Under The Influence
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Alan Jackson, the 1990s' pre-eminent tradition-based singer, kicked up a fuss at the 1999 CMA Awards over the Country Music Association's cavalier treatment of George Jones. That same deep, abiding reverence for the past clearly inspired this collection of oldies, all of them Jackson's personal favourites. Many choices aren't surprising, such as the 1967 Jim Ed Brown barroom anthem "Pop a Top", Merle Haggard's "My Own Kind of Hat" and "The Way I Am", Don Williams's "It Must Be Love", the 1963 George Jones hit "Revenooer Man", Hank Williams Jr.'s "The Blues Man", and Gene Watson's "Farewell Party". The performances are competent enough, yet something's missing. Passion, normally a given on Jackson's recordings, surfaces only on Charley Pride's "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'". Given Jackson's undeniable love for the material, his delivery seems detached, even clinical. More out of place is his duet with Jimmy Buffett on Buffett's shop-worn "Margaritaville", which seems less of a stand-alone performance than an entry in a future Country Music Awards "Vocal Event of the Year" sweepstakes. --Rich Kienzle
Top Customer Reviews
Right in the palm of your hand was originally recorded by Crystal Gayle and later covered by Mel Mc Daniel. It is Mel who gets Alan's credit - no mention is made in his comments about Crystal. The most surprising inclusions here are Pop atop (Jim Ed Brown) and Margarittaville (Jimmy Buffett), this last being a duet with Jimmy.
Alan does not attempt to do anything different with the songs - they sound just how you would expect them to sound. He never expected this album to be a big seller, but wanted to show his fans where his roots lay. The results far exceeded expectations, partly because none of the songs have been over-recorded.
This is not the best place to begin an Alan Jackson collection, but it is a very enjoyable album. Actually, I have most of Alan's albums and they are all excellent.
These honky tonk ballads are songs that meant something to him growing up, he liked them or he sang them in his career before he was making records. He doesn't try to make these "his own songs", he just wants to sing them. But with Jackson's solid country style and his deep voice, some of the lesser known tunes come across so close to his style it is impossible to relate them as someone elses.
A surprise closing number is "Margaritaville" sharing vocals with the special non-country guest Jimmy Buffet (vocal were done separately.)
The other recognizable song is "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" by Charley Pride. "Farewell Party" by a sad, Gene Watson song about a man who asks his love to at least pretend to love him when he departs this world. If you haven't heard Gene Watson sing this maudlin ballad, please give it a try.
The 1967 booze ballad, "Pop a Top", which is a faster tune complete with the sound effect of a "beer can popping". Aside from Hank Williams, George Jones another favorite of Jackson's. Two song of Jones are here and an autobiographical song of Hank Williams about one of his wives.
An upbeat song that Alan has sung a lot is "She Just Started Liking Cheatin' Songs." John Anderson's good honky-tonker, great club song reminded Jackson of those days. "It Must Be Love" another single from the CD is written by a personal favorite song writer of Alan Jackson's Bob McDill. Almost every CD of Jackson's has something written by Bob McDill.
As always, here is another fabulous CD by a true country honky tonk performer. Alan Jackson has always done wonderful work. Every CD he puts out is quality, top notch.
This is WONDERFUL!......MzRizz.
Most recent customer reviews
i bought this cd for the song margaritteville and found the whole cd to be very goodPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This CD is one of my favorites. Alan Jackson does a great job on all of the songs on this. As always, he really does well re-doing the covers because he never cheeses a song up... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by a woman
Alan Jackson is truly one of the best new country singers around. I enjoyed his version of all of these songs. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2002
A truly amazing collection of legendary country music performed by a future legend . Alan Jackson will be labeled a legend in the future such as Cash,Jones,Haggard,Nelson,and... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001 by Satch
This album is a treasure. If your seeking real country music by a real country artist, please look no farther. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001 by Barry
Alan Jackson's "Under the influence" is yet another roots attempt by a new country act that doesn't revive true country. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2001 by Patrick Wall
Is there anything Alan Jackson can't do? Most of the time when someone records old songs, it never comes close to being good. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2000 by Cliff