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If Christmas Don’t Kill Me (The Memory Of It Will)

While the term legend tends to be thrown about with far too much abandonment there is no disputing that when it comes to country music George Jones deserves the title. Over a career that started in the early fifties this is a singer/songwriter that performed right up to his death in 2013. With his third wife and fellow country music artist Tammy Wynette Jones' career hit the stratosphere and it also proved to be the time when he recorded the majority of his Christmas material. While no Christmas album proper ever transpired from George a retrospective called 'The Classic Christmas Album' gathered many of George's seasonal recording together for the first time in 2013. The album has plenty of variety with some solo stuff, duets with Tammy and solo material from Tammy herself that had been culled from her 1970 Christmas album called 'Christmas With Tammy'.

The most well-known original song on the album is a Jones solo number called 'New Baby For Christmas' which was originally released as a single in 1957. It was a novelty of sorts with plenty of sounds from the cradle and Jones belting out the lyrics that would surely not be that conducive to the sleeping needs of a new arrival. Backed up with a b-side called 'Maybe Next Christmas', which is also included on 'The Classic Christmas Album', this is Jones at the peak of his powers.

Jones released a double a-sided single in 1973 which had 'Mr and Mrs Santa Claus' and 'The Greatest Christmas Gift' with Tammy Wynette appearing on vocals for both. These tracks illustrate the chemistry that existed between husband and wife chemistry which made for duets that are for the most part high on jollity. In ‘Maybe Next Christmas’ the mask drops a little however and Jones reveals to the the world about his tale of woe. He sings about being lonely at Christmas and his howling vocals portray his genuine discomfort of being along over the holidays.

Elsewhere on this fine collection Jones duetted with country singer Gene Watson on 'Silver Bells' for a classic rendition that may be low-ebbed but sports such a twinkle in its eye you can’t help but smile along with its slow rambling cause. 'My Mom and Santa Claus (Twistin' Santa Claus)' was released on a compilation called 'Hillbilly Holiday' in 1988 having originally been released as a single in 1962 with 'Lonely Christmas Call' as its b-side. For some reason it didn't make the cut for 'A Classic Christmas Album' but that's not for the want of potentially being the life and soul of any Christmas party. What a gloriously fun record and it certainly does not deserve to be forgotten about.

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