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Greatest Hits 2 (Bonus CD)
Genres: Country, Pop
You don't have to get very far into Alan Jackson's splendid second anthology of hits before you're struck by how well the rangy Georgian has built his catalogue and how beautifully Keith Stegall continually produces his so... more »
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You don't have to get very far into Alan Jackson's splendid second anthology of hits before you're struck by how well the rangy Georgian has built his catalogue and how beautifully Keith Stegall continually produces his songs, filling the instrumental breaks with unexpectedly creative solos. While Jackson's choice of cover songs is usually inspired ("Pop-A-Top," "Little Bitty"), he's a deft writer, alternating his tongue-in-cheek, Sheriff Andy Taylor persona with his "just a singer of simple songs" earnestness, lacing it all with an unfettered delivery and a Haggardesque dedication to the bedrock honky-tonk sound. There are times when he edges too close to formula, running the romanticized, small-town, cornbread-and-chicken conceits ("Where I Come From") into the ground. But then he quickly redeems himself with a lip-tremblingly good "Drive" or "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)." This package consists of two discs, 16 hits and two new cuts filling the first and an unnecessary and somewhat inferior eight album tracks occupying the second. Of the two new songs, the emotional husband-and-wife ballad "Remember When" handily outdistances the too-trite "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" with perennial smart-ass Jimmy Buffett. Jackson's too good an artist to settle for such an easy reach, but hey, let's cut him a little slack. He's paid his dues. --Alanna Nash
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EJ N. (FXANM8R) from CAMPBELL, MO
Reviewed on 7/19/2007...
The discription doesn't show it, but this is actually a TWO disc set.
The second disc is called "SOME OTHER STUFF" and the tracks included are as follows:
Let's Get Back to Me and You
You Can't Give Up On Love
Hole in the Wall
Buicks to the Moon
When Love Comes Around
I also have the back insert, but I didn't post it as being included, because when I received it, the spine tabs were missing.
Suzanne B. (SuzyB) from NORTHPORT, NY
Reviewed on 2/26/2007...
Easy to see why Alan Jackson is such a popular country artist when you listen to this cd!
Another Great Collection From Alan Jackson
James E. Bagley | Sanatoga, PA USA | 09/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This eighteen-track retrospective - a sequel to 1995's twenty-track Greatest Hits Collection - confirms Jackson's status as the most consistent singer-songwriter in country music.In his songs, Jackson continues to eloquently revisit his humble roots with "Little Man" and "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" as well as detail relationships in a humorous ("Right On The Money," "Who's Cheatin' Who,") or moving ("When Somebody Loves You," "Gone Crazy") manner. He's also recently proven to be a great interpreter, as shown here on Tom T. Hall's "Little Bitty" and Hank Williams Jr.'s "The Blues Man." Risks - such as the largely spoken "I'll Go On Loving You" and the post 9/11 lament "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" - have paid off big for Jackson. Meanwhile, his attempt to be trendy - "www.memory" - missed the mark (its selection for this set over the omitted gems "Between The Devil And Me," "That'd Be Alright," and "Work in Progress" is highly questionable).Two new recordings - the playful Jimmy Buffett-accompanied chart-topper "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" and the sparse ballad "Remember When" - end this anthology strongly. There's also an eight-track bonus disc of Jackson's favorite non-single recordings/compositions. While all are okay, only the leisurely "Tropical Depression" and the toetapping "Let's Get Back To Me And You," however, approach the quality of the hits."
...Just go buy it....
Michael Reynolds | Indianapolis, IN United States | 08/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Are you kidding me? This disk is so outstanding that everyone needs to own it. For starters, what a value. 26 songs!?! Alan seems to wait until he has a lot of Greatest Hits before putting together an GH album (which doesn't take long for him). This CD contains 16 hits, 2 new songs, and 8 of his favorites that were never released. His last GH had 20. Needless to say, the 16 hits are fantastic. A balance of up-beat ("Drive" and "Little Man" being my favorites) and slow ("Gone Crazy" and "I'll Go On Loving You" being my favorites of these). Country fans will recognize every song.The strange thing is that the two new songs on this CD, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" and "Remember When" are actually the two best songs on this disk? "Remember When" blew me away. It is a wonderful song. There is also an additional CD that contains 8 songs that appear to be songs Alan liked and never released. They were contained on his earlier albumns and real Alan Jackson fans will recognize these and some of his best as well. I always wondered why he never released "Job Description", "Buicks to the Moon" or "You Can't Give Up on Love". GREAT lyrics on these.All in all, you get the best from the past few years from the Best Artist in Country. When I think of the 1990's, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis and Clint Black come to mind. When I think of the 2000's, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney come to mind. While others fade, Alan Jackson is at the top of the country performers for every era he has been in. He is great. This album of 26 songs is great."