Alan Jackson: The Greatest Hits Collection
CD REVIEW OF ALAN JACKSON: THE GREATEST
HITS COLLECTION (Arista Records, 1995)
Sandra L. Toney
Alan Jackson: The Greatest Hits Collection leads off with
one of Jackson's most popular songs that won him countless awards,
"Chattahoochee." Only this "Chattahoochee"
gives us something extra . . . an extended dance mix version.
Whether you're cranking your car stereo or line dancing at a country
bar, this "Chattahoochee" is worthy of hitting that
repeat button so you can hear one of Jackson's all-time BEST songs
again and again.
This CD offers so much to the listener. You don't even have to
be a loyal Alan Jackson fan to love this release. Jackson's pleasing
honky tonk sound is sure to convert the most skeptical of listeners.
With his touching tribute to Hank Williams, "Midnight in
Montgomery" is one of those songs that will haunt you as
you hear it over and over in your head.
But that's what Alan Jackson does best! His hauntingly sober voice
can tell a story better than anyone. Such ballads as "Someday,"
"(Who Says) You Can't Have It All," his new song, "I'll
Try," "Dallas," and the loving tribune Alan wrote
for his wife, Denise, on their tenth anniversary, "I'd Love
You All Over Again," prove that this country singer only
croons songs that will touch hearts around the world.
Country ballads are only one of Jackson's specialties. Just as
the opening hit, "Chattahoochee," reminds us, he can
turn up the heat in any room with a rockin', butt-kickin' song.
His remake of the classic, "Summertime Blues," the hit
song he co- wrote with Randy Travis, "She's Got the Rhythm
(And I Got the Blues)," "Gone Country," and the
tune about his favorite car, "Mercury Blues," all exhibit
Jackson's talent to kick up his heels and have a good time.
He does, however, go out on a limb (literally) with one of the
two new songs included along with the superb collection of his
greatest hits. It's a remake of an old Roger Miller song (co-wrote
by Miller and George Jones) entitled "Tall, Tall Trees,"
and it's really kind of silly (even for Jackson who also included
his cutesy and ridiculous hit, "I Don't Even Know Your Name,"
on this release). The mindless chorus in "Tall, Tall Trees"
goes like this, "I'll buy you tall, tall trees and all the
waters in the sea/I'm a fool, fool, fool for you." Hmmm.
I think the album could have survived without this one.
Overall, though, this is one for the history books and definitely
for your music collection. As someone who owns everything ever
recorded by Mr. Jackson, I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to
listen to sixty-six straight, uninterrupted minutes of,
in my opinion, the best singer in country music, Alan Jackson!
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