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  • Audio CD (Oct. 26 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00001T3HC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
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1. Pop A Top
2. Farewell Party
3. Kiss An Angel Good Morning
4. Right In The Palm Of Your Hand
5. Blues Man, The
6. Revenoor Man
7. My Own Kind Of Hat
8. She Just Started Liking Cheatin' Songs
9. Way I Am, The
10. It Must Be Love
11. Once You've Had The Best
12. Margaritaville

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Alan Jackson ~ Under The Influence


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

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Format: Audio CD
Most of Alan Jackson's albums include a lot of original songs with the occasional cover. This album is different, entirely focusing on covers. This gave Alan the chance to illustrate some of his musical influences, including Merle Haggard (My own kind of hat, The way I am), John Anderson (She just started liking cheating songs), Hank Williams Junior (The blues man), Gene Watson (Farewell party), Don Williams (It must be love) Charley Pride (Kiss an angel good morning) and George Jones (Revenooer man, Once you've had the best).
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.
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Are you sick of hearing Shania Twain, Lonestar, Martina McBride, The Dixie Chicks, and Faith Hill, every time you turn on the radio? Well, if you're like me, it's disgusting and repulsive. These days, there is no COUNTRY in COUNTRY MUSIC. Hell, even George Strait has changed his ways, to better fit with the "NEW WAVE OF COUNTRY"!!!!Alan Jackson has been , since day one, ROCK-SOLID-COUNTRY! He has been deemed by critics and newer acts as too-country for "today's country". Many think that is because he doesn't record music for teenagers to children to listen to. Since when has country music been for kids!?!?!?!?! I wish someone would let us know, because I was under the impression that country was for adults."UNDER THE INFLUENCE" is a smack-in-the-face to 90's pop-country! These 11 songs are what country music was, and should still be today....."UNDER THE INFULENCE" begins with the sing-along, beer-drinking anthem, 'POP A TOP'. The song, a country classic, was recorded by JIM ED BROWN in 1965. Alan puts his own spin on it, adding the sound of a can of beer being opened.Next comes 'FAREWELL PARTY'. For years, Alan has included this song in his live shows, and now has recorded an excellent remake. The song, recorded by GENE WATSON (of 'FOURTEEN CARAT MIND' fame), is the saddest on the album. It tells of a man, who knows that the only way his woman will be happy, is if he is dead. (THERE'LL BE FLOWERS FOR THOSE, WHO'LL CRY WHEN I GO. AND LEAVE YOU IN THIS OLD WORLD ALONE. I KNOW YOU'LL HAVE FUN, AT MY FAREWELL PARTY. I KNOW YOU'LL BE GLAD WHEN I'M GONE) Alan also does 2 songs by his hero and mentor, George Jones! The song 'REVENOOR MAN' (never released as a single), is basically 'WHITE LIGHTNING', from the law's point of view.Read more ›
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By A Customer on Oct. 30 1999
Format: Audio CD
and will continue to be as long as our favorite male 'Country' singer Mr Alan Jackson goes on to release albums like the ones in his past And this "Under The Influence" album! As I add this album to keep my AJ collection updated I find this one just Proves what a Talented man Alan is since he keeps selecting songs for their message each and every time and keeps us coming back for more--whether he writes them himself or selects them from his fellow songwriter's stashes. Even though there is not one song that is not worthy of being on this album,,, This Time I was able to give a 5 star rating to one song in particular and that is "The Blues Man" which was a Hank Wms Jr song and was autobiographical for Hank. The musicians have really enhanced this song and besides the fact that I believe Alan is singing this song as a tribute to the marriage Hank and his current wife have been living and the road they traveled to reach it, it also brings back the slow, romantic feelings we are craving and not getting with all the fast paced songs radio thinks we are Only wanting to hear. Alan's voice does indeed get better with each new song he sings for us.
I noticed on a couple of Alan's past albums,,,on Who I Am for instance he revived "Thank God For The Radio" in that he put it on the album but it was not released as a single. Also, on Alan's Everything I Love album he put his own touch on "Who's Cheatin' Who" and I believe that was a top 10 song for him. He has been talking about keeping the living legends' music alive and he has accomplished that goal with this Wonderful album which is all traditional country music except for Margaritaville,,,,which was Fun and that is also something Alan brings to us...his sense of wit is Excellent.
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Under The Influence was the first Alan Jackson album I purchased. This is one record where I liked every song--and I think that the songs here are ones that you will like hearing. "Pop A Top" opens the album and was the initial single. I hardly ever heard Jim Ed Brown's original version when I was growing up because I didn't grow up listening to country music. However, after catching the country music "bug" years ago and getting acquainted with the song, I started liking it a lot. On this record, Alan does "Pop A Top" as well as, if not better than, Jim Ed did. Among the other classic songs that Alan covers here are "Farewell Party", the '70s hit by Gene Watson; "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'", Charley Pride's signature song; Hank Williams Jr.'s haunting autobiographical song "The Blues Man"; the great Merle Haggard song "The Way I Am"; "It Must Be Love", Don Williams' upbeat hit from '79; and a 1980 John Anderson hit, "She Just Started Liking Cheatin' Songs". However, even though I like all the tunes here, I think that this record's highlight is "Margaritaville". Jimmy Buffett's 1977 version, which was a Top 10 pop hit, is great, but so is Alan's 1999 version--on which Jimmy, the writer, duets with Alan. This collection is definitely a five-star album.
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