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Precious Memories

Alan JacksonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000E6UJP6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blessed Assurance
2. Softly And Tenderly
3. I Love To Tell The Story
4. When We All Get To Heaven
5. 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
6. In The Garden
7. Are You Washed In The Blood?
8. I'll Fly Away
9. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
10. Standing On The Promises
11. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
12. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
13. The Old Rugged Cross
14. How Great Thou Art
15. I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You

Editorial Reviews

A few decades ago nearly every country singer had at least one--often more--gospel albums in their catalog. Today, aside from gospel veteran Amy Grant, who balances the sacred and secular, and Randy Travis, that concept has long faded. For Alan Jackson, however, treating the musical past as present has been a way of life, as it is with these 15 timeless hymns from his youth. Recorded with just two acoustic guitars and a piano, it was originally a private Christmas present to his mother. The spare instrumentation is surprisingly robust behind his flawless readings of "I'll Fly Away," "Softly and Tenderly," "How Great Thou Art," "Are You Washed in the Blood?," and "The Old Rugged Cross," all as beguilingly unpretentious as any of his country hits. Instead of an all-star duet, wife Denise and daughters Mattie and Ali join in on "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus." In the end, what began as a private bequest becomes a moving, eloquent gift to Jackson's entire audience. --Rich Kienzle

Product Description

Celebrate your faith. Songs of praise are beautifully performed in Alan Jackson's Precious Memories. Includes 'Blessed Assurance', 'Are You Washed In The Blood?', 'How Great Thou Art' and 'Leaning On The Everlasting Arms'. BMG. 2006.

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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jackson's Precious "Memories" March 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Prime Cuts: In the Garden, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, I'll Fly Away

Following in the footsteps of many country greats such as Randy Travis, Brenda Lee and Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson has added to the venerable canon of country artists singing the great hymns of the church. Unlike many other gospel CDs, "Precious Memories" does not come across as pretentious or spurious. Rather, recorded as a labor of love for his mother as a Christmas gift, Jackson's performance here is indubitably heartfelt. And wrapping his distinctive baritone around all around those vastly familar notes, Jackson gives each of these gospel chesnuts a warm glow brimming with a southern charm. With only a piano, acoustic guitars and organ, simplicity is the order of the day. However, with Keith Stegall's production, there is still that Alan Jackson familarity that has graced his last 10 studio CDs.

A listen to Jackson's spirited version of the poignantly phrased salvific hymn "Are You Washed in the Blood?" brings us directly to church's altar. "Blood" in an almost medley-like fashioned is quickly followed by the southern favorite "I'll Fly Away" boasting an ascendary piano bridge that certain gives flight to this great paean of hope. Though understandability Jackson's penchant for those honky tonk barnburners is missing here, but the more obscure "I Want to Stroll Over Heaven with You" comes closest. Continuing the theme of the blessedness of eternal life, "Heaven" finds a heavenly-minded Jackson reveling in pellucid Saturday night Texas fun.

When Jackson gets more reflective: "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" still has that trancendant mesage that still bespeaks truth in today's melee of trials.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gospel Album March 16, 2006
By Melvin
Format:Audio CD
Alan Jackson performs these songs the way they were meant to be sung. There seems to be some today who only want to hear contemporary Christian songs and some who only want to hear the older Christian songs. There is a place for both. Alan Jackson's rendition of these show just how great these old traditional hymns are. Simply sung, simply outstanding.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible March 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been an Alan Jackson fan for some time and I know I've never heard him sing quite like this. You as the listener are brought into a special place of intimacy and precious memories of Alan Jackson's and the result is a highly-emotional, deeply moving recording. It's truly an incredible experience.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Country March 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to this album at least a hundred times in the

last three days. Being from Nashville and a huge Alan Jackson

fan since his earliest days, just makes this album sweeter.

Alan had an album for his father Drive for Daddy Gene and

his father passed away before it's release. This album wasn't

intended to be released commercialy, but was done at the Ryman

with very few people in attendance,his mother among them.

I think it fits with Alan's roots,and his enduring love for

his family and also his fans. I love it and just for the record

his voice is the purest voice in country music. He never misses

a beat.The inspiration is great and so is he.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christian Tradition March 15, 2006
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For those who were raised in a traditional Christian home or for those who live in one, this is an excellent CD. Alan Jackson's voice is the right tone, with the right instruments to produce the feel of a good church solo. The 15 hymns fit together nicely, producing a body of song that brings back memories. Standards like, Blessed Assurance, Softly and Tenderly, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms and The Old Rugged Cross build a solid foundation for the other selections. The tempo of When We All Get to Heaven and I'll Fly Away is to slow by today's standards. However, this is within the historic norm for white churches.

I Want to Stroll Over Heaven with You is an excellent song and very well done. Personally, I'd rather have In the Sweet Bye n Bye on the CD.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure, Simple, Genious! February 28, 2006
By Fitchy
Format:Audio CD
I love this recording. As a southern baptist who loves Alan Jackson's music this is pure heaven! The production is key. I was hoping that the songs would not be over compressed and flooded with accents and stringed insturments. This is pure raw sitting in the pew hymns that are sung the way they were written to be sung.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Elegant, Inspired ... Achingly Beautiful April 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There's a sincerity and simplicity to this album that is simply beautiful. Perhaps it's because the album was originally recorded as a special gift to Alan's mother -- I found this album quite moving. The opening track, "Blessed Assurance," sets the tone and each track has its own special offering. This is a wonderful album, sung in a heartfelt way by Alan Jackson.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great CD October 2, 2006
By TheWoz
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My sister told me about the CD. I'm glad she did. You won't be disappointed. Alan Jackson does a great job singing the old time favorites like Blessed Assurance, How Great Thou Art, The Old Rugged Cross, and he does a wonderful job.
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Help!!!! looking for this in CASSETTE - Precious Memories - Alan Jackson
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