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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004YC0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Past Is Present
2. If Looks Could Kill
3. Soul Searchin'
4. Many A Long And Lonesome Highway
5. We Gotta Go On Meeting Like This
6. The Faith Is Mine
7. Tell Me The Truth
8. Don't Let Your Feet Slow You Down
9. Now That We're Alone
10. Things I Wish I'd Said
11. I Guess We've Been Together For Too Long
12. You've Been On My Mind

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 2, 2001
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Hogue on March 19, 2001
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2001
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cory L. Schwent on May 6, 2004
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.
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Rodney Crowell: Keys to the Highway

I think this album is just fine, its not so good as Diamonds&Dirt. If you are die hard Rodney Crowell fan I would by this, if not you might spend your money on something else. Rodney Crowell is a great artist, but I rather recommend Diamonds&Dirt Extended version with 13 tracks, Faith Right hand, The Outsider, Jewel of the south and Let the picture paint itself. I liked those album more than Keys to the Highway.
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