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Keys to the Highway Import

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  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sba
  • ASIN: B000008EPP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. MCCOOL on 23 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this album in a library awhile back, not knowing too much about the artist nor expecting overmuch - but on listening to it I was astonished at the consistency of the quality. Out of 12 tracks, there is not a single one which is less than very good and some which are outstanding; the majority written by Crowell alone and the rest co-written by him. There are a couple here which I have seen in Greatest Hits compilations, "Many A Long And Lonesome Highway" & "Things I Wish I'd Said" which are magnificent compositions and other excellent songs, but the highlight of the album, which I have not seen in any collection of his best work,and one of the greatest songs I've ever heard in 30 years of intensive listening to music, is "The Faith Is Mine".
I could not recommend this album highly enough.
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Format: Audio Cassette
This is a good and somewhat underrated album. Mr Crowell is a great songwriter, in the classic storytelling tradition. He explores the borderlands between Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Chris Rea, adds some country, and ends up with an excellent and unique sound and style. Highly recommended for all lovers of quality guitar music!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By raymond glendinning on 12 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This Album shows Rodney Crowell at his very best
It should Appeal to all lovers of Genuine Country Music
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Unjustly overlooked follow-up to breakthrough LP 2 Sept. 2001
By hyperbolium - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Having unexpectedly reaped huge commercial rewards (including five chart-topping singles) with his previous LP ("Diamonds & Dirt"), the lack of blistering success for this follow-up might be more disappointing if the LP itself weren't so uniformly good. Eschewing the romance-themed song-cycle of his previous LP, Crowell digs into darker subjects, and a wider variety of sounds, motivated in large part by the passing of his father.
The contemplative "Many a Long and Lonesome Highway," is the sort of strong composition one is pleased to find as an album track, but as a lead-off single, it couldn't stake out ground for the album's success. The follow-up, "If Looks Could Kill," with its honky-tonk pedigree, was probably a better lure, and though both cracked the top-10, the album sank out of sight without even going gold.
In the shadow of the success generated by "Diamonds & Dirt," "Keys to the Highway" has remained overlooked in Crowell's catalog. But having broken through with the former, the latter seems to reconsolidate his artistic success, rather than simply repeating the formula for commercial gain. The variety of styles, including ballads, honky-tonk, neo-rockabilly, blues, and blends of folk and soul with country roots, make this an unusually strong LP. Crowell may have been suffering under the weight of his loss, but he turned the emotional pressure into a resolve that strengthens every aspect of this album.
Lucky Dog's reissue is a budget affair, including only the original twelve tracks, and no liner notes. But then, what you're buying is the music, and the music is top-notch.
4-1/2 stars, if Amazon allowed fractional ratings.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great songwriting regardless of genre... 19 Mar. 2001
By Paul B. Hogue - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Slightly darker than his previous release "Diamonds and Dirt," the songwriting was just as strong. His father had died during the production (don't quote me), which led to songs like "Many a Long and Lonesome Highway." Songwriting doesn't get much better than the guilty-conscience anthem "If Looks Could Kill," or the first-person confessional of attraction in "Now That We're Alone." Maybe with the re-release of "Diamonds and Dirt," we'll be seeing the same with this album to include a few extra tracks. I know people hate to read personal statements in these reviews, but here's mine: As a songwriter, nothing has influenced how I approach a song as much as this album. Thanks, Rodney.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nothing Short of a Masterpiece 14 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If one is looking for evidence that Rodeny Crowell is one of the best songwriters in the country genre of the past 20 years than one need look no further than this masterpiece of a collection which was first released in 1989.
Although not quite a "song cycle," many of the songs here deal with Crowell's loss of his father, and they are the type of songs that only improve with repeated listenings and represent some of the most moving songs to come out of Nashville during the latter quarter of the 20th century. "Many a Long and Lonesome Highway," "Things I Wish I Said," and "Yove've Been On My Mind" (written by Crowell, but first recorded by Emmylou Harris on her fine "Bluebird" album) are just the tip of this monumental iceberg. Many a praise to Sony for giving this album a long overdue reissue. Curses be upon them for letting it go out of print in the first place.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
*************KERPLUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!********************** 7 May 2004
By Cory L. Schwent - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What happened!!!!! Hot on the tail-end of a streak that included 5 number one hits, a song of the year nomination, male vocalist of the year nomination, duet of the year award, a grammy award(!), and a platinum album, Crowell released this masterpiece.
And then, Kerplunk, nothing, thud and it was over. One of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century.
This album has all the ingredients that "Diamonds adn Dirt" had. No one was interested any more for some reason. Maybe Crowell was calling them harrassing them or something. Or maybe he made bad smells in the elevator and that ruined his reputaion.
What you have here is the only thing he could have possible followed "Diamonds and Dirt" with. A sheer masterpiece. Pure coutry music.
I don't know, I get a headache when I try to figure out what happened.
Just get this cd and enjoy.
Country music poet 2 Jan. 2013
By Lionel Ray Green - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Rodney Crowell is the best country music singer-songwriter of my time. This album along with 'Diamonds and Dirt' proves it. Crowell's weathered but smooth vocal captures the emotions of songs like the stunning tearjerker 'Things I Wish I'd Said' and the somber 'Don't Let Your Feet Slow You Down.' Crowell's introspective musings about life and love are pure poetry even when he lets his honky-tonk roots show on 'My Past is Present.' And 'If Looks Could Kill' is one of the best-written country songs I've ever heard.
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