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Merle Haggard: Swinging Doors: Hits Collection

Track List

>Okie from Muskogee
>Sing Me Back Home
>Workin' Man Blues
>Always Wanting You
>Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)
>Silver Wings
>Fightin' Side of Me
>It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
>If We Make It Through December
>I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink
>Everybody's Had the Blues
>Things Aren't Funny Anymore
>Holding Things Together
>I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am
>It's All In the Movies
>I Threw Away the Rose
>Bottle Let Me Down, The
>It's Been a Great Afternoon
>Branded Man
>Emptiest Arms in the World, The
>Mama Tried
>Roots of My Raising
>Old Man from the Mountain
>Mama's Hungry Eyes
>Legend of Bonnie and Clyde
>Some Day We'll Look Back
>Ramblin' Fever
>Today I Started Loving You Again
>Swinging Doors
>From Graceland to the Promised Land
>Turnin' Off a Memory

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Chuck Young.

2012's Swinging Doors: Hits Collection does indeed have two discs of hits but they're not the original versions -- they're all re-recordings done at an indeterminate time but sounding relatively concurrent with the album's release. Haggard's voice is a little ragged but the band is sharp, so as re-recordings go, this isn't bad; no reinventions, just sturdy run-throughs of tunes the Strangers know by heart. It's fun, particularly if it's not seen as a collection of original recordings. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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