George Jones Walls Can Fall Album Review

  George Jones is arguably one of the most influential artists in country music history.  Hell, it's there's no argument in my eyes.  George stayed true to the sound that he loved his entire career.  There are literally dozens of great George Jones albums, but one of my favorites has always been "Walls Can Fall." George was 61 in 1992 when this album was released.  The song "I don't need no rocking chair" was a smash hit and was the reason most fans bought the album.  It's one of those records you can listen to from beginning to end and not skip a song.  The album has a very different feel from George's other work.  George was not a musician, he was a singer.  I would imagine it would be difficult to choose songs that fit together like this album does and not have a hand in instrumentation.  George did that his whole career.  This album really showed how great his voice could be and how he knew exactly how to make a country album that would stand the test of time.  The albums title track tells the tale of a man who has found love, even after he had truly given up on ever finding it again.  It's a powerful message in a simple song.  That's one of country music's greatest gifts to the world.  Another stand out track is "Finally Friday."  Which still gets me pumped up after a long work week.  George also covers Merle Haggard's classic "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down."  To my knowledge, that song is one of the few songs that George, Waylon, and Merle all recorded their own versions of.  "Wrongs What I Do Best" may some up the majority of George's rough and rowdy ways.  He was a legend and a wild man for many years, but fans like me still love him for it.  If you're not a fan, give this album a listen and you just might change your mind.