Bear Family to Release 6-CD Set of All of George Jones' Catalog on Starday and Mercury

by VVN Music

The people at Germany's Bear Family Records have produced some of the most amazing and complete box sets for many, many different artists over the years but, according to the label, few have been more requested that the catalog of George Jones.

On February 24, the label will finally make those fans dreams come true with the new 6-CD box Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings 1954-1961.

Included in the set are all of Jones' recordings for the Starday and Mercury labels between 1954 and 1961, a period that included his first eleven top ten country hits including Why Baby Why, Just One More, White Lightning, Window Up Above and Tender Years.

Also included are twenty previously unissued takes and songs and a 174 page book with an exhaustively researched biography and discography.


The track list:

Disc 1
  • No Money in This Deal
  • No Money in This Deal (alt)
  • For Sale Or For Lease (take 1)
  • For Sale Or For Lease (take 2)
  • Play It Cool Man – Play It Cool
  • You’re In My Heart
  • If You Were Mine
  • Wrong About You
  • You All Goodnight
  • Hold Everything
  • Hold Everything (alt)
  • Heartbroken Me
  • Heartbroken Me (2)
  • Let Him Know
  • My Sweet Imogene
  • What’s Wrong With You
  • What’s Wrong With You (alt)
  • Painless Heart
  • Still Hurtin’
  • Settle Down
  • Dancing Mexican Boy
  • Why Baby Why
  • Mexican Boogie (Boogie Woogie Mexican Boy)
  • What Am I Worth
  • Seasons Of My Heart
  • Seasons Of My Heart (alt)
  • What Am I Worth (remake)
  • It’s OK
  • Your Heart
  • Dancing Mexican Boy (alt)
  • You Never Thought
  • I’m Ragged But I’m Right
Disc 2
  • I’m Ragged But I’m Right (alt)
  • You Gotta Be My Baby (take 1)
  • You Gotta Be My Baby (take 2)
  • You Gotta Be My Baby (take 3)
  • I’ve Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night
  • Run Boy
  • Heartbreak Hotel (short ending)
  • Yes I Know Why
  • 'Cause I Love You
  • You Gotta Be My Baby
  • Rock It
  • Rock It (alt)
  • How Come It
  • Boat Of Life
  • Taggin’ Along
  • Yearning
  • Yearning (alt)
  • I’m With The Wrong One
  • Sweet Dreams
  • I Take The Chance
  • Any Old Time
  • Gonna Come Get You
  • Gonna Come Get You (alt)
  • Just One More
  • No Money In This Deal
  • I’m With The Wrong One (edit)
  • I’m With The Wrong One
  • You’re Running Wild
  • Singing The Blues
  • Wasted Words
  • One Woman Man
  • Before I Met You
  • Go Away With Me
  • Radio Spot 1, 1956
  • Radio Spot 2, 1956
  • Radio Spot 3, 1956
Disc 3
  • You're Back Again
  • Don't Stop The Music
  • (That's) All I Want To Do
  • Uh, Uh, No
  • Uh, Uh, No (alt)
  • Cup Of Loneliness
  • Cup Of Loneliness (alt)
  • Please Take The Devil Out Of Me
  • Giveaway Girl
  • Too Much Water
  • Flame In My Heart
  • No, No, Never
  • Don't Do This To Me
  • Hearts In My Dreams
  • Tall Tall Trees
  • No Use To Cry
  • One Is A Lonely Number
  • That's The Way I Feel
  • Frozen Heart
  • Never Been So Weary
  • Maybe Next Christmas
  • New Baby For Christmas
  • Wandering Soul
  • If You Want To Wear A Crown
  • (I) Gotta Talk To Your Heart
  • Nothing Can Stop Me
  • I Always Wind Up Losing
  • Color Of The Blues
  • Eskimo Pie
  • Maybe Little Baby
  • Rain Rain (Rain Keeps Fallin')
  • (I Believe) The Good Old Bible
  • We'll Understand It (Farther Along)
Disc 4
  • I’m Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  • Life To Go (1)
  • Jesus Wants Me
  • My Lord Has Called Me
  • All By Yourself
  • Deep In The Heart Of A Fool
  • Last Night
  • Now Tell Me (take 1)
  • Now Tell Me (take 2)
  • Now Tell Me (take 3)
  • Now Tell Me (take 4)
  • Treasure Of Love
  • White Lightnin'
  • Long Time To Forget
  • If I Don't Love You (Grits Ain't Groceries)
  • Stay On Board
  • The Likes Of You
  • There's Gonna Be One
  • Into My Arms Again
  • Who Shot Sam
  • Mr Fool
  • Candy Hearts (undubbed)
  • Candy Hearts
  • Have Mercy On Me
  • If You Believe
  • Big Harlan Taylor
  • Someone Sweet To Love
  • Everything Ain't Right
  • Relief Is Just A Swallow Away
  • Time Lock
  • Money To Burn
  • Talk To Me Lonesome Heart
Disc 5
  • Your Old Standby'
  • Watcha Gonna Do
  • Accidentally On Purpose
  • Vitamins L-O-V-E
  • The Last Town I Painted
  • Revenooer Man
  • Sparkling Brown Eyes
  • The First One
  • You Better Treat Your Man Right
  • Out Of Control
  • Glad To Let Her Go
  • You're Still On My Mind
  • Just Little Boy Blue
  • Tarnished Angel
  • Slave Lover
  • Why Baby Why
  • Poor Man's Riches
  • Heartaches By The Number
  • I Love You Because
  • Oh Lonesome Me
  • (I'll Be There) If You Ever Want Me
  • If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)
  • I Walk The Line
  • It's Been So Long
  • Just One More
  • You Gotta Be My Baby
  • Life To Go
  • Settin' The Woods On Fire
  • Window Shopping
  • Howlin' At The Moon
  • There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
  • Hey Good Lookin'
  • Half As Much
Disc 6
  • Nobody's Lonesome For Me
  • Cold, Cold Heart
  • Why Don't You Love Me
  • Honky Tonkin'
  • Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
  • I Can't Help It
  • Family Bible
  • The Window Up Above
  • I Wouldn't Know About That
  • With Half A Heart
  • Aching Breaking Heart
  • Battle Of Love
  • Tender Years
  • When My Heart Hurts No More
  • Did I Ever Tell You
  • Not Even Friends
  • I Want To Be Where You're Gonna Be
  • Waltz Of The Angels
  • Are You Mine
  • One Excuse Is As Good As Another
  • Yearning
  • Looking Back To See
  • One By One
  • If You Don't Somebody Else Will
  • When Two Worlds Collide
  • Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
  • Talk About Lovin'
  • I Don't Hear You
  • Why Baby Why (edited version)
  • Seasons Of My Heart (remake)
  • Heartbreak Hotel (long edit)
  • Let Me Be Your Salty Dog
  • Back To The Country

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