Hag: Concepts, Live & the Strangers -- The Capitol Recordings 1968-1976

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bear Family's final installment in their series of hefty box sets documenting Merle Haggard's Capitol recordings is Hag: Concepts, Live & the Strangers, a six-disc set that rounds up everything that didn't make it onto Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969-1976: his full-length tributes to Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills, his gospel records, his live albums one of which just happened to be conceptual, too: a Dixie blues LP, and the LP his Strangers recorded on their own. Such a description threatens to consign Hag: Concepts as an odds 'n' ends collection, suggesting that these records were mere afterthoughts, a perception that is wildly inaccurate. If anything, Same ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bear Family's final installment in their series of hefty box sets documenting Merle Haggard's Capitol recordings is Hag: Concepts, Live & the Strangers, a six-disc set that rounds up everything that didn't make it onto Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969-1976: his full-length tributes to Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills, his gospel records, his live albums one of which just happened to be conceptual, too: a Dixie blues LP, and the LP his Strangers recorded on their own. Such a description threatens to consign Hag: Concepts as an odds 'n' ends collection, suggesting that these records were mere afterthoughts, a perception that is wildly inaccurate. If anything, Same Train, Different Time, A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World, Land of Many Churches, and I Love Dixie Blues were all crafted with more care than the albums culled from the studio sessions from this time, demonstrating an exacting level of detail that's even easier to appreciate when the records are grouped together like this. As the albums spool out one by one -- first the tributes, then the live records, and finally the Strangers instrumental records -- it's possible to admire each on an individual basis, but the remarkable thing about this box is that it paints a bigger picture, particularly in how Haggard arrived at grand statements through small, intimate moments. Nowhere is this more true than on Land of Many Churches, a wildly ambitious gospel double LP with each side recorded with a different church, emphasizing different styles of gospel -- a move so subtle that it takes some close listening to fathom exactly what Haggard achieved here. To a certain extent, that's true of Merle's music in general, especially during the era covered by these two companion Hag box sets -- it flows so naturally, it seems so unforced, that it's easy to overlook how richly intertwined the country, gospel, blues, jazz, and folk are within his music -- but Haggard also had a real sense of adventure, captured best on that Bob Wills tribute, which he recorded not long after learning how to play fiddle himself. This blend of bravado, respect, and restlessness gives his music an almost limitless depth, a fact that's showcased in a set of this magnitude, as the music keeps rolling with no dip in quality some could call the Strangers instrumentals throwaways but there is such casual virtuosity to these records that they're hard to resist, especially when presented as a coda to the concepts that precede them. Bear Family could have presented this music with the recordings on 2007's Hag, but that would have made for a lengthy, expensive 12-disc set that may have been too much to digest at once let alone purchase, and this division helps prompt some serious reflection about Haggard's Capitol recordings. The music on Hag: Concepts informs the music on Hag: The Studio Recordings: listen to Concepts first, and you'll hear how these explorations of his roots set up his sly innovations on the studio recordings; listen to it second, and it's easier to appreciate Haggard's back story. Either way, these two box sets provide listening as enduring and nourishing as American popular music gets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127167828
  • Catalog Number: 2716782
  • Sales rank: 81,939

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jimmie the Kid (2:04)
  2. 2 My Rough and Rowdy Ways (2:24)
  3. 3 California Blues (Blue Yodel #4) (2:51)
  4. 4 Narration #1 (0:49)
  5. 5 Hobo's Meditation (2:45)
  6. 6 Waitin' for a Train (2:52)
  7. 7 Mother, The Queen of My Heart (2:42)
  8. 8 My California Sunshine Girl (2:53)
  9. 9 Narration #2 (Train Whistle Blues) (0:38)
  10. 10 Train Whistle Blues (3:16)
  11. 11 Why Should I Be Lonely? (3:21)
  12. 12 Jimmie's Texas Blues (3:38)
  13. 13 Blue Yodel #6 (3:14)
  14. 14 Narration #3 (Mule Skinner Blues) (0:54)
  15. 15 Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel #8) (3:26)
  16. 16 Peach Pickin' Time Down in Georgia (3:00)
  17. 17 Down the Old Road to Home (2:04)
  18. 18 Travelin' Blues (3:18)
  19. 19 Miss the Mississippi and You (3:17)
  20. 20 Frankie and Johnny (3:47)
  21. 21 No Hard Times (2:50)
  22. 22 Narration #4 (Hobo Bill's Last Ride) (0:55)
  23. 23 Hobo Bill's Last Ride (2:50)
  24. 24 My Old Pal (3:03)
  25. 25 Nobody Knows But Me (2:47)
  26. 26 Narration #5 (Jimmie's Last Blue Yodel) (1:34)
  27. 27 Jimmie's Roger's Last Blue Yodel (3:09)
  28. 28 Mississippi Delta Blues (3:35)
  29. 29 Gamblin' Polka Dot Blues (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Right or Wrong (2:37)
  2. 2 Brown Skinned Gal (0:51)
  3. 3 Roly Poly (2:40)
  4. 4 Corrine, Corrina (2:15)
  5. 5 I Knew the Moment I Lost You (3:01)
  6. 6 Trouble in Mind (3:15)
  7. 7 Time Changes Everything (2:39)
  8. 8 San Antonio Rose (2:40)
  9. 9 Brain Cloudy Blues (3:38)
  10. 10 Take Me Back to Tulsa (2:39)
  11. 11 Spanish Two-Step (2:54)
  12. 12 Old Fashioned Love in My Heart (2:34)
  13. 13 Stay a Little Longer (2:49)
  14. 14 Misery (3:21)
  15. 15 Overture, Introduction & Theme (0:34)
  16. 16 Mama Tried (2:35)
  17. 17 No Hard Times (2:09)
  18. 18 Silver Wings (3:59)
  19. 19 Medley: Swinging Doors/Sing Me Back Home/I'm a Lonesome Fugitive/Brande (7:16)
  20. 20 In the Arms of Love (2:03)
  21. 21 Workin' Man Blues (2:25)
  22. 22 Introduction to 'Hobo Bill' (1:07)
  23. 23 Hobo Bill's Last Ride (3:02)
  24. 24 Billy Overcame His Size (2:41)
  25. 25 If I Had Left It Up to You (2:35)
  26. 26 White Line Fever (3:09)
  27. 27 Blue Rock (1:02)
  28. 28 Intro & Okie from Muskogee (5:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hammin' It Up (Theme) (1:24)
  2. 2 I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am (2:32)
  3. 3 Corrine, Corrina (2:38)
  4. 4 Every Fool Has a Rainbow (3:16)
  5. 5 T.B. Blues (2:48)
  6. 6 When Did Right Become Wrong (3:44)
  7. 7 Philadelphia Lawyer (Bonnie Owens) (4:03)
  8. 8 Stealin' Corn (2:02)
  9. 9 Harold's Super Service (2:42)
  10. 10 Medley: Devil Woman/I'm Movin' On/Folsom Prison Blues/Jackson/Orange Bl (5:35)
  11. 11 Today I Started Loving You Again (2:03)
  12. 12 Okie from Muskogee (3:27)
  13. 13 The Fightin' Side of Me (3:11)
  14. 14 Hammin' It Up (1:59)
  15. 15 Everybody's Had the Blues (3:38)
  16. 16 Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) (2:45)
  17. 17 I Forgot You Every Day (2:51)
  18. 18 I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me) (2:53)
  19. 19 Carolyn (2:44)
  20. 20 Champagne (1:49)
  21. 21 Lovesick Blues (3:05)
  22. 22 The Emptiest Arms in the World (3:19)
  23. 23 Nobody Knows I'm Hurtin' (1:50)
  24. 24 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (Intro) (0:54)
  25. 25 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (2:01)
  26. 26 Okie from Muskogee (3:01)
  27. 27 I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me (2:42)
  28. 28 Finale (1:05)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Introduction/We'll Understand and Say Well Done (4:40)
  2. 2 Medley: Take My Hand, Precious Lord/Jesus Hold My Hand [Medley] (3:26)
  3. 3 Precious Memories (3:27)
  4. 4 History of Big Creek Baptist Church (2:26)
  5. 5 Turn Your Radio On (2:09)
  6. 6 If We Never Meet Again (2:56)
  7. 7 Closing Prayer/Just as I Am (1:23)
  8. 8 Introduction & Opening Prayer - Chaplain Frank Butler (2:10)
  9. 9 Amazing Grace (3:33)
  10. 10 Where Could I Go (2:25)
  11. 11 Old Time Religion/Pass Me By/Sweet By and By [Medley] (3:15)
  12. 12 The Old Rugged Cross (4:03)
  13. 13 Closing Prayer - Chaplain Frank Butler (1:00)
  14. 14 Introduction/Leaning on the Everlasting Arms - Rev. J.D. & Congregation Smith (5:02)
  15. 15 Guid Me, Lord (2:51)
  16. 16 The Family Bible (3:38)
  17. 17 I'll Be List'ning (2:30)
  18. 18 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (3:43)
  19. 19 Closing Prayer - Rev. J.D. Smith (0:43)
  20. 20 Introduction (1:28)
  21. 21 Life's Railway to Heaven (2:59)
  22. 22 On the Jericho Road (3:02)
  23. 23 Steal Away (4:13)
  24. 24 I Saw the Light (2:45)
  25. 25 Grandma's Homemade Christmas Card (1:51)
  26. 26 Santa Claus and Popcorn (2:14)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Leaving Phoenix - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:44)
  2. 2 Terri - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:30)
  3. 3 Hammin' It Up - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:32)
  4. 4 San Antonio Rose - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:07)
  5. 5 Somebody Stole My Gal - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:08)
  6. 6 Hop and a Skip - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (1:59)
  7. 7 Don't Tell Me - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:23)
  8. 8 Whooper Snooper - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:05)
  9. 9 Poppin' Corn - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:02)
  10. 10 The Waltz of Enchantment - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:58)
  11. 11 Tennessee Flat Top Box - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (1:43)
  12. 12 Mama Tried - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:14)
  13. 13 Stealin' Corn - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:02)
  14. 14 Twinkle, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (1:33)
  15. 15 Blue Rock - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:04)
  16. 16 Mexican Rose - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:10)
  17. 17 Waltzing with a Stranger - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (1:41)
  18. 18 Sing Me a Happy Song - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:05)
  19. 19 Repeat Performance - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:19)
  20. 20 Street Singer - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:24)
  21. 21 Biff Bam Boom - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (1:55)
  22. 22 Workin' Man Blues - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (1:45)
  23. 23 Day Happy (2:05)
  24. 24 Every Fool Has a Rainbow (2:48)
  25. 25 Story with a Happy Indian - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:10)
  26. 26 Scramble - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (1:50)
  27. 27 California on My Mind - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:45)
  28. 28 Comin' Home - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:12)
  29. 29 Walkin' Through My Heart - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:06)
  30. 30 Skippin' - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (1:37)
  31. 31 Ham Boogie (Stealin' the Boogie) (2:30)
  32. 32 Caravan (3:15)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Stumbling - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:27)
  2. 2 Me and Bobby McGee - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:11)
  3. 3 Honky Tonk - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:09)
  4. 4 Raunchy - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:56)
  5. 5 Song from "Sleep Walk" - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:43)
  6. 6 Watchin' Scotty Grow - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:48)
  7. 7 Just Sit Down and Cry - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:51)
  8. 8 Slow 'N' Easy - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:00)
  9. 9 I Don't Love Nobody - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:18)
  10. 10 Almost to Tulsa - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:21)
  11. 11 Fiddle Blues (2:30)
  12. 12 Champagne (2:03)
  13. 13 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (1:53)
  14. 14 Goes Without Saying (2:14)
  15. 15 Swing High (2:23)
  16. 16 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (1:52)
  17. 17 When My Conscience Takes Over (2:13)
  18. 18 When the Roses Die (2:22)
  19. 19 Champagne (1:57)
  20. 20 I'm Sittin' on Top of the World (2:15)
  21. 21 There You Go Again (2:30)
  22. 22 See the Sunset (2:34)
  23. 23 Roller Coaster (1:55)
  24. 24 Cotton Picker (3:29)
  25. 25 It's Only Love (2:22)
  26. 26 Cherokee Fiddle (1:57)
  27. 27 Country Gas (1:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Haggard Primary Artist, Fiddle, Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Narrator
The Carter Family Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Guitar
Johnnie Lee Wills Banjo
James Burton Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Stan Farlow Track Performer
David Gates Guitar, Leader
Tommy Collins Guitar
Chubby Wise Fiddle
Anita Carter Vocals
Gordon Terry Fiddle
Mother Maybelle Carter Vocals
Bill Woods Fiddle
Biff Adam Drums, Leader
Earl Poole Ball Piano
Roy Edward Burris Drums
Roy Caton Trumpet
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Dolores Edgin Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Virgil Evans Trumpet
Sam Goldstein Drums
Herman Harper Vocals
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
John McCormick Track Performer
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Roy Nichols Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar
Charles Owen Guitar, Leader
Bonnie Owens Vocals
Ray Pohlman Electric Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Jerry Rosa Trombone
Moe Schneider Trombone
Eldon Shamblin Guitar
Ray Siegel Bass
Lewis Talley Guitar
Joe Zinkan Bass
Charles Berghoffer Bass, Electric Bass
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Robert Morris Electric Bass
William Puett Clarinet, Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Hromek Electric Bass, Leader, Vocals
William Armstrong Fiddle
Leon Chase Copeland Electric Bass, Leader
Billy Mize Vocal Harmony
Jerry Ward Electric Bass
Helen Carter Vocals
Dale Hampton Track Performer
Jerry Reed Hubbard Guitar
Marcia Nichols Guitar, Piano
Gene Price Bass
Gene Bowen Track Performer
Bobby Wayne Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano
Ronald Tut Drums
Joe Simpson Guitar
Leonard Raymond Sipes Guitar
George French Jr. Piano, Leader
Robert C. Thompson Guitar
Norman D. Hamlett Dobro, Steel Guitar, Leader
Joseph T. Babcock Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Harold Lee "Curly" Chalker Steel Guitar
June Evelyn Page Vocals, Choir, Chorus
James Beck Gordon Drums
Albert "Al Bruno" Bruneau Guitar
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge Guitar
James Holley Fiddle
David Carroll Kirby Guitar
Saint Quentin Gospel Choir Vocals
Tommy Ash Drums
Jerry Atembridge Track Performer
Willard Price Bass
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Mac Davis Composer
Little Jimmy Dickens Composer
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Johnny Gimble Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Casey Anderson Composer
Tommy Collins Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Red Simpson Composer
Biff Adam Arranger, Composer
Shelly Lee Alley Composer
Earl Poole Ball Producer
Eddie Brackett Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Larry Cohn Illustrations
Duke Ellington Composer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Fred Foster Composer
George French Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Bill Halley Composer
Norm Hamlet Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Frank Jones Producer
Dave Kirby Composer
Clayton McMichen Composer
Ralph Mooney Composer
Roy Nichols Composer
A.L. Owens Composer
Wayne Raney Composer
Ronnie Reno Composer
George Richey Producer
Fred Rose Composer
Sanger D. Schafer Composer
Lewis Talley Arranger
Juan Tizol Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Mark Yeary Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Steve Pierce Direction
Sid Manker Composer
Dennis Hromek Arranger, Composer, Duet
Deke Dickerson Biographical Information
Fuzzy Owen Composer, Producer
Jerry Ward Composer
Marcia Nichols Composer
Gene Price Composer
Liz Anderson Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Zez Confrey Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Marty Haggard Composer
Sterling Whipple Composer
Jimmy Work Composer
Noel Haggard Composer
Bobby Wayne Composer, Duet
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Eddie Burris Composer
Buddy Charlton Composer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Leo Wood Composer
Stephen H. Lemberg Composer
Estelle Lovell Composer
Don S. McCrossan Composer
Vern Stovall Composer
George Bennard Composer
Bobby George Composer
Lou Wayne Composer
A. Cole Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Traditional Composer
Slim Bryant Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Dean Holloway Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
O.W. Mayo Composer
Glenn Martin Composer
Robert "Bobby Wayne" Edrington Composer
Kenneth Hunt Composer
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