GEORGE JONES Cup of Loneliness (1994) – Promo-Only Version w/ Added Tracks

Cup of Loneliness (1994)
George’s Favorite Color Is Blue… Except When He’s Rockin

Cup of Loneliness – The Classic Mercury Years is a limited edition, 51 track collection of George Jones’ first recordings from 1954 to 1961. It’s “limited” because of its packaging, but it also features 3 tracks * not included on the more common retail version. What’s here is nothing short of county music history – a collection of Jones’ honky-tonk genius and heart wrenching country balladeering. But, best of all, this set collects many of Jones’ toe-dipping, late 50s rockabilly and rock & roll sides – a style he’s little known for but, nonetheless, a style he and his contemporaries toyed with in the wake of Sun Records’ genre-bending wake-up call. The raw country material speaks for itself, but Jones’ rockabilly material is a revelation. “Maybe Little Baby,” “Revenooer Man,” “White Lightning” and a handful of others were considered novelty records at the time (just like rock & roll itself) but, as you can hear, this stuff is the bedrock of everything that would follow. More than that… it’s just plain fun, and Jones quickly mastered the emerging new musical idiom just as easily as he was able to re-chart the rivers of country music in later years. This Mercury material, however, is the raw template, already fully formed and, to quote the All Music Guide, it “bristles with energy and invention.” Guaranteed this music is in Dave Edmunds‘ record collection. Hear the country weeper “Color Of The Blues” and George’s 50s rockabilly blueprint, “Revenooer Man,” below. When shopping for a hard copy, check the tracks to get the extra “limited” tunes. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

No Money In This Deal
Why Baby Why

Seasons Of My Heart

I’m Ragged But I’m Right

Just One More

Uh, Uh, No *

Don’t Stop The Music

Too Much Water

Flame In My Heart

Hearts In My Dreams

Tall Tall Trees

No Use Crying

Frozen Heart

Cup Of Loneliness

Take The Devil Out Of Me

You Never Thought *

Color Of The Blues

A New Baby For Christmas

Maybe Little Baby

I’m Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

If I Don’t Love You (Grits Ain’t Groceries)

Treasure Of Love

White Lightning

Mr. Fool

Who Shot Sam

Big Harlan Taylor
Everything Ain’t Right

Relief Is Just A Swallow Away

Talk To Me Lonesome Heart

Accidentally On Purpose

Revenooer Man *

The Last Town I Painted

Your Old Standby

Gonna Do

You Better Treat You Man Right

Out Of Control

Glad To Let Her Go

You’re Still On My Mind

Tarnished Angel

Slave Lover

Family Bible

Window Up Above

Lonesome For Me

Heartaches By The Number

I Love You Because

(I’ll Be There) If You Ever Want Me

If You Got The Money (I Got The Time)

Life To Go

Tender Years

‘, Breakin‘ Heart


  • Anonymous
    October 23, 2007 - 05:55 | Permalink

    Big thanks!

  • Linear Zap
    October 23, 2007 - 09:06 | Permalink

    I love "White Lightning"!!


  • dave
    October 23, 2007 - 19:04 | Permalink

    George Jones has one of those voices that you can just sink into… Thanks very much!

  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2007 - 22:40 | Permalink

    I have the retail version, and find that all those songs are plenty without the 3 extras, though it does confuse and annoy me when a record label will play games like that, I guess tricking the "TRUE" fans into spending a little more for the "limited edition collectors edition", *sigh* whatever.

    I could never listen to George after he got all slicked up in the 70's, but this stuff is killer, tunes like "Don't Stop the Music" are as emotional as any blues record ever made.

  • ge
    November 12, 2007 - 12:13 | Permalink

    'Rockin' the Country' album had the song I love on cassette from a radioshow all these years: Sparkling Brown Eyes which begins
    There's a ramshackle shack
    In old Caroline
    It's callin' me back
    To the girl of mine…

    do you have that anywhere?

    I'm dowloading these others now!!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2007 - 15:50 | Permalink

    Hi ge,

    Wish I did. 'Rockin' The Country' was the album that turned me on to George's rock and roll sides. It's just the rockers and a great, great collection. If I ever come across it (or if someone else has it), I'll happily post it here.

    Many thanks for all the comments.

  • ge
    November 12, 2007 - 16:55 | Permalink

    at 8:12 of this show it is played:

    -hope it's ok webiquette to put that here

  • Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2007 - 18:16 | Permalink

    Of course. We're big WFMU fans here at The Boat. Thanks again.

  • Anonymous
    February 25, 2008 - 16:11 | Permalink

    Wonderful post. Thank you so much!


  • Gerard
    June 4, 2009 - 17:49 | Permalink

    Thanks very much

  • Art Ducko
    October 9, 2009 - 04:55 | Permalink

    Thanks again Willard, but no "Root Beer", or was that not a Mercury side? I hear it all the time on Sirius/XM.

  • Duncanmusic
    October 9, 2009 - 06:27 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this. I have the 'commercial' version on CD but I'm such a fan. I've been playing George's records since the late 60s and learning his songs to play out almost as long (unusual for someone from the intellectual Northeast, I know). I think I was as intrigued by his old flat top haircut at first. I wish someone would do as compact and comprehensive a collection of the United Artists and Musicor sides. Not having looked, I expect Bear Family has already done just that. These were some of the first George Jones sides I accessed as his Mercury LPs were ubiquitous in Upstate New York in the cut-out bins in the late 60s and early 70s. Aaaah! Back when cuo-outs were 44 cents! Thoise were the days!

  • Miles
    October 9, 2009 - 20:31 | Permalink

    What a generous share! George Jones has always been in the top drawer of my country music closet. Haggard's another. Over the years Nashville and record label execs have tried to their damnest to homogenize their songs, but the honesty of the material always manages to break through. It's the hallmark of a great artist and songwriter.

    Thanks Willard.

  • Juan Duque
    October 10, 2009 - 02:50 | Permalink

    I LOOOOVE this period of George's!! Pure honky tonk, rockabilly and amazing lyrics. Thanks so much!!

    From Medellín, Colombia,


  • Rolf
    October 10, 2009 - 16:03 | Permalink


  • Paul McClelland
    October 11, 2009 - 01:24 | Permalink

    This is Definitely in Dave Edmunds record collection. Great observation. "A1 on the jukebox" could have been a Jones number from 61 ..Many thanks for this, Willard.

  • Chance
    October 11, 2009 - 05:22 | Permalink

    Thanks! This is the big time for guys like me who could use a little more exposure on the country side of things. (There's a whole world beyond Johnny Cash, you say?) The little Jones that I've heard was impressive as hell to me, and that WAS the "all slicked up" stuff from the seventies, so this should be really potent.

    Thanks again!

  • Record Fiend
    October 12, 2009 - 19:19 | Permalink

    What a treasure trove of rockin' George Jones tracks! Thanks, Willard.


  • Anonymous
    November 10, 2009 - 21:42 | Permalink

    Find it all HERE

  • Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 - 16:05 | Permalink

    The king of the honky tonks, forever and ever A-Men

  • buzz baby jesus
    October 31, 2011 - 19:10 | Permalink

    This shit kills.

  • November 1, 2011 - 11:28 | Permalink


    I see that I already thanked you for this two years ago, but I’ll do it again because almost every track from the first disc is on my current iPod playlist, which helps provide my daily George Jones fix. So, thank you one more time.


    • Willard
      November 1, 2011 - 11:31 | Permalink

      Cool, double thanks. This re-upping program is paying off.

  • Colin H
    November 1, 2011 - 12:39 | Permalink

    Oh, I’m loving this, thanks for doing so much to expand my classic country repetoire lately.

  • Canada
    November 22, 2011 - 10:53 | Permalink

    Wow – I think this has changed my life! Beyond awesome …

    thanks for posting!


  • jivethumb
    December 18, 2011 - 10:11 | Permalink

    This is his best! Awesome post

  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2013 - 22:41 | Permalink

    The link for the second disc doesn’t seem to work. Thanks!

    • Willard
      April 29, 2013 - 22:46 | Permalink

      It’s working fine. Try a different browser or explain what it’s doing.

  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2013 - 23:07 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard. I finally got it to work. I kept getting caught in a loop: I’d type in the captcha info and instead of getting a link, the page would refresh. Really strange!

    Thanks again. Looking forward to listening to this!

  • gregmag
    July 14, 2013 - 17:41 | Permalink

    Willard – Link for disc 1 is down (Disc 2 link works). Thanks.

    • Willard
      July 16, 2013 - 17:35 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

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