- Released: February 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Entertainment Weekly - 9/4/98, p.85
"Many performers with marital problems (Jackson recently separated from, then reconciled with, his wife) channel their trauma into memorable art. Jackson's largely autobiographical eighth release, though, is solid..." - Rating: B
Q - 12/99, p.1223 Stars (out of 5)
- "...Alan Jackson's appeal is based in part on the fact that the Georgia-born singer appeals to Nashville 1998, but can equally make records that recall the golden era of Jones-Haggard-Owens, etc..."
- 1.Right On The Money
- 2.Gone Crazy
- 3.Little Man
- 4.What A Day Yesterday Was
- 5.Hurtin' Comes Easy
- 6.I'll Go On Loving You
- 7.Another Good Reason
- 8.A Woman's Love
- 9.Dancin' All Around It
HIGH MILEAGE is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files and access to the internet.
Personnel includes: Alan Jackson (vocals); Steve Dorff (conductor); Tom Rutledge (acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro); Bruce Watkins (acoustic guitar); J.T. Corenflos, Danny Groah, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Robbie Flint (guitar, steel guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Bruce Dukov, Jenny Bellusci, Berj Garabedian (violin); Larry Franklin, Mark "Hoghead" McClurg (fiddle); Brian Dembow, Bob Becker, Keith Greene, Janet Lakatos (viola); Dennis Karmazyn, Bob Adcock, Vage Ayrikyan, Jodi Burnett (cello); Monty Parkey, Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano, keyboards); Roger Wills, Glenn Worf, John Kelton (bass); Bruce Rutherford (drums, congas); Eddie Bayers (drums); John Wesley Ryles (background vocals).
Principally recorded at The Castle Recording Studios, Franklin, Tennessee; Ocean Way, Nashville, Tennessee; Compass Point Studio, Nassau, Bahamas.
Alan Jackson delivers what his fans expect here--well-written songs and outstanding vocals--plus a bit more. The main topic is love, but Jackson's treatment of the theme is far ranging. In the jaunty album opener, "She's Right On the Money," a smitten man has nothing but the highest praise for his girl: "She's a three point jump shot that's nothin' but net." "Gone Crazy," one of five Jackson-penned songs on the CD, paints a picture of a man losing his mind after a breakup.
The lovely "What A Day Yesterday Was" celebrates a longtime relationship, while "Dancin' All Around It" captures the nervous excitement of a new romance. The most startling track, though, is "I'll Go On Loving You," which resurrects that old country tradition: the recitation. Love or hate it, it'll make you sit up and take notice. For comic relief there's "Another Good Reason," the tale of a boozer terrified he's going to "end up like old Hank." "Little Man" is a true standout--another Jackson composition about the fate of the small businessman in today's America. It's a neat piece of social commentary, proving that when it comes to song ideas, Jackson still hasn't run out of gas.