Precious Memories CD (2006)

Artist: Alan Jackson

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I just love this album! It is the best hymn album ever and you just play it over and over. There is no other "How Great Thou Art" ever recorded. Alan Jackson has keeps the faith and is a great patriot.

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Also Good Memories

on 3/1/2006

This album is good soul searching toe tapping experience. Reminding me of the old gospel hymns I grew up with, also in a small country church in Georgia. We still sing them! Alan Jackson has been blessed with a wonderful voice that can sing any kind of music. Hearing that he made this alubm for his mom makes it even more special.

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Beautifully produced spiritual hymns

by on 5/9/2006

Alan Jackson -- ever the country music classicist -- restores two traditions at once, offering an album of faith while at the same time paring his accompaniment to an earthier acoustically-inclined core. This collection of fifteen hymns draws its power entirely from Jackson's commitment and the songs' timeless qualities, forgoing any calculated commercial intentions. Originally recorded as a personal gift to Jackson's mother, the album's public release has brought an unexpected dividend, debuting at #1 on the country album chart, while simultaneously topping Billboard's Christian album chart and landing at #4 on Billboard's album chart. CD buyers are tapping into the heartfelt, private nature of the performances, with Jackson's voice and his harmony singers strikingly framed by gentle arrangements of acoustic guitar, piano and organ. The material rings with the familiarity of regular worship services, and will be dear to those raised in the faith; those who spent their Sundays elsewhere will find inspiration in these classic songs. One might be inclined to think of these performances as a family living-room sing, were the family not so unusually talented. Still, the spare arrangements and Jackson's devotion allow the songs to take center stage, with the singer's luminous talent providing the halo. [©2006 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Precious Memories is an album with roots as deep as the southern town where Alan grew up, where life lessons were learned, and where a "hymn" was more than a song; it was a way of life. A touching and heartwarming album, Alan re-creates 15 of the most treasured hymns as a special gift to his mother, including "Blessed Assurance," "When We All Get To Heaven," "I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With you," and more.


Label Arista Records/sbme
SKU 202239010
UPC 828768028124
UPC 14 00828768028124
Format CD
Release Date 2/28/2006
Author Alan Jackson
Associated Artist/Work Foxworthy, Jeff
Associated Artist/Work Jones, George
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Strait, George
Associated Artist/Work The Country Dance Kings
Technical Info
Engineer Matt Rovey; Jamie Tate; John Kelton
Producer Keith Stegall; Keith Stegall
CatalogID 82876802812
Lable Name Arista
Released 02/28/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 37m : 0s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828768028124
Album Notes and Credits
Alan Jackson: Alan Jackson (vocals, guitar); Gary Prim, John Wesley Ryles, Keith Stegall, Melodie Crittenden, Brent Mason .
Personnel: Brent Mason (acoustic guitar); Gary Prim (piano, organ); Keith Stegall (piano); John Wesley Ryles, Ali Muhammed Jackson , Melodie Crittenden (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: John Kelton.
Recording information: Sound Station, Nashville, TN; The Rukkus Room, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Alan Jackson.
On 2006's PRECIOUS MEMORIES, country superstar Alan Jackson ventures into gospel territory, offering up a set of warm and inviting faith-themed songs. These spare tracks feature no percussion and rely almost solely on piano and acoustic guitar, allowing the focus to remain on Jackson's resonant vocals and the songs' devoutly Christian lyrics. Although praising Jesus is clearly the core of this album, the beautifully minimalist renderings of spiritual classics are so soothing and pleasant that the disc's appeal is sure to extend to fans of Jackson's secular music, particularly on "Softly and Tenderly," which is enhanced by gentle organ lines, and "I'll Fly Away," here given a light, jaunty bluegrass feel. The resulting atmosphere evokes images of the Georgia-born singer/guitarist sitting in on a friendly, open-air church service, leading a sing-along of traditional numbers such as "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "I Want to Stroll Over Heaven with You."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.94) - "Alan Jackson sings in a rich, restrained baritone that helps give even his rowdier songs a touch of classic-country elegance. That voice is at its most sensibly sturdy on PRECIOUS MEMORIES..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.103) - "The delivery of these old church songs is solemn, the accompaniment sparse, and the historical value real..." -- Grade: B
No Depression (p.132) - "The arrangements rarely extend beyond stately solo piano or guitar, the harmonies sound homespun and familial, and Jackson's vocal subtlety has a self-effacing humility in the face of a higher power."
Disc 1
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 Old Rugged Cross, The
14 How Great Thou Art
15 I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You
Product Attributes
Artist Jackson,Alan
Label Arista Records
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