The Best of George Jones carefully details an earlier phase of his career, including such career-making classics as ”The Window Up Above,” ”She Thinks I Still Care,” and ”The Race Is On.” But on such mid-’50s hard-country hits as ”Why, Baby, Why” and ”What Am I Worth,” Jones often sounded more like Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, and Lefty Frizzell than he sounded like himself, and he had yet to find the wail-and-plunge vocal styling that would eventually become his signature. But on the whole, these are the songs that first wrote Jones’ name in the history books and earned him a reputation as one of the greatest country singers of all time. B+