice Cuts