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George Jones

We Love to Sing About Jesus – 1996 (Razor & Tie)

Reviewed by Jon Weisberger

One of the conventions of country music that seems to have fallen by the wayside is the release of gospel albums by top artists. In 1972, though, when Jones and Wynette were midway through their marriage and at the top of their form, it was still standard practice.

On this reissued outing, Jones and Wynette offered 11 numbers sung in their powerful, often complex duet style, rooted in a piano-heavy version of producer Billy Sherrill's trademark sound. This isn't the strongest of the Jones/Wynette collaborations, and it generated only one charting single (the excellent "Old Fashioned Singing"), but there are some great cuts here, including Tom T. Hall's "Me And Jesus," "Talking About Jesus," and a fine gospel rewrite of "There Goes My Everything" sung by Jones.

This isn't the first CD to buy for someone interested in the original Wynette/Jones sound, but it surely belongs not far from the top of the list.