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Merle Haggard: From The King To The Barrooms (CD)

(Hump Head) 24 tracks (73:00) with 16 page booklet including all lyrics.
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From The King To The Barroooms brings together some of Merle Haggard's best loved songs, together with a selection of his Elvis covers. This compilation includes recordings Merle made for MCA between
1977 and 1981 when he chalked up no less than eleven country top tens for MCA, all included here! Whether sounding wearied or overjoyed, reflective, annoyed or animated, Merle Haggard’s writing and
vocals embody the essence of country music at its best.  
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There is perhaps no greater living legend of American folklore in the way he's chronicled the lives of Americans than Merle Haggard. He is the only touch point to the sturm and twang of crying in your beer, whether that beer is deep in the heart of Texas, Muskogee, Oklahoma, New York City or London. His music runs from classic country, folk, gospel, ballads, blues and tender love songs to social commentary, protest, even anti-protest. To list his accolades would only dilute a career that has been built on bare-knuckle live performances and raw recordings like those included on this compilation of recordings he made for MCA between 1977 and 1981. There has long been a mis-apprehension that his MCA output never matched the classics lie recorded for Capitol in the 1960s. Though those earlier songs like Swinging Doors, Sing Me Back Home, Workin' Man Blues, Okie From Muskogee and The Bottle Let Me Down are justifiably the rock on which the Haggard legend has been built, he did chalk up no less than eleven country top tens for MCA, all included here.

They showcased Hag's workingman's anthems and hard-edged country sagas infused with sizeable doses of blues influence. Whether sounding wearied or overjoyed, reflective, annoyed or animated, Merle Haggard's writing and vocals embody the essence of country music at its best. He wrote eloquently about men caught between their desires for the ideal home and family and their compulsive rarnbling„ drinking, womanising and law-breaking. This comes through on such well-constructed songs as rrn Always on a Mountain When I Fall, I Think I'll Stay Here and Drink, I Don't Want to Sober up Tonight, Ramblin. Fever and My Own Kind of Hat just five gems included here.

He also pays tribute to Elvis Presley with the incisive From Graceland to the Promised Land released just a few weeks after the King passed away back in 1977. At the time Merle had been working on an
album of Presley classics done in his own inimitable style. This was rushed out very quickly, and though many criticised it as something of a 'cash-in', you can tell when listening to his distinctive renditions of
Blue Suede Shoes, That's All Right and Love Me Tender that this was a heartfelt tribute to a musical idol by a genuine fan.

Merle Haggard is one of the most imitated and admired artists in country music - the living, breathing link between Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Brad Paisley. He has also written dozens of standards that have been performed by artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Dean Martin, Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, the Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton and Gram Parsons.His influence on performers outside of the country mainstream has often been overlooked, or just ' simply ignored, yet there is no doubt that his songs and singing style has made a big impact outside of the tight confines of country music. As a commentator on the human condition, he has few peers; as a country singer, he is pretty near perfect He breathes an anchoring sense of reality into lyrics that aim to be spiritually poetic. It is his heartfelt exploration of life's complexities that makes his music so heartfelt, moving and thoroughly embracing. (Alan Cackett)

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  • Interpret: Merle Haggard

  • Album titlle: From The King To The Barrooms (CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Year of publication 2008
  • Label Hump Head Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5060001272559

  • weight in Kg 0.11
Haggard, Merle - From The King To The Barrooms (CD) CD 1
01 Misery And Gin
02 I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
03 Back To The Barrooms Again
04 I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight
05 Leonard
06 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
07 Make-Up And Faded Blue Jeans
08 Love Me Tender
09 Are You Lonesome Tonight?
10 My Own Kind Of Hat
11 Red Bandana
12 Blue Suede Shoes
13 Footlights
14 Don't Be Cruel
15 If We're Not Back In Love By Monday
16 Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time
17 I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back
18 That's All Right
19 It's Been A Great Afternoon
20 Ramblin' Fever
21 It Makes No Difference Now
22 I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
23 Rainbow Stew
24 From Graceland To The Promised Land
Merle Haggard Sing a Sad Song: Saying Goodbye to Merle Haggard by Scott B. Bomar... more
"Merle Haggard"

Merle Haggard

Sing a Sad Song:

Saying Goodbye to Merle Haggard


by Scott B. Bomar

Merle Haggard, an icon of American music, died at his home in California on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. It was the singer, songwriter, and musician’s 79th birthday. In 2008 he battled lung cancer, and was hospitalized in December 2015 with double pneumonia. Haggard returned to the stage soon after, but was sidelined again in February due to continuing health concerns. “A week ago Dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday,” Merle’s son and lead guitarist, Ben, revealed the day his father died, “and he wasn’t wrong.”

Merle Ronald Haggard was born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California. Following his father’s death in 1945, Merle grew restless and rebellious. Several brushes with the law ultimately landed him in San Quentin prison in 1958. Following his release in 1960, Merle returned to Bakersfield, where he worked at manual labor jobs during the day. In the evenings he paid his dues in the same local honky tonks that sculpted the early career of fellow Bakersfield Sound pioneer Buck Owens.

Merle eventually signed with Bakersfield’s tiny Tally label, releasing a handful of singles before signing with Capitol Records in 1965. During his decade-long stint with Capitol, Haggard scored more than two dozen #1 country hits, including “Branded Man,” “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “If We Make it Through December,” and “The Roots of My Raising.” Subsequent stints with the MCA and Epic labels yielded additional #1 hits, including “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” “My Favorite Memory,” “Big City,” and “Going Where the Lonely Go.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and continued to record for various labels, releasing his final studio album, Working in Tennessee, in 2011.

The celebrated “poet of the common man” frequently explored themes of restlessness, determination, stubborn individuality, responsibility, hard work, and a longing for personal freedom. His gift for capturing the spirit and struggles of the working class earned him a reputation as one of the great American songwriters in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Beyond his mastery of lyrics and melody, Haggard was an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and nuanced vocalist who set a new bar in country music for both twangy barn-burners and tender jazz-tinged ballads. “He wasn’t just a country singer,” son Ben added. “He was the best country singer that ever lived.”

Haggard reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Singles chart more than 70 times between 1966 and 1989. Nearly 40 of those songs climbed all the way to the #1 spot. Beyond the hits, Haggard released 54 studio albums as a solo act, 10 collaborative albums with other artists, 11 live releases, and 5 additional studio albums spotlighting his legendary band, the Strangers. He won more than two dozen awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, as well as three Grammy awards. Haggard was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2010, was honored by the prestigious Kennedy Center for “outstanding contribution to American culture.”

“I want to die along the highway” Haggard sang in his 1977 hit “Ramblin’ Fever.” The legendary road warrior almost pulled it off. “It’s what keeps me alive and it’s what fucks up my life,” Merle said of touring in a 2016 interview with Matt Hendrickson. Although he had little interest in the trappings of celebrity, Haggard loved to sing and play. Bringing his music to his fans fueled him to the very end. His passing marks not only the end of a remarkable career, but the death of an icon who ranks with Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, and John Lennon as a musical force who forever changed the face of music.              

 

 

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Haggard, Merle - From The King To The Barrooms (CD) CD 1
01 Misery And Gin
02 I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
03 Back To The Barrooms Again
04 I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight
05 Leonard
06 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
07 Make-Up And Faded Blue Jeans
08 Love Me Tender
09 Are You Lonesome Tonight?
10 My Own Kind Of Hat
11 Red Bandana
12 Blue Suede Shoes
13 Footlights
14 Don't Be Cruel
15 If We're Not Back In Love By Monday
16 Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time
17 I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back
18 That's All Right
19 It's Been A Great Afternoon
20 Ramblin' Fever
21 It Makes No Difference Now
22 I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
23 Rainbow Stew
24 From Graceland To The Promised Land