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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With a title like 40 #1 Hits, it's easy to assume that the collection will contain nothing but number one hits, whether it's from the Billboard charts or Cash Box, and it's also easy to assume that it would contain all of an artist's number one hits. In the case of Merle Haggard's double-disc 2004 collection, neither is true. Using just the Billboard charts as a guide -- which is an assumption, since the liner notes do not specify which charts are used, but Billboard is the standard-bearer -- singles like "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall" and "If We're Not Back in Love by Monday" did not top the charts, and singles like "What Have You Got Planned Tonight ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With a title like 40 #1 Hits, it's easy to assume that the collection will contain nothing but number one hits, whether it's from the Billboard charts or Cash Box, and it's also easy to assume that it would contain all of an artist's number one hits. In the case of Merle Haggard's double-disc 2004 collection, neither is true. Using just the Billboard charts as a guide -- which is an assumption, since the liner notes do not specify which charts are used, but Billboard is the standard-bearer -- singles like "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall" and "If We're Not Back in Love by Monday" did not top the charts, and singles like "What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana" that did reach number one are absent. Still, these are exceptions to the number one rule, three of only a handful on this collection. Besides, quibbling about whether tracks reached number one or not doesn't matter to the average audience, who will view 40 #1 Hits as an excellent cross section of Hag's biggest and best material, and the only compilation outside of the classic Down Every Road box set to draw from his three main record labels: Capitol, MCA, and Epic. Not all the great songs are here, but nearly every song here is great, from 1967's "Branded Man" to 1988's "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star." Razor & Tie's The Lonesome Fugitive remains the best compilation of Haggard at his peak and Down Every Road the most comprehensive set, but this occupies a middle ground between the two, offering a thorough overview of Merle's long career as a country hitmaker, and it's a terrific listen to boot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359562728
  • Catalog Number: 95627
  • Sales rank: 13,235

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Haggard Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Casey Anderson Composer
Tommy Collins Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Milton Brown Composer
Roy Edward Burris Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Composer
Chuck Howard Composer
Charles McCormick Composer
Bonnie Owens Composer
Freddy Powers Composer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Leona Williams Composer
Liz Anderson Composer
Cliff Crofford Composer
Whitey Shafer Composer
Sheril Rodgers Composer
Nancy Henderson Liner Notes
Stephen Dorff Composer
Kelli Haggard Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Dean Holloway Composer
Glenn Martin Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Country Giant

    I have a few observations. Haggard is at his best with prison, recession, family,and working man songs. His love songs and most of his duets don't grab me. I also note that the starker the arrangements, the better the song. The exception to this is Pancho and Lefty, which mainly belonged to Willie Nelson. That's why I would give Disc 1 a higher grade than Disc 2, which has fuller instrumentation and more novelty numbers and duets. One evidence of Haggard's stature is that during the late 60s and early 70s he was both revered by the Nixon right wing for Okie and Fightin' Side of Me and covered by the Grateful Dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So glad I finally picked this up!

    Had to buy this for Bar Room Buddies! I am so glad I did - this is a really great cd!

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    Posted September 19, 2009

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