Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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by Alan Jackson

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Tip your Stetsons to Alan Jackson. On his second volume of hits, he offers not only a generous 18-cut sampling of gems from 1996 through 2003 but also two outstanding new songs -- plus a limited-edition bonus disc featuring eight album tracks Jackson selected for inclusion here. The fully up-to-snuff new songs are a buoyant, tropical-flavored salute to the onset of…  See more details below


Tip your Stetsons to Alan Jackson. On his second volume of hits, he offers not only a generous 18-cut sampling of gems from 1996 through 2003 but also two outstanding new songs -- plus a limited-edition bonus disc featuring eight album tracks Jackson selected for inclusion here. The fully up-to-snuff new songs are a buoyant, tropical-flavored salute to the onset of happy hour, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (featuring Jimmy Buffett cracking wise), and a touching, acoustic-flavored ballad, "Remember When," reflecting on a love that grows deeper through good times and bad, its thoughtful sentiments caressed by the gentlest of string arrangements. Preceding the new tunes is memorable fare such as the whimsical, singsong "Little Bitty"; the monumental 9/11 treatise "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"; the sensuous, atmospheric love song "I'll Go On Loving You"; the bopping cover of "Pop-A-Top"; and the rustic, exuberant reminiscence of a young boy's bond with his father, "Drive." The bonus disc offers the usual gamut of tradition-rooted country styles Jackson is known for, including "Job Description," a low-key, honky-tonk–style trucker's tale; a toe-tapping workout celebrating living and loving anew, "Let's Get Back to Me and You"; an acoustic-driven lament over lost love, "Hole in the Wall"; and a classically styled country-and-western testimonial, "When Love Comes Around," about making good in the romance department. These eight songs are so good, someone's gonna accuse Jackson of trying to run up the score on his outclassed opponents. Go for it, Alan.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alan Jackson was one of the leading lights of contemporary country music in the '90s and the key to his success is that he managed to be straightforwardly traditional without sacrificing his taste for slightly mawkish sentimentality. The first tendency got him respect, the second sold him records, and if the latter is emphasized on the 18-track Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, that's because that's what hit the charts, particularly as he settled into his role as a veteran during the second half of the '90s, the period that this volume covers. There's little faulting this as a collection of hits, since it picks up precisely where 1995's Greatest Hits leaves off, then runs through all the hits in chronological order, adding two new songs -- the cheerful Jimmy Buffett duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" and the slow, nostalgic "Remember When" -- at the end. This does its job right, functioning as a good, thorough collection of hit singles, though it has to be said that taken as an album, the sentimental stuff does weigh a little heavy and it's hard not to wish there were a few more hardcore honky tonk numbers like "Pop a Top," just to give the album some variety and a quicker pace, but it's hard to fault this as a collection of big hits. [Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 was released initially with an eight-track bonus disc, containing a bunch of album tracks, relying heavily on 1994's Who I Am, along with two tracks from 2002's Drive. Not a bad bonus disc -- actually, it's pretty enjoyable -- but it's hardly a collection of rarities, either.]

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  1. Little Bitty
  2. Everything I Love
  3. Who's Cheatin' Who
  4. There Goes
  5. I'll Go on Loving You
  6. Right on the Money
  7. Gone Crazy
  8. Little Man
  9. Pop a Top
  10. The Blues Man
  11. It Must Be Love
  12. www.memory
  13. When Somebody Loves You
  14. Where I Come from
  15. Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)
  16. Drive (For Daddy Gene)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Jackson   Primary Artist
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Matthew McCauley   Conductor
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Electric Bass
Greenwood Hart   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Kieran Kane   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Charlie Black   Composer
Alan Jackson   Composer
John Kelton   Engineer
Matthew McCauley   String Arrangements
Don Rollins   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Nat Stuckey   Composer
Carson Chamberlain   Composer
Mellissa Schleicher   Groomer
Robert Lee McDill   Composer
Phil Vassar   Composer
Jerry Hayes   Composer
Matt Rovey   Engineer
Jim "Moose" Brown   Composer

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Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Alan Jackson does not disappoint with his second heaping helping of hits. I was glad to see that he included "The Blues Man," a song which only hit #22 on the charts. This song is Alan's best work by far. Missing here are "It's Alright To Be A Redneck" and "Work In Progress." These would have added a bit more humor and brought the number of songs up to 20, the same as his first hits collection. The two new songs are up to snuff, especially "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," the duet with Jimmy Buffett (in fact, it's Buffett's first #1 hit ever). Also, let me advise anyone who doesn't yet own Alan's "Drive" to pick one up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Favorite:5 o'clock somewhere because it's kinda funny who's cheatin' who's also very good Not as good as first greatest hits but still the best
Guest More than 1 year ago
This great Alan Jackson album includes some of his greatest number one hits! Not only does it have the first sixteen numbers, including: "Little Bitty" (1996), "I'll Go On Loving You" (1998), "Pop A Top" (1965), "Where Were You" (2001), and "Drive" (2001), but it also has two more numbers, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (2003) and "Remember When" (2003). And it also has six extra feature numbers, too! I highly recommend this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so refreshing to hear Alan Jackson's pure voice among the large amount of rap, pop, and "poser" country that is present in today's society. Songs like "Little Man," "Drive," and "Little Bitty" will undoubtedly go down in true country lover's hearts. Powerful songs like "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning," a song Jackson wrote the night of September Eleventh about the country's terrorist attacks, beautifully contrasts lighter songs like "Pop a Top," a song about nothing other than...BEER. I recently saw Alan in concert, and he played a combination of songs from both of his greatest hits collections, all of which I am proud to say I knew the words to. Alan sounded even better in person. But the CD is a close second, of course. A true performer...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think all of Alan Jackson songs have a meaning to them. He is one of the best singers I ever heard in my life. I think he has a great voice and he is good looking man and his wife denise is very pretty woman.I hope he will never stop making albums or music videos for all of his fans who like him as much as I do. My son even loves his music and he is only 7 years old and he loves his videos and music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago