The latest in George Jones double sets -- See what we thought of "Cup of Loneliness" and "The Essential George Jones"

By Ken Tucker
December 09, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

The latest in George Jones double sets

If you know your Jones, you’ll understand the distinction between this pair of double-CD sets. Cup of Loneliness: The Classic Mercury Years offers the purest honky-tonking Jones recorded in the ’50s and ’60s, with beautifully stripped-down production by Pappy Daily. The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country picks up the story as Jones was moving from Daily to producer Billy Sherrill, who brought out his genius for making florid emotionalism sound eloquent. Two different worlds, but equally essential. Both: A