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  • Audio CD (Oct. 26 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00001T3HC
  • Other Editions: 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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As close as sex, drugs, and rock & roll is to rock, country's theme of livin' lovin' and leavin' has to include "honky tonkin' drinkin" songs. Jackson didn't intend for this collection to be a string of old hits.
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.
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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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Mainstream country music has lost its soul. Independent labels still produce authentic country in its many guises, but fail to gain the mass radio plays that allow dull rock acts in cowboy hats to dominate the top of the country charts. The one exception is Alan Jackson. To prove that point, he released this superb covers album which pays tribute to his musical heroes. Toby Keith or Lonestar fans may wonder where the Eagles cover version is (and who on earth is Charley Pride). Alan Jackson knows and we should be grateful that he did include Kiss An Angel Good Mornin' ahead of Hotel California. This is a rare example of a country covers album that actually covers real country music. There are classics originally recorded by Jim Ed Brown, Gene Watson, Merle Haggard and George Jones. Alan Jackson's rich baritone effortlessly brings these songs into the current market place and deservedly into the spotlight after years of neglect. Jackson should be applauded for his choice of material, which could be considered daring. Someone should now persuade George Strait to return to this type of material, for even he has veered away from the mainly traditional music that once charaterised his music. Alan Jackson remains true to real country and should have the support of every fan of the music.
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