Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

by George JonesGeorge Jones


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The first posthumous release from George Jones is an archival release that was planned prior to his death in April 2013. Amazing Grace excavates a gospel album Jones recorded in 2002 with his longtime producer and collaborator Billy Sherrill. The two parted ways in 1991 when Jones jumped from Epic to MCA. Around the same time, Sherrill slipped into retirement and by most accounts he wasn't much interested in returning to the studio, but George convinced him to produce a collection of gospel tunes. Although Jones had released several gospel albums over the years -- Homecoming in Heaven appeared on UA in 1962; ten years later We Love to Sing About Jesus appeared on Epic -- but what turned into 2003's The Gospel Collection were his first dedicated album sessions for religious work, which is noteworthy but perhaps not as noteworthy as it being the last time Jones and Sherrill worked together. Although the production is perhaps a shade too crisp and clean, all of Sherrill's hallmarks are in place -- this is dramatic and lush, filled with crystalline guitars, echoing pianos, and creamy backing vocals -- providing a nice coda to their historic collaboration. Amazing Grace contains half of the 24 songs originally released on the 2003 double-disc The Gospel Collection (and one tune, "Great Judgement Morning," is a Brian Ahern production from 1994), but it gets these very, very nice and thoroughly underappreciated recordings back into circulation, which is a good start to Jones' posthumous career.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2013
Label: Welk Records
UPC: 0015707834025
catalogNumber: 783402
Rank: 882

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Gary Prim   Keyboards
Brian Ahern   Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Mark Ivey   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Gordon Stoker   Background Vocals
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Bergen White   Background Vocals
John Willis   Electric Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Michael Black   Background Vocals
Louis Nunley   Background Vocals
Sheri Copeland   Background Vocals
Ray Walker   Background Vocals
John Hughy   Steel Guitar
Millie Kirkum   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Brian Ahern   Producer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Jim Shea   Cover Photo
Billy Sherrill   Producer,Engineer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Susan Nadler   Executive Producer
Evelyn Shriver   Executive Producer
Thomas Dorsey   Composer

Customer Reviews

Amazing Grace 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
George Jones was/is my favorite singer of any of the classic country music legends. I love anything he sang. When I heard Amazing Grace was going to be coming out I knew I had to have it. I am so very glad I got it. The songs are some of the best gospel songs there are and George sings them with a purity and just plain honesty that only he, with his voice, can do. I recommend this CD for anyone who knows a great song and singer. You won't ever regret it.