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The Essential Alan Jackson

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Legacy's 2012 set The Essential Alan Jackson is a retitled reissue of 2010's 34 Number Ones, containing the same songs in the same sequence but bearing a different title and artwork. Upon its release, three of these cuts -- "Ring of Fire," "Look at Me," and the Zac Brown Band duet "As She's Walking Away" -- were new and several of the songs -- "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," "Here in the Real World," "Tonight I Climbed the Wall," "Who Says You Can't Have It All," and "Who's Cheatin' Who" -- never topped the Billboard charts, so the title 34 Number Ones bent the truth a bit, but when placed under the Essential banner alongside all the number one hits from 1991 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Legacy's 2012 set The Essential Alan Jackson is a retitled reissue of 2010's 34 Number Ones, containing the same songs in the same sequence but bearing a different title and artwork. Upon its release, three of these cuts -- "Ring of Fire," "Look at Me," and the Zac Brown Band duet "As She's Walking Away" -- were new and several of the songs -- "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," "Here in the Real World," "Tonight I Climbed the Wall," "Who Says You Can't Have It All," and "Who's Cheatin' Who" -- never topped the Billboard charts, so the title 34 Number Ones bent the truth a bit, but when placed under the Essential banner alongside all the number one hits from 1991 through 2008, there is no reason to quibble. Jackson certainly has more to offer than just number one singles -- his facility with slow-burning torch songs and gospel is absent here, as are several singles that never reached the upper echelon of the charts "Pop a Top," "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues," "USA Today," "A Woman's Love," "www.memory," "It's Alright to Be a Redneck," "When Somebody Loves You" -- but by its very length The Essential Alan Jackson suggests the depth and breadth of his body of work, and it's a tremendously entertaining listen to boot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919679724
  • Catalog Number: 196797
  • Sales rank: 12,284

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Jackson Primary Artist, Vocals
Gary Prim Piano
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Rafe Van Hoy Acoustic Guitar
John Willis Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Lee Ann Womack Background Vocals
Clay Cook Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Zac Brown Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Coy Bowles Hammond B3
Jimmy de Martini Fiddle, Background Vocals
John Driskell Hopkins Bass, Background Vocals
Chris Fryar Drums
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
George Jones Composer
Paul Overstreet Composer
Randy Travis Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Charlie Black Composer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Scott Hendricks Producer
Alan Jackson Composer
John Kelton Engineer
Jim McBride Composer
Bob McDill Composer
Roger Murrah Composer
Don Rollins Composer
Keith Stegall Composer, Producer
Merle Kilgore Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Bart Busch Engineer
Carson Chamberlain Composer
Jim Collins Composer
Mark Irwin Composer
Phil Vassar Composer
Jerry Hayes Composer
Don Sampson Composer
Matt Rovey Engineer
Jim "Moose" Brown Composer
Jason Campbell Production Accountant
Zac Brown Composer, Producer
Ron Jackson Composer
Andy Loftin Composer
Charlie Craig Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Wyatt Durrette Composer
June Carter Composer
Chris Willman Liner Notes
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