‘Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story’
Alan Jackson (Arista Nashville/Legacy)
5 stars out of 5
Alan Jackson has been one of contemporary country music’s best and most reliable performers for more than a quarter century. Since exploding onto the scene in 1989 with his near-perfect debut platter “Here in the Real World,” the Georgia native has churned out one first-rate record after another. His most recent studio effort, July’s “Angels and Alcohol,” shows that even at age 57, Jackson remains a relevant player on the modern country scene.
The folks at Arista Nashville and Legacy are celebrating Jackson’s career with “Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story.” Billed as the definitive three-CD anthology, the 59-track set touches on every aspect of Jackson’s recording career. In addition to a bevy of chart hits — many of them undisputed modern country classics — “Genuine” includes eight previously unreleased recordings that should set completists and hardcore fans a twitter.
Jackson’s track record of success is mind-boggling. He’s had 50 singles crack the Top 10 on the country charts over the years, including a whopping 35 that reached No. 1. He has sold almost 60 million albums since 1989 and has more than 150 music industry awards — including a pair of Grammys — on his mantle.
All the essential tunes are here, including “Here in the Real World,” “Wanted,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “I’d Love You All Over Again,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “Chattahoochee,” “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I’ve Got the Blues),” “Mercury Blues,” “Gone Country,’ “Livin’ On Love,” “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (with Jimmy Buffett) and countless others. Among the previously unreleased songs, “If Tears Could Talk,” a live cover of the Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road,” “Wings” and “As She’s Walking Away” are the one’s you’ll remember. With more than 3.5 hours of music, “Genuine” — which is available exclusively through Walmart — is country music at its best. (Jeffrey Sisk)