My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Grand Tour was recorded in January of 1974 and released in August of the same year (I realized I missed this album and am going back to ’74 to complete it). The songs see Jones trying to return form and continue having hits after an eight year absence from the charts. This album did that and set a path that would last the rest of his career.
What I think: What we have here is a classic Country album that would have a good place in a dusty bar where a stranger is slowly drowning his sorrows in a large mug of pale beer. And you wouldn’t find anything better than some of these songs for doing so. The title track is the clear highlight here and is about a man lamenting his wife leaving him and taking their infant child. Also, of not are “Pass Me By (If You’re Only Passing Through)” and my personal favorite “Who Will I Be Loving Now”.
Unfortunately, the whole album doesn’t fully hold up to these amazing songs and it sags heavily in the center, a bit like a reverse bell curve or the start of a black hole. Thankfully, the songs rise from the depths in time to save the album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think it should be here. It’s a really great, but not perfect album of those sad sad songs.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Not Available as an album on Amazon
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (282/362)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%