Anniversary – 10 Years of Hits

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Anniversary – 10 Years of Hits
George Jones Ten Years of Hits.jpg
Greatest hits album by George Jones
Released October 30, 1982
Recorded 19721982
Genre Country
Length 61:53
Label Epic
Producer Billy Sherrill
George Jones compilation albums chronology
Encore - George Jones
(1981)
Anniversary – 10 Years of Hits
(1982)
By Request
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars [1]

Anniversary – 10 Years of Hits is an album by American country music artist George Jones released on October 30, 1982, on the Epic Records label. It went gold in 1989. The CD edition was issued in 1990.

Background[edit]

Although Jones's pre-Epic recordings had been repackaged and compiled countless times, Anniversary - 10 Years of Hits was the first comprehensive collection of the singer's biggest hits with the label. It contains all of his number one hits with Epic over the previous decade: "The Grand Tour" (1974), "The Door" (1975), "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (1980), and "Still Doin' Time" (1981). The set does not contain his chart toppers with ex-wife Tammy Wynette from the period (1973's "We're Gonna Hold On", 1976's "Golden Ring", and 1977's "Near You"). For many casual country fans, this would be the only Jones album that they owned. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic observes: "What makes Anniversary transcendent, one of the best country albums of all time, is the context and subtext, how it reads like an autobiography of the most turbulent, heartbreaking decade in Jones' life." It went gold in 1989 and a CD edition was issued in 1990. All the songs are produced by Billy Sherrill.

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Can Make It"   Billy Sherrill, Glenn Sutton 2:03
2. "Loving You Could Never Be Better"   Betty Belew, Charlene Montgomery, Earl Montgomery 3:05
3. "A Picture of Me (Without You)"   George Richey, Norro Wilson 2:32
4. "What My Woman Can't Do"   George Jones, E. Montgomery, Sherrill 2:35
5. "Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)"   Bobby Braddock 2:19
6. "Once You've Had the Best"   Johnny Paycheck 2:38
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "The Grand Tour"   Richey, Carmol Taylor, Wilson 3:05
8. "The Door"   Sherrill, Wilson 2:42
9. "These Days (I Barely Get By)"   Jones, Tammy Wynette 3:01
10. "Memories of Us"   Dave Kirby, Glenn Martin 3:14
11. "The Battle"   Ray Colcord, Lew Kimball, Richey, Wilson 2:45
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Her Name Is..."   Braddock 2:17
13. "Old King Kong"   Sammy Lyons 2:18
14. "Bartender's Blues"   James Taylor 3:45
15. "I'll Just Take It Out in Love"   Bob McDill 3:09
16. "Someday My Day Will Come"   E. Montgomery 2:32
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
17. "He Stopped Loving Her Today"   Braddock, Curly Putman 3:15
18. "I'm Not Ready Yet"   Tom T. Hall 2:58
19. "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)"   Rick Beresford, Harlan Sanders, Karl Sanders 3:10
20. "Good Ones and Bad Ones"   Joe Chambers 2:46
21. "Still Doin' Time"   Michael P. Heeney, John E. Moffat 2:50
22. "Same Ole Me"   Paul Overstreet 2:54

CD[edit]

The CD release reverses the order of sides 2 and 3.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Can Make It"   Billy Sherrill, Glenn Sutton 2:03
2. "Loving You Could Never Be Better"   Betty Belew, Charlene Montgomery, Earl Montgomery 3:05
3. "A Picture of Me (Without You)"   George Richey, Norro Wilson 2:32
4. "What My Woman Can't Do"   George Jones, E. Montgomery, Sherrill 2:35
5. "Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)"   Bobby Braddock 2:19
6. "Once You've Had the Best"   Johnny Paycheck 2:38
7. "Her Name Is..."   Braddock 2:17
8. "Old King Kong"   Sammy Lyons 2:18
9. "Bartender's Blues"   James Taylor 3:45
10. "I'll Just Take It Out in Love"   Bob McDill 3:09
11. "Someday My Day Will Come"   E. Montgomery 2:32
12. "The Grand Tour"   Richey, Carmol Taylor, Wilson 3:05
13. "The Door"   Sherrill, Wilson 2:42
14. "These Days (I Barely Get By)"   Jones, Tammy Wynette 3:01
15. "Memories of Us"   Dave Kirby, Glenn Martin 3:14
16. "The Battle"   Ray Colcord, Lew Kimball, Richey, Wilson 2:45
17. "He Stopped Loving Her Today"   Braddock, Curly Putman 3:15
18. "I'm Not Ready Yet"   Tom T. Hall 2:58
19. "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)"   Rick Beresford, Harlan Sanders, Karl Sanders 3:10
20. "Good Ones and Bad Ones"   Joe Chambers 2:46
21. "Still Doin' Time"   Michael P. Heeney, John E. Moffat 2:50
22. "Same Ole Me"   Paul Overstreet 2:54

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[2] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Anniversary – 10 Years of Hits at AllMusic
  2. ^ "American album certifications – George Jones – Anniversary - Ten Years of Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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