This is subtitled "A collection of his greatest country hits from a bluegrass perspective" -- simple, but accurate. The problem with The High Notes
is simple, too: this collection is simply too similar to its source material. There's always been a strong traditionalist vein running through Skaggs
' work, even during his time as the biggest name in country in the mid-'80s (of the 12 songs here, nine were originally number one singles), so converting classics such as "Crying My Heart Out Over You" and "Country Boy" to bluegrass isn't exactly a stretch. Even "Heartbroke," which in its original form features a very mid-'80s compressed snare drum, doesn't sound like a distant cousin with a bluegrass tilt -- more like a close brother. If you're a fan of Skaggs
' catalog, or of bluegrass (though to be fair, some of these retakes are just more acoustic than strictly bluegrass), you'll likely enjoy what's here, but this one's really only for completists.