GEORGE JONES, a Saratoga native, once owned the Nashville scene, but the new generation of hat acts has passed him in the fast lane. Last album’s embarrassing “Beer Run” duet with Garth Brooks didn’t boost his sales, but it was apparently enough to turn him to the Lord. Good move. The Gospel Collection (Bandit) is two CDs of Billy Sherill-produced old-time religion, rousing and slick as corn liquor.

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