Together Again (George Jones and Tammy Wynette album)

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Together Again
Studio album by George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Released 1980
Genre Country
Label Epic
Producer Billy Sherrill
George Jones chronology
I Am What I Am
(1980)
Together Again
(1980)
Still the Same Ole Me
(1981)
Tammy Wynette chronology
Only Lonely Sometimes
(1980)
Together Again
(1980)
You Brought Me Back
(1981)

Together Again is an album by country music artists George Jones and Tammy Wynette, released in 1980 on the Epic Records label. It was their first album since their 1976 hit album Golden Ring; their next album would not come until 1995 with One.

Background[edit]

Jones and Wynette had divorced in 1975 but they had enjoyed their biggest chart success from that point on, with their 1976 LP Golden Ring hitting number one and spawning two chart topping singles, "Golden Ring" and "Near You". In 1977 they had another top five hit with "Southern California". Their periodic appearances together only fueled speculation among their fans that they might get back together romantically, although this cooled somewhat when Wynette married songwriter George Richey in 1978 and Jones spiraled into an abyss of alcohol and drugs, often disappearing for weeks on end. The couple could still be civil, however, with Wynette contributing to Jones 1979 duet album My Very Special Guests. After Jones's career was resuscitated by the massive success of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" in 1980, some kind of album seemed likely. In September, Together Again was released and produced the hit single "Two Story House", which peaked at number 2 on the charts. The song details how a poor married couple finally obtain all the riches they had dreamed of only to find that their love has died. The duo's harmonies were as shimmering as ever but the LP only reached number 26 on the Billboard country album charts. A second single, "A Pair Of Old Sneakers", barely cracked the top twenty. One song, "Love In The Meantime", sounded more like a solo spot for Tammy than a duet, with George only singing harmony on the choruses. Producer Billy Sherrill gave an extremely contemporary edge (for the time) to several of the songs, especially the album's closing track "Night Spell". "We'll Talk About It Later" was written by Wynette, who also had a hand in writing "Two Story House".

Reception[edit]

AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine concedes that Together Again "doesn't have the spark of some of their earlier duets" but both of the singers "sound terrific...Even when the material isn't up to their talents, the duo sounds recharged, which makes Together Again a thoroughly enjoyable, if inconsistent, listen."

While "Two Story House" was riding high on the charts, Jones and Wynette made a disastrous appearance on The Tonight Show to promote it. In his book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, Bob Allen recounts the episode: "George showed up with an ill-suited "uptown" hairdo that had been slapped on him at the last minute by an image consultant, and which made him look like something off the set of Night of the Living Dead...Before the two of them were even halfway through the song, George stopped suddenly, without warning, and confessed sheepishly to the vast live TV audience that he'd forgotten the words. The cameras panned briskly away. The programmers broke for a dog-food commercial, and the Possum was seen no more that night."

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Pair of Old Sneakers"   Glenn Sutton, Larry Kingston  
2. "Right in the Wrong Direction"   James Taylor, R. J. Jones  
3. "I Just Started Livin' Today"   Taylor, Jones  
4. "Love in the Meantime"   Taylor  
5. "We Could"   Freddie Hart, Felice Bryant  
6. "Two Story House"   Tammy Wynette, David Lindsay, Glenn Tubb  
7. "If We Don't Make It"   Pat Rickey  
8. "It's Not My Fault"   Bobby Braddock  
9. "We'll Talk About It Later"   Wynette  
10. "Night Spell"   Dobie Gray, Troy Seals, Eddie Setser  

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 26

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country CAN Country
1980 "Two Story House" 2 1
"A Pair of Old Sneakers" 19 59

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