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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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  • Interpret: Merle Haggard

  • Album titlle: The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Year of publication 2012
  • Price code DK
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Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 The Troubadour Merle Haggard
02 I Think It's Gone Forever Merle Haggard
03 If We're Not Back In Love By Monday (unissued Merle Haggard
04 Ramblin' Fever Merle Haggard
05 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again Merle Haggard
06 Ghost Story Merle Haggard
07 Set Me Free Merle Haggard
08 Love Somebody To Death Merle Haggard
09 Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride At All Merle Haggard
10 My Love For You Merle Haggard
11 The Last Letter Merle Haggard
12 From Graceland To Promised Land Merle Haggard
13 Blue Christmas Merle Haggard
14 Are You Lonesome Tonight Merle Haggard
15 In The Ghetto Merle Haggard
16 Don't Be Cruel Merle Haggard
17 Jailhouse Rock Merle Haggard
18 Love Me Tender Merle Haggard
19 That's All Right (Mama) Merle Haggard
20 Heartbreak Hotel Merle Haggard
21 Blue Suede Shoes Merle Haggard
22 Merle's Farewell To Elvis Merle Haggard
23 I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall Merle Haggard
24 Life Of A Rodeo Cowboy Merle Haggard
25 It's Been A Great Afternoon Merle Haggard
26 Love Me When You Can Merle Haggard
27 There Won't Be Another Now Merle Haggard
28 Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) Merle Haggard
29 There Ain't No Good Chain Gang Merle Haggard
30 The Dream Merle Haggard
31 The Immigrant Merle Haggard
32 Mama I've Got To Go To Memphis Merle Haggard
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 The Bull And The Beaver Merle Haggard
02 I'm Getting' High Merle Haggard
03 Red Bandana Merle Haggard
04 Driftwood Merle Haggard
05 Sing A Family Song Merle Haggard
06 Footlights Merle Haggard
07 Got Lonely Too Early This Morning Merle Haggard
08 Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine Merle Haggard
09 I Can't Get Away Merle Haggard
10 My Own Kind Of Hat Merle Haggard
11 I Didn't Mean To Love You Merle Haggard
12 Roses In The Winter Merle Haggard
13 I Must Done Something Bad Merle Haggard
14 The Way I Am Merle Haggard
15 Wake Up Merle Haggard
16 Sky-Bo Merle Haggard
17 No One To Sing For (But The Band) Merle Haggard
18 Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You) Merle Haggard
19 Life's Just Not The Way It Used To Be Merle Haggard
20 Where Have You Been Merle Haggard
21 Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time Merle Haggard
22 I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back Merle Haggard
23 It Makes No Difference Now Merle Haggard
24 It's Been So Long Darlin' Merle Haggard
25 Misery And Gin (from the original soundtrack Merle Haggard
26 Barroom Buddies Merle Haggard
27 You Babe Merle Haggard
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 My Life's Been Grand Merle Haggard
02 Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa Merle Haggard
03 Love Keeps Hanging On Merle Haggard
04 All In The Game Merle Haggard
05 Why Can't I Cry Merle Haggard
06 Bleachers Merle Haggard
07 Love Don't Hurt Everything Merle Haggard
08 Susie Merle Haggard
09 Pennies From Heaven Merle Haggard
10 Make-Up And Faded Blue Jeans Merle Haggard
11 Ever Changing Woman Merle Haggard
12 Help Save The Wild Life Merle Haggard
13 Leonard Merle Haggard
14 I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight Merle Haggard
15 Dealing With The Devil Merle Haggard
16 Can't Break The Habit Merle Haggard
17 Lay Your Hands On My Heart Merle Haggard
18 Back To The Barrooms Again Merle Haggard
19 Our Paths May Never Cross Merle Haggard
20 (I Don't Have) Any More Love Songs Merle Haggard
21 I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink Merle Haggard
22 I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight (outtake) Merle Haggard
23 New Cocaine Blues Merle Haggard
24 Easy Come, Easy Go Merle Haggard
25 Easy Come, Easy Go (alt) Merle Haggard
Haggard, Merle - The Troubadour (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 When God Comes And Gather His Jewels Merle Haggard
02 Suppertime Merle Haggard
03 He Walks With Me Merle Haggard
04 Softly And Tenderly Merle Haggard
05 Why Me Merle Haggard
06 Where No One Stands Alone Merle Haggard
07 One Day At A Time Merle Haggard
08 What A Friend We Have In Jesus Merle Haggard
09 Swing Low Sweet Chariot Merle Haggard
10 The Old Rugged Cross Merle Haggard
11 Keep On The Sunny Side Merle Haggard
12 The Fightin' Side Of Me Merle Haggard
13 If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard
14 Misery And Gin (live) Merle Haggard
15 I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink (live) Merle Haggard
16 Back To The Barrooms Again (live) Merle Haggard
17 Our Paths May Never Cross (live) Merle Haggard
18 Medley: The Running Kind / I'm A Lonesome Fug Merle Haggard
19 Rainbow Stew (live) Merle Haggard
20 Blue Yodel 9 (live) Merle Haggard
21 Dealing With The Devil (live) Merle Haggard
22 Fiddle Breakdown (live) Merle Haggard
23 Sing Me Back Home (live) Merle Haggard
24 Pearl Beer Merle Haggard
25 The Man In The Mask Merle Haggard
26 The Legends Begins Merle Haggard
27 The Breaking Of Silver Merle 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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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
09 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
10 The Old Rugged Cross
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)
21 Dealing With The Devil (live)
22 Fiddle Breakdown (live)
23 Sing Me Back Home (live)
24 Pearl Beer
25 The Man In The Mask
26 The Legends Begins
27 The Breaking Of Silver