With no biographical material needed for the iconic George Jones, let s get right to the music: 'A Picture Of Me (Without You)' is quite simply a George Jones masterpiece! Working with producer Billy Sherrill for the first time, Jones found the perfect foil to his now-famous hard honky tonk soul, Sherrill didn t try to tame Jones, but just lasso him in enough to make beautiful music. With many of the finest Nashville songwriters contributing songs, this five-star release (All Music Guide) is called by many the perfect George Jones album. Not to be outdone by its predecessor, Nothing 'Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad As You)' (Jones second album with producer Billy Sherrill) picks up right where 'A Picture Of Me' left off and never looks back. Another five-star album (All Music Guide), Jones also scored a pair of Top 10 hits with this release (the title track and 'What MyWoman Can t Do'). This is George Jones at his best, and it's on American Beat Records!
The energy is rock, the feeling pop, the spirit jazz and the groove implacable – this is the magic formula of authentic soul jazz singer Sandra Nkaké. With magnificent support from a rhythm section recalling the heydays of Stax, plus two poetic reedmen, this album, with compositions and lyrics by Sandra and her close partner, flautist-producer Jî Drû, packs a powerful punch. Old instruments, appealing arrangements, a retro-futurist atmosphere studded with echoes of sixties songs and soundtracks of cult films, a spacey production – everything here conspires to make Nothing For Granted an explosive manifesto where Sandra Nkaké’s rough-hewn voice rings out like a cry of freedom. Sandra Nkaké is a singer-songwriter-composer who has grown up between Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Paris.