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Merle Haggard: The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

4-CD box set (LP-format) with 68-page hardcover book, 111 tracks, total playing time approx. 6 hrs 38 mns.

Merle Haggard's overlooked and underappreciated MCA recordings capture the great country singer-songwriter reemerging from his mid-career crossroads. 111 tracks spanning from 1976 to 1981, covering eight LPs plus the 'lost' album later sold to CBS. Four unissued songs, including the recently discovered original recording of Troubadour. Three songs never on album, including The Bull And The Beaver, his #8 country duet with Leona Williams. Both hit singles from the 'Bronco Billy' soundtrack, including Misery And Gin and Merle Haggard's chart-topping duet with Clint Eastwood, Bar Room Buddies. Lavish 68-page hardcover book with rare photos and an extensive essay covering Merle Haggard's MCA years.

His celebrated, career-defining 11-year run with Capitol Records behind him, Merle Haggard was in a creative lull and pondering retirement when he signed with MCA. But after taking a six-month hiatus from performing, a refreshed and newly confident Merle Haggard triumphantly returned to the footlights and the recording studios. His singing voice now mellowed into a comfortable baritone, and his newly retooled lineup of the Strangers could effortlessly shift from country to swing to down-home blues without hesitation. More importantly, an inspired Haggard began writing great songs again.

This 4-CD collection gathers every existing master that Haggard recorded for MCA Records between 1976 and 1981. Among the highlights: My Farewell To Elvis, Merle Haggard's heartfelt tribute to his musical contemporary Elvis Presley. 'Serving 190 Proof,' the critically acclaimed, semi-autobiographical 1979 album that signaled Haggard's future musical direction. 'Back To The Barrooms,' the 1980 Jimmy Bowen-produced classic that yielded Haggard's chart-topping single I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink and Leonard, his homage to a troubled friend, country stylist Tommy Collins.'Rainbow Stew,' a breathtaking October 1980 live set performed at Anaheim Stadium in front of more than 30,000 cheering fans, and 'Songs For The Mama That Tried,' an affectionate 1981 album of country gospel songs dedicated to his elderly mother.

The set also includes 'It's All In The Game' and unreleased MCA material that CBS later acquired and parceled out among three Epic albums.

Many great songs are associated with Haggard's MCA years, and they're all here: Ramblin' Fever, From Graceland To The Promised Land, I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall, It's Been A Great Afternoon,
Red Bandana, Footlights, and My Own Kind Of Hat.

Produced with the singer's cooperation, 'Troubadour' includes a lavishly illustrated, full-sized book featuring Dave Samuelson's essay on the MCA era and a master sessionography.

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Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01The TroubadourMerle Haggard
02I Think It's Gone ForeverMerle Haggard
03If We're Not Back In Love By Monday (unissuedMerle Haggard
04Ramblin' FeverMerle Haggard
05When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold AgainMerle Haggard
06Ghost StoryMerle Haggard
07Set Me FreeMerle Haggard
08Love Somebody To DeathMerle Haggard
09Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride At AllMerle Haggard
10My Love For YouMerle Haggard
11The Last LetterMerle Haggard
12From Graceland To Promised LandMerle Haggard
13Blue ChristmasMerle Haggard
14Are You Lonesome TonightMerle Haggard
15In The GhettoMerle Haggard
16Don't Be CruelMerle Haggard
17Jailhouse RockMerle Haggard
18Love Me TenderMerle Haggard
19That's All Right (Mama)Merle Haggard
20Heartbreak HotelMerle Haggard
21Blue Suede ShoesMerle Haggard
22Merle's Farewell To ElvisMerle Haggard
23I'm Always On A Mountain When I FallMerle Haggard
24Life Of A Rodeo CowboyMerle Haggard
25It's Been A Great AfternoonMerle Haggard
26Love Me When You CanMerle Haggard
27There Won't Be Another NowMerle Haggard
28Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)Merle Haggard
29There Ain't No Good Chain GangMerle Haggard
30The DreamMerle Haggard
31The ImmigrantMerle Haggard
32Mama I've Got To Go To MemphisMerle Haggard
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01The Bull And The BeaverMerle Haggard
02I'm Getting' HighMerle Haggard
03Red BandanaMerle Haggard
04DriftwoodMerle Haggard
05Sing A Family SongMerle Haggard
06FootlightsMerle Haggard
07Got Lonely Too Early This MorningMerle Haggard
08Heaven Was A Drink Of WineMerle Haggard
09I Can't Get AwayMerle Haggard
10My Own Kind Of HatMerle Haggard
11I Didn't Mean To Love YouMerle Haggard
12Roses In The WinterMerle Haggard
13I Must Done Something BadMerle Haggard
14The Way I AmMerle Haggard
15Wake UpMerle Haggard
16Sky-BoMerle Haggard
17No One To Sing For (But The Band)Merle Haggard
18Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You)Merle Haggard
19Life's Just Not The Way It Used To BeMerle Haggard
20Where Have You BeenMerle Haggard
21Take Me Back And Try Me One More TimeMerle Haggard
22I'll Always Be Glad To Take You BackMerle Haggard
23It Makes No Difference NowMerle Haggard
24It's Been So Long Darlin'Merle Haggard
25Misery And Gin (from the original soundtrackMerle Haggard
26Barroom BuddiesMerle Haggard
27You BabeMerle Haggard
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01My Life's Been GrandMerle Haggard
02Tell Me Something Bad About TulsaMerle Haggard
03Love Keeps Hanging OnMerle Haggard
04All In The GameMerle Haggard
05Why Can't I CryMerle Haggard
06BleachersMerle Haggard
07Love Don't Hurt EverythingMerle Haggard
08SusieMerle Haggard
09Pennies From HeavenMerle Haggard
10Make-Up And Faded Blue JeansMerle Haggard
11Ever Changing WomanMerle Haggard
12Help Save The Wild LifeMerle Haggard
13LeonardMerle Haggard
14I Don't Want To Sober Up TonightMerle Haggard
15Dealing With The DevilMerle Haggard
16Can't Break The HabitMerle Haggard
17Lay Your Hands On My HeartMerle Haggard
18Back To The Barrooms AgainMerle Haggard
19Our Paths May Never CrossMerle Haggard
20(I Don't Have) Any More Love SongsMerle Haggard
21I Think I'll Just Stay Here And DrinkMerle Haggard
22I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight (outtake)Merle Haggard
23New Cocaine BluesMerle Haggard
24Easy Come, Easy GoMerle Haggard
25Easy Come, Easy Go (alt)Merle Haggard
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01When God Comes And Gather His JewelsMerle Haggard
02SuppertimeMerle Haggard
03He Walks With MeMerle Haggard
04Softly And TenderlyMerle Haggard
05Why MeMerle Haggard
06Where No One Stands AloneMerle Haggard
07One Day At A TimeMerle Haggard
08What A Friend We Have In JesusMerle Haggard
09Swing Low Sweet ChariotMerle Haggard
10The Old Rugged CrossMerle Haggard
11Keep On The Sunny SideMerle Haggard
12The Fightin' Side Of MeMerle Haggard
13If We Make It Through DecemberMerle Haggard
14Misery And Gin (live)Merle Haggard
15I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink (live)Merle Haggard
16Back To The Barrooms Again (live)Merle Haggard
17Our Paths May Never Cross (live)Merle Haggard
18Medley: The Running Kind / I'm A Lonesome FugMerle Haggard
19Rainbow Stew (live)Merle Haggard
20Blue Yodel 9 (live)Merle Haggard
21Dealing With The Devil (live)Merle Haggard
22Fiddle Breakdown (live)Merle Haggard
23Sing Me Back Home (live)Merle Haggard
24Pearl BeerMerle Haggard
25The Man In The MaskMerle Haggard
26The Legends BeginsMerle Haggard
27The Breaking Of SilverMerle Haggard
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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Eine weitere grandiose Box für alle Fans von Merle Haggard. Vier herrlich zusammengestellte CDs und dazu ein Bildband mit vielen interessanten Fakten und Bildern. Besser geht es nicht!!! Dankeschön!

Eine weitere grandiose Box für alle Fans von Merle Haggard. Vier herrlich zusammengestellte CDs und dazu ein Bildband mit vielen interessanten Fakten und Bildern. Besser geht es nicht!!! Dankeschön!

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Classic Hag! Essential and invaluable - go buy!
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Ein wunderbar bebildertes, LP-großes Hardcoverbuch liefert Dave Samuelsons Essay zur MCD-Ära, bekannt ausführlich und detailliert die Discogrphie von Bear Family-Chef Richard Weize.
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Tracklist
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 The Troubadour
02 I Think It's Gone Forever
03 If We're Not Back In Love By Monday (unissued
04 Ramblin' Fever
05 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
06 Ghost Story
07 Set Me Free
08 Love Somebody To Death
09 Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride At All
10 My Love For You
11 The Last Letter
12 From Graceland To Promised Land
13 Blue Christmas
14 Are You Lonesome Tonight
15 In The Ghetto
16 Don't Be Cruel
17 Jailhouse Rock
18 Love Me Tender
19 That's All Right (Mama)
20 Heartbreak Hotel
21 Blue Suede Shoes
22 Merle's Farewell To Elvis
23 I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
24 Life Of A Rodeo Cowboy
25 It's Been A Great Afternoon
26 Love Me When You Can
27 There Won't Be Another Now
28 Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
29 There Ain't No Good Chain Gang
30 The Dream
31 The Immigrant
32 Mama I've Got To Go To Memphis
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 The Bull And The Beaver
02 I'm Getting' High
03 Red Bandana
04 Driftwood
05 Sing A Family Song
06 Footlights
07 Got Lonely Too Early This Morning
08 Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine
09 I Can't Get Away
10 My Own Kind Of Hat
11 I Didn't Mean To Love You
12 Roses In The Winter
13 I Must Done Something Bad
14 The Way I Am
15 Wake Up
16 Sky-Bo
17 No One To Sing For (But The Band)
18 Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You)
19 Life's Just Not The Way It Used To Be
20 Where Have You Been
21 Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time
22 I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back
23 It Makes No Difference Now
24 It's Been So Long Darlin'
25 Misery And Gin (from the original soundtrack
26 Barroom Buddies
27 You Babe
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 My Life's Been Grand
02 Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa
03 Love Keeps Hanging On
04 All In The Game
05 Why Can't I Cry
06 Bleachers
07 Love Don't Hurt Everything
08 Susie
09 Pennies From Heaven
10 Make-Up And Faded Blue Jeans
11 Ever Changing Woman
12 Help Save The Wild Life
13 Leonard
14 I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight
15 Dealing With The Devil
16 Can't Break The Habit
17 Lay Your Hands On My Heart
18 Back To The Barrooms Again
19 Our Paths May Never Cross
20 (I Don't Have) Any More Love Songs
21 I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
22 I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight (outtake)
23 New Cocaine Blues
24 Easy Come, Easy Go
25 Easy Come, Easy Go (alt)
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 When God Comes And Gather His Jewels
02 Suppertime
03 He Walks With Me
04 Softly And Tenderly
05 Why Me
06 Where No One Stands Alone
07 One Day At A Time
08 What A Friend We Have In Jesus
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11 Keep On The Sunny Side
12 The Fightin' Side Of Me
13 If We Make It Through December
14 Misery And Gin (live)
15 I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink (live)
16 Back To The Barrooms Again (live)
17 Our Paths May Never Cross (live)
18 Medley: The Running Kind / I'm A Lonesome Fug
19 Rainbow Stew (live)
20 Blue Yodel 9 (live)
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22 Fiddle Breakdown (live)
23 Sing Me Back Home (live)
24 Pearl Beer
25 The Man In The Mask
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27 The Breaking Of Silver