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Merle Haggard: Down Every Road

Track List

>Skid Row
>Sing a Sad Song
>You Don't Even Try
>Sam Hill
>(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers
>Just Between the Two of Us
>If I Had Left It Up to You
>I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can
>Swinging Doors
>Bottle Let Me Down, The
>High on a Hilltop
>I'll Look Over You
>Fugitive, The
>House of Memories
>All of Me Belongs to You
>Mary's Fine
>Someone Told My Story
>Go Home
>Whatever Happened to Me
>Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive
>I Threw Away the Rose
>Branded Man
>You Don't Have Very Far to Go
>Somewhere Between
>Sing Me Back Home
>Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp, The
>Seeing Eye Dog
>Legend of Bonnie and Clyde, The
>I Started Loving You Again
>Is This the Beginning of the End?
>I'll Always Know
>Mama Tried
>In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
>Teach Me to Forget
>I'm Looking for My Mind
>Day the Rains Came, The
>California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)
>I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am
>I'm Bringin' Home Good News
>I Can't Hold Myself in Line
>It Meant Goodbye to Me When You Said Hello to Him
>Hungry Eyes
>Silver Wings
>Waitin' for a Train
>Jimmie
>Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel (The Women Make a Fool Out of Me)
>California Cottonfields
>White Line Fever
>Workin' Man Blues
>Okie From Muskogee
>I Can't Stop Loving You
>Huntsville
>Irma Jackson
>Fightin' Side of Me, The
>I'll Be a Hero (When I Strike)
>Right or Wrong
>Trouble in Mind
>Stay a Little Longer
>Farmer's Daughter, The
>Tulare Dust
>Carolyn
>Someday We'll Look Back
>Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)
>Grandma Harp
>It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
>I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me
>If We Make It Through December
>Emptiest Arms in the World, The
>Everybody's Had the Blues [Live Rehearsal]
>Things Aren't Funny Anymore
>Honky Tonk Night Time Man
>Holding Things Together
>Here in Frisco
>Kentucky Gambler
>Always Wanting You
>Living With the Shades Pulled Down
>Running Kind
>It's All in the Movies
>Way It Was in '51, The
>I Never Go Around Mirrors
>What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
>If We're Not Back in Love by Monday
>Ramblin' Fever
>It's Been a Great Afternoon
>Red Bandana
>Footlights
>My Own Kind of Hat
>Misery and Gin
>Leonard
>I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink
>Rainbow Stew
>Big City
>Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)
>You Take Me for Granted
>Pancho and Lefty
>That's the Way Love Goes
>Someday When Things Are Good,
>Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room
>Kern River
>Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star
>In My Next Life

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (5/2/96, p.54) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...offers the wide-angle view that the singer has long deserved...a rich portrait of one of America's most important and often misunderstood musical figures..."

Entertainment Weekly (4/5/96, p.81) - "...Not even his hero Lefty Frizzell produced a body of work this influential or satisfying." - Rating: A

Album Notes

DOWN EVERY ROAD covers Merle Haggard's entire career, culling material from the vaults of Capitol, MCA, Curb and Sony Records.

Personnel includes: Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson.

Recorded between 1962 and 1994. Includes liner notes by Daniel Cooper.

Country music has had a long and proud tradition of outlaws and hard men, but Merle Haggard is in a class by himself. A singer-songwriter regularly capable of heartbreaking emotional honesty, Haggard has also maintained an aura of danger, as if he'd be just as happy to punch your face in as to buy you a beer. The essential four-disc box set, DOWN EVERY ROAD 1962-1994, is a perfect overview of both sides of Hag's personality. Its 100 songs are spread over four solid discs, without an ounce of fat. Signature tunes like "Mama Tried" and the perpetually misunderstood "Okie From Muskogee" (a much more sardonic song than its reputation suggests) sit next to equally fine but lesser-known material from Haggard's later career, when the urban cowboy scene and the rock-oriented dilution of modern country music had unfairly turned him into a niche artist. EMI wisely licensed material from all of Haggard's various labels, making this the only truly comprehensive box set of the Bakersfield legend's work.



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