George Jones (We Can Make It)

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George Jones (We Can Make It)
Studio album by George Jones
Released 1972
Genre Country
Label Epic
Producer Billy Sherrill
George Jones chronology
George Jones Sings the Great Songs of Leon Payne
(1971)
George Jones (We Can Make It)
(1972)
A Picture of Me (Without You)
(1973)

George Jones (We Can Make It) is an album by country music artist George Jones. It was released in 1972 on the Epic Records label.

Background[edit]

George Jones (We Can Make It) was the first solo album Jones recorded with producer Billy Sherrill at Epic Records (Sherrill had produced Jones and his then wife Tammy Wynette on their first duet album We Go Together, released in 1971). Although Jones had built his reputation singing what he called "hardcore country music" involving heartaches and hangovers, his first album with Epic featured songs filled with a buoyant enthusiasm that reflected the upswing in his personal life. It was also a prime example of Sherrill's smooth countrypolitan sound.

Composition[edit]

In the liner notes to the 1982 compilation Anniversary - 10 Years of Hits, Sherrill admits that he and Glen Sutton wrote "We Can Make It" with Jones's recent marriage to Wynette specifically in mind, providing the singer with a song that seemed to be speaking to his new wife. The song would be Jones's first single on Epic and climbed to the number six spot. "Loving You Could Never Be Better", written for Jones by Earl "Peanut" Montgomery, contained similar sentiments and went to number two on the country singles chart (it hit number one on Canada's RPM country tracks chart). George Jones (We Can Make It) also includes two popular hits made famous by other country stars: "(Don't Take Her) She's All I Got", which went to number two for Johnny Paycheck in 1971, and "Kiss An Angel Good Morning", which went to number one for Charley Pride the same year. The album reached number 10 on the country albums chart and marks an adjustment period for Jones and his new producer as they grew comfortable with each other. In the book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, author Bob Allen quotes Sherrill: "George's main problem has always been that he's lazy. All he ever wanted to do was just sing the damn song and get the hell out of the studio and do something else. He was just always happy with what we would get the first time through, and if he happened to mispronounce a word here and there, well, hell, that didn't bother him. But I guess I was a little harder to please than what he'd been used to." Jones contended in his 1996 autobiography that Sherrill "had a nervous obsession about retakes. He'd call me at home and say my version of a song had some flat notes or improper phrasing or something. I'd tell him to listen again."

Reception[edit]

Writing for AllMusic, Chris Woodstra calls George Jones (We Can Make It) "a rough concept album built around his own optimism and joy about his marriage to Tammy Wynette, even though cracks were already beginning to show in their real-life relationship. Jones' voice sounds mature, settled, and smooth - a perfect combination with Billy Sherrill's decidedly non-country, slick production style."

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We Can Make It" (Billy Sherrill, Glenn Sutton)
  2. "I'll Take You to My World" (Sherrill, Sutton)
  3. "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" (Ben Peters)
  4. "All the Praises"
  5. "(Don't Take Her) She's All I Got" (Gary "U.S." Bonds, Jerry Williams, Jr.)
  6. "Last Letter"
  7. "Loving You Could Never Be Better" (Earl Montgomery)
  8. "King"
  9. "Try It You'll Like It"
  10. "One of These Days"
  11. "Let's Make History"

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Country Albums 10

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