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  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B0034C9CFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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1. Hard Hat And A Hammer
2. Every Now And Then
3. After 17
4. It's Just That Way
5. Freight Train
6. Tail Lights Blue
7. I Could Get Used To This Lovin' Thing
8. Till The End (with Lee Ann Womack)
9. That's Where I Belong
10. Big Green Eyes
11. True Love Is A Golden Ring
12. The Best Keeps Getting Better

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2010 release from the Country Music superstar. Jackson's 18th album (including two hits collections), Freight Train was produced by longtime collaborator Keith Stegall and features 12 songs, one of which is Jackson's hot single, the Stegall co-write, 'It's Just That Way.' Eight of the album's dozen tracks bear Jackson's songwriting credit, including one he penned with Roger Murrah, with whom he wrote one of his biggest hits, 'Don't Rock The Jukebox'. In a moving tribute to the legendary Vern Gosdin, who passed away last year and for whom Jackson has long expressed admiration, Jackson enlisted Lee Ann Womack to record 'Till the End', Gosdin's 1977 classic duet with Janie Fricke.

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Really enjoy this latest Alan Jackson CD.
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I have all his CD's and this one is really good!
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So glad I picked this up when it came out!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Every Now and Then, Taillights Blue, It's Just That Way

Despite Alan Jackson's denial that there was any enigmatic motive in entitling his 14th album "Freight Train" but it is still an appropriate album title. Just as a freight train is not about speed but about going the long haul, these 12 tracks are not about chasing the latest trends, they are quality songs that are going to be etched into the memories of fans for years and years to come. Just as freight trains hearken back to the days of old-fashioned gait, these paeans belong to the best of traditional honky-tonk country sung in Jackson's most affectionate southern-drawl tenor. If you like steel guitars, soft strumming of the guitar and everything rustic--this is a feast for the ears. Jackson once again delivers 7 solidly self-written cuts, one a co-write with Roger Murrah, and 4 well-chosen covers, one of which coming from Adam Wright (Jackson's own nephew).

If there was ever any doubt if Alan Jackson is the best thing that has had ever happened to country music, just take a listen to "Every Now and Then." In the tradition of Jackson's heart-tugging signature ballads such as "If I Could Back Up" and "Gone Crazy," "Every Now and Then" brings out all the bittersweet memories of a love that has ended with so much realism that you swear Jackson has had read your own diary. Another absolute charm is the Adam Wright co-write "Taillights Blue," a devastating piece of heartache, which calls to mind Clint Black's "Nothing But the Taillights" but done at a slower pace with an even more gorgeous melody. Romance in its more blissful moments do get a mention on "It's Just That Way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jose Luis Polo on May 9, 2010
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In Spain country music is not very appreciated, but there is people like me that enjoy listening this music.I think Freight Train is a very good record.Alan Jackson back to traditional country with it.My favorite songs are "Every now and then","After 17","Freight Train"....It is a record that I can not stop to listen.If you want listening good country music,don't let pass this in your records collection.From Madrid with love to my friends at Amazon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Gregory on March 30, 2010
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This album is a return to a very classic country sound. Not a lot of rocking, beat heavy tunes. Just good easy listening music that reminds me of Alan's early career. I'm thrilled with it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By musicismylife on April 1, 2010
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Packin' up the Freight Train after more than 20 years with Arista Records, Alan bids a consistent farewell to a Remarkable chapter of his career! This album (out now for just a day) most admittedly does not hit you like "Good Time" the best country album from 2008-2009. In terms of Country Music awards "Good Time" was the most over-looked album in over a decade. Why? Maybe the Nashville-elite didn't like the fact that Alan Jackson went it alone and wrote all 17 tracks on the album with great success! It was a career first for him, although he has always been a prolific writer of "simple-songs" and most of his own biggest hits. Well, on "Freight Train" he lets a handful of others into the mix on 3 tracks and pulls off a fantastically country-to-the-core cover with Lee Ann Womack on the Gosdin penned "Till the End."

"Freight Train" might lack many of the number 1 knock-out hits that made "Good Time" great, however, I think that it is more consistently good... There isn't a weak track of the new album's 12 tracks, while the last had a couple of "I Still Like Bologna" & "Nothing Left to Do" type tracks that weren't horrible yet put a few kinks in an otherwise outstanding 17 track line-up. [For my tastes, anyway] "Hard Hat and a Hammer" is another in a line of tribute to the "working class hero"-type songs that Alan has been so good to put out over the years... This gets the album off to a decent enough start which highlights include, but aren't limited too the first single "It's Just That Way," "Freight Train," "Taillights Blue," "Till the End," "Big Green Eyes," and my personal favorite upon my first listen "True Love is a Golden Ring!" Alan Jackson's songs make a great soundtrack to the life a "simple-man" which probably explains why he's my favorite living country artist.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By michael on April 23, 2010
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Alan Jackson has made a career out of doing Neo-Traditional Country for 20 years.He deserves to be in the upper pantheon of the country greats and is also one of America's greatest singer-songwriters regardless of genre.
My biggest problem with this album is that there are no real stand out tracks and the songs seem
to blend together.
While this is not his best album to date if you are a fan of traditional country with a down home sound with good lyrics you will not be disappointed with this album.
I would give this album 3 and a half stars if amazon let me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2010
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I'll admit straight away that I generally prefer Alan's early albums, but this is still a magnificent album well worthy of listening to if you`re a country music fan. We should also remember that among country music's so-called class of `89, Alan Jackson is the one who has shown the greatest staying power, even though the attention back then was focused more on Clint Black and Garth Brooks than on Alan. That said, the first two singles off this album (it's just that way, A hard hat and a hammer) failed to make the top ten in the American country charts, so maybe those country radio stations are losing interest in Alan`s music now.

The opening track (A hard hat and a hammer) gets the album off to a good start, paying tribute to ordinary workers everywhere. It bounces along nicely, though Alan might have rocked a little harder on this song in his early days. Most of the album is fairly mellow, but among the other highlights are the duet with Lee Ann Womack on a cover of Vern Gosdin's classic country song, Till the end, and the outstanding True love is a golden ring.

The title track is a curious oddity where Alan wishes he were a freight train that didn't have a heart. In this, he seems to have confused his locomotives slightly, as he sings about a diesel locomotive (maybe the one pictured on the album cover) but mentions things that are associated with a steam locomotive. A minor point, but it perhaps illustrates how far trains have slipped out of the everyday lives of most people, particularly in America.

I'm very pleased to own it, especially at the bargain price I paid for it. I still think his debut album Here in the Real World is his absolute best original album, but this one certainly has plenty to offer country music fans.
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