Entertainment Weekly - 8/16/96, p.63
"...he still packs a three-minute performance with enough surprises, enough effortless virtuosity, to make you shake your head, amazed again." - Rating: B+
Q - 11/96, p.1263 Stars
- Good - "...he can still turn his hand to the real art of tear-jerkin' country balladeering..."
Musician - 11/96, p.94
"...Jones returns to true crying-in-his-beer form on this outing....unmatched delivery and tonality."
Personnel: George Jones (vocals); Don Potter (acoustic guitar); Pete Wade, Danny Parks (electric guitar); John Hughey (steel guitar); Harold Bradley (tic tac); Paul Franklin (dobro); Glen Duncan (fiddle); Terry McMillan (harmonica); Gary Gazaway (trumpet); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Rodger Morris, Mike Lawler (keyboards); Roy Husky, Jr. (acoustic bass); Paul Leim (drums); Farrell Morris (percussion); Jim Chapman, Marabeth Jordan, Jana King, Millie Kirkham, Larry Marrs, Louis Nunley, Julie Reeves, Curtis Young, Dennis wilson, Bergen White (background vocals).
Recorded at Javelina Studio, Music Mill, Woodland Studios and Groucho Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by George Jones.
Personnel: George Jones (vocals, guitar); Don Potter (acoustic guitar); Pete Wade, Danny Parks (electric guitar); John Hughey (steel guitar); Paul Franklin (dobro, fiddle); Glen Duncan (fiddle); Terry McMillan (harmonica); Gary Buho Gazaway (trumpet); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Mike Lawler, Rodger Morris (keyboards); Roy M. "Junior" Husky (upright bass); Paul Leim (drums); Farrell Morris (percussion); Larry Marrs, Curtis Young, Jana King, Jim Chapman, Julie Reeves, Marabeth Jordan, Bergen White, Louis Dean Nunley, Millie Kirkham, Dennis Wilson (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Brian Tankersley.
Recording information: Groucho Studio, Nashville, TN; Javelina Studio, Nashville, TN; Music Mill, Nashville, TN; Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Peter Nash .
Unknown Contributor Role: Harold Bradley.
This album coincided with the release of Jones's tell-all autobiography of the same title. Consequently, it serves as a musical look back at the high and low times of Jones's notoriously colorful life and career. Fortunately, that also means the sound is closer to his classic '60s material than his earlier, more beefed-up '90s productions. The opener "Honky Tonk Song" is based on an infamous, true tale of drunken debauchery from Jones's past, and musically, it lives up to its title.
Much of the other material here follows suit; there are plenty of drinking songs in the time-tested Jones tradition, and finely written ones at that--Dean Dillon and Larry Butler's "Back Down to Hung Up on You" favorably recalls the '70s work of Billy Joe Shaver. When things get raucous, as on "Billy B. Bad," Jones shows that the occasional rockabilly shadings of his early work are still present in his musical world. I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL is a return to form, and is the '90s Jones album to get.