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Ratings and reviews for Greatest Hits 2

Ratings and reviews for Greatest Hits 2
4.6
based on 35 rating(s)
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Price: $18.98 $7.00 (63% off)
Trade In Value: $0.30
Artist(s): Alan Jackson
Release Date: 8/12/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 12/16/2003
Binding: Audio CD
Format: CD, Extra tracks, Limited Edition
Running Time: 70 minutes
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Sony Legacy
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Product Group: Music
Genre: Country - Contemporary Country
Sales Rank: 1774
Description: NEW Combo BLUWAVS CD and FLAC FILE
UPC: 082876548602

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amazon logo Country Music's Hottest Ticket
A terrific follow-up to "Greatest Hits Vol. I", this collection is a must for Jackson fans; it of course has his mega-hit with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere", and there's a good balance between the up-tempo songs and the ballads. The musicianship is outstanding, including the masterful mandolin and fiddle work by Stuart Duncan, and piano by Hargus "Pig" Robbins.

The songs:
"I'll Go On Loving You" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Written by Kieran Kane (once of the short-lived but brilliant duo The O'Kanes in the late '80s), the words and melody are superb, and Alan sings it with the tender soul of a poet.
"The Blues Man" is so lovely, so mellow; written by Hank Williams Jr., it has a simplicity that goes right to the heart.
Jackson wrote nine of the songs in this collection. He has a sharp wit and honesty with his lyrics, and a great melodic sense; some of my favorites are:
"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" is Alan's tribute to 9/11, and is a song that spoke words that were on our minds, and helped us heal.
"Drive" is one Alan wrote for his father Gene, and it tells a wonderful generational story.
"Remember When" is about Alan's thoughts on marriage, and is an exquisitely romantic, heartfelt finish for this marvelous album.

This CD of super hits was just declared Triple Platinum, and Jackson has recently become ACM's Most-Nominated artist...he's won over 80 major awards, and one listen to this fabulous recording shows why; as songwriter, singer, performer and musician, few in the history of country music are in the same league as Alan Jackson. He's a legend, and one of my favorite artists in any genre. The booklet insert includes all the lyrics, and total playing time is 70'29.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Compressed sound, too loud compared to other music
I love Alan Jackson, he is one of my favorite vocalist. But this and his other greatest hit CD is mixed compressed and to loud. Having it on my music list while listening on my headphones causes me to rip off my headphones when his music comes on and blows out my eardrums. This has happen once to often. I now have removed these two albums from my music list to save my ears.

To listen to his music anymore, I have to be careful and set my music low enough to get a better sound level. So I listen less often now to Alan Jackson.
2 of 16 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Must-Have Collection
Since releasing his first "Greatest Hits Collection," Alan Jackson has continued to write and record some truly great country music. Covering the period from 1996 - 2002, the second volume of hits contains some of his best work ever, especially the heartbreaking "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" (#1 for 5 weeks in 2001-2002), which Alan penned in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center. The song finally gave Alan a Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year, and it's worthy of every accolade.

People sometimes forget what a talented writer Alan is, but he wrote a number of other songs here. One of the best is "Little Man" (#3 in 1999), which eloquently describes the disappearance of small businesses run by the eponymous "little" men. The fun and rollicking "Where I Come From" (#1 for 3 weeks in 2001) describes his upbringing, where there was "a lot of front porch pickin" and "cornbread and chicken." Finally, this CD includes Alan's simple but amazing tribute to his father - "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" (#1 for 4 weeks in 2002).

Although Alan is a great songwriter, he's savvy enough to collect material from other great songsmiths. "Right on the Money" (#1 for 1 week in 1999) is a mid-tempo song written by Charlie Black and Phil Vassar, with a chorus that implants itself in your brain. "I'll Go On Loving You" (#3 in 1998) was composed by Kieran Kane; it's an unusual song for Alan - mostly spoken word over a beautiful string-drenched score. "Everything I Love" is vintage Jackson - a lament for having to abide by moderation.

In addition to these great originals, Alan has had big hits with a number of top-notch covers. "Pop a Top" (#6 in 1999), "Little Bitty" (#1 for 3 weeks in 1996), and Who's Cheatin' Who" (#2 in 1997) are great examples of the fun, up-tempo songs he often remakes. He also does a beautiful cover of "It Must Be Love" (#1 for 1 week in 2000), which was a #1 hit for Don Williams.

Finally, two new songs are included. "Remember When" is a pretty ballad with a prominent steel guitar; it was a big hit. Alan also pairs with Jimmy Buffett again on "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," following their earlier duet on "Margaritaville." It's a fun, although somewhat disposable song.

Overall, this collection is amazing and really shows what a superstar Alan Jackson has become. Because he's humble and unassuming, Alan doesn't always receive the attention he deserves, especially among casual country fans. Fortunately, he's quietly and steadily keeping alive the tradition of great country music. Most highly recommended.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Allen Jackson - Greatest Hits Volume II
I am thrilled with the CD. I play the piano and purchased the sheet music to "Remember When". I decided to search the internet for the CD so that I could play the piano along with the CD. I have other sheet music that I have purchased CDs to play along with it.
0 of 14 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo a big AJ fan
This CD is kind of a rip off, since when it was first released as a 2 disc set. Alan Jackson is awsome as usual, but they should not have changed the 2nd release. Otherwise, I just lucked out with anyone else who got it when it was first released. The video discs are also worth having. Don't be decieved, they have been released as disc 1 & disc 2. When the record producers "B" about people burning copies, this should be taken into consideration. Also, lowering the price of CD's would help!
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo AWESOME... review by a musician
I am not a die hard country fan in the sense that I listen to a variety of music. However, this album is exceptional and ranks among my favorites. Every song on here is a blockbuster and each of them has a great story behind it. The musicianship is excellent and the arrangements are not canned. Alan Jackson comes across as warm, sincere, engaging and definitely in the groove with his band. In my opinion, there is not one song on here that is a filler, although I do like a few songs less than others. I think this CD is the ONE to own, if you can resist buying more. However, Jackson is a real phenomenon and one of the top talents to come on to the country stage. He has the awards to prove it, but this album proves it with sound. Listen to the samples below and you will hear for yourself. His presence on this album comes across strong and through a good stereo even more so. I've listened to this over and over and have never grown tired of the music. Enjoy!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo More hits
I bet this guy will come out with a greatest hits 3, maybe even GH4 before he is done. He just knows how to write songs.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Great CD!
I LOVE this CD!! I bought it particularly for 'Remember When' and the song about 9-11, but the rest of it is great as well. He has a very rich, easy-to-listen-to voice, which does justice to everything he sings. I don't think I've ever heard him sing a 'bad song!'
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Always great service.
I have never been disappointed with anything that I have ordered from Amazon.com. It's a pleasure buying products from you.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Real Country, Real Hits. A must for your Truck CD Player
Buying 'Greatest Hits' CD's these days is risky business - often the songs are not hits, and are less than great. But country music's modern day George Jones has real hits every time he releases a song. And there are a lot of selections that belong on this CD, but did not make the cut because of quality of his art.
My advice if you are asking, is to buy this CD, put it in the CD player in your truck, and enjoy an hour or so of today's best country singer singing his best stuff.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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