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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.Read more ›
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.
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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What a strol down memory lane from Church when I was a little girl. All the great hyms you loved to sing in Church.Published 4 months ago by Yvonne D. Leibrock
More then I hoped for, this is what I wanted to have with me where ever I go ExcellantPublished 5 months ago by mjbear7
I have the CD in my car. Enjoy listing and singing along as I drive. Love all the old hymns. Alan Jackson has a great voice.Published 7 months ago by Marge
Got it for my Mom and she liked it....but it is not Alan Jackson at his best.Published 7 months ago by 4tom
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I doubt if you will ever find this in CASSETTE form, they just don't do it anymore. It's simpler to find someone with a cassette player on their stereo components and MAKE a CASSETTE, I do it when I need to...
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