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George Jones: Wine Colored Roses (Epic)

James Hunter, Rolling Stone, 21 May 1987

THIS IS the finest George Jones record in more than five years. Still working with producer-arranger Billy Sherrill, Jones commands a mix of ten songs that range in quality from fair to excellent. The clear melodies and the downhome glide of Sherrill's surprisingly appropriate settings provide an opportunity for Jones to sing one of his great albums. And while only a few songs might compete with the honky-tonk anthems on I Am What I Am or Still the Same Ole Me — essential Joneses of the Eighties (along with his Anniversary collection) — Wine Colored Roses achieves a new consistency. In 1986, no traditional C&W singer made a record with fewer weak moments.

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