George Jones The Gospel Collection (BNA/BMG) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
After coming out of a car crash four years ago in critical condition, then miraculously returning to the stage just three months later, it's completely understandable why George Jones felt the need to make his next record a gospel session -- it's payback time. The long-awaited reunion with producer Billy Sherrill finds the clean and sober Jones in top vocal shape, passionately crooning his way through two discs' worth (if you saw the wreck, you'd know why it's not just a single) of his favourite hymns. He's recorded a number of these songs before, but never has Jones sung them with such heartfelt passion.
It's thought that George Jones's current tour will be his last, so don't miss him at Massey Hall Saturday (April 5).