Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828765309721
  • Catalog Number: 53097

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Bitty (2:38)
  2. 2 Everything I Love (3:06)
  3. 3 Who's Cheatin' Who (4:01)
  4. 4 There Goes (3:55)
  5. 5 I'll Go on Loving You (3:57)
  6. 6 Right on the Money (3:49)
  7. 7 Gone Crazy (3:49)
  8. 8 Little Man (4:27)
  9. 9 Pop a Top (3:04)
  10. 10 The Blues Man (7:04)
  11. 11 It Must Be Love (2:53)
  12. 12 www.memory (2:34)
  13. 13 When Somebody Loves You (3:27)
  14. 14 Where I Come from (4:01)
  15. 15 Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) (5:05)
  16. 16 Drive (For Daddy Gene) (4:03)
  17. 17 It's Five O' Clock Somewhere @@Jimmy Buffett (3:49)
  18. 18 Remember When (4:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Job Description (4:41)
  2. 2 Tropical Depression (2:57)
  3. 3 Let's Get Back to Me and You (2:52)
  4. 4 You Can't Give Up on Love (3:05)
  5. 5 Hole in the Wall (3:33)
  6. 6 Buicks to the Moon (2:36)
  7. 7 When Love Comes Around (3:05)
  8. 8 The Sounds (3:23)
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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
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Kieran Kane Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Charlie Black Composer
Gary Gray Engineer
Alan Jackson Composer
John Kelton Engineer
Matthew McCauley Arranger
Jim McBride Composer
Don Rollins Composer
Keith Stegall Producer
Hank Williams Jr. Composer
Charlie Craig 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
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pop A Top Again...And Again...And AGAIN!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I'm not a huge Alan fan, but picked up this CD because a few of the songs I liked, and the others I hoped would grow on me. In all honesty, I think most of this album is alittle dull, but there are some gems as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cool

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Collection Of Hits

    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.

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