Product Description & Reviews
A 4-CD, 100-track set that not only covers the classic '60s Capitol years, but also his 1977-1994 MCA, Curb and Epic sides as well as his '70s Capitol recordings! A full 55 of Merle's biggest singles are here, from The Fugitive through Okie from Muskogee; If We Make It Through December, and Pancho and Lefty . Along the way there's early Tally tracks, three unissued cuts and a host of tracks from Merle's long-out-of-print Capitol LPs. Merle's had an amazing career, and this set just about covers it. For a long time, Merle Haggard has been best known for his least-important music--"Okie from Muskogee" and its sequels, "The Fighting Side of Me" and "Are the Good Times Really Over." All three of these patriotic novelty songs are included on this four-CD box set, but they are dwarfed by the riches around them. Songs such as "Running Kind," "If We Make it Through December," and "I Started Loving You Again" eschew sloganeering to draw powerful portraits of working-class folks pulled in one direction by a longing for footloose freedom and in another by economic realities and emotional ties. The catchy directness, the poetic vernacular, and Haggard's baritone purr mark those numbers as examples of country music at its finest. Down Every Road is as crucial as Robert Johnson's Complete Recordings, Hank Williams' Original Singles Collection ... Plus, or Bob Dylan's Biograph. --Geoffrey Himes
Features & Highlights
|Item Weight:||1.65 pounds|
|Item Size:||6.1 x 1.6 x 1.6 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.7 pounds|
|Package Size:||6.3 x 1.4 x 1.4 inches|
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