Editors’ Notes This Alan Jackson collection has a little something for both longtime fans and curious newcomers. Comprising his early material up to 1994’s Who I Am, the compilation is a time capsule harking back to the new traditional craze that was ignited (but not pioneered) by Garth Brooks. Unlike many “hat acts” of that era, Jackson kept one boot deeply rooted in honky-tonk, while the other foot toed the contemporary line of (then) modern radio-friendly production. Though he’s since become a seasoned balladeer, the crux of this material is upbeat and uplifting, especially the opening “Chattahoochee,” which moves with a fast roadhouse shuffle over a watery pedal steel, old-timey fiddles, and twangy Telecasters. “Gone Country” is a witty, razor-tongued jab at failed pop singers trying to make it in country music. He reworks covers to sound like his own songs, giving George Jones’ “Tall, Tall Trees” a contemporary remodel, while retaining the original beer-joint boot-scoot boogie. And his version of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” sounds like it was born in a Bakersfield saloon.

SONG
Chattahoochee (Extended Mix)
1
3:56
 
Gone Country
2
4:19
 
She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)
3
2:24
 
Midnight In Montgomery
4
3:43
 
Tall, Tall Trees
5
2:27
 
Chasin' That Neon Rainbow
6
3:05
 
I'll Try
7
3:51
 
Don't Rock the Jukebox
8
2:50
 
Livin' On Love
9
3:48
 
Summertime Blues
10
3:11
 
Love's Got a Hold On You
11
2:53
 
(Who Says) You Can't Have It All
12
3:28
 
Home
13
3:17
 
Wanted
14
2:57
 
I Don't Even Know Your Name
15
3:50
 
Dallas
16
2:43
 
Here In the Real World
17
3:37
 
Someday
18
3:17
 
Mercury Blues
19
3:38
 
I'd Love You All Over Again
20
3:10
 

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