Product Description & Reviews
(6-CD LP-sized boxed set with 120-page hardcover book) Merle Haggard was a groundbreaking artist in many ways. He was one of the first country artists to see the LP as more than one hit and some filler songs. After his initial success, he devoted a lot of time and creative energy to 'concepts' that interested him, including live albums, tribute albums, gospel albums, and The Strangers' instrumental albums. The third and final box set in Bear Family's documentation of Merle Haggard's Capitol recordings includes all of these 'concepts.' This is some of the finest music from Merle Haggard's 45 year career. Fans and critics agree on that. The box includes the Jimmie Rodgers tribute double album from 1968 and the Bob Wills tribute album from 1970 for which Haggard reunited many of Wills' original Texas Playboys. There are three exciting live albums, including one of the best selling country albums of all time, Okie From Muskogee - Live In Muskogee, Oklahoma. There is the ambitious Land Of Many Churches gospel project, for which Haggard recorded revival-style gospel music in backwoods Baptist churches, San Quentin, a Nashville rescue mission and a California Pentecostal church. The set also includes the complete Strangers instrumental output...all of the songs from their five 'solo' albums plus many unreleased surprises, featuring knockout playing from Roy Nichols on guitar and Norm Hamlet on steel guitar.This set captures an artist using his success to take his art in new directions. This is the real Merle Haggard: traditionalist, iconoclast, but above all musician.
Features & Highlights
|Item Weight:||0.22 pounds|
|Item Size:||12.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches|
|Package Weight:||4.35 pounds|
|Package Size:||12.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches|
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