Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969-1976

Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969-1976

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by Merle Haggard
     
 

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Twelve years after they released their first Merle Haggard box, The Untamed Hawk, Bear Family delivered the sequel, Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969-1976. This picks up where The Untamed Hawk left off, which is more of a musical dividing point than it initially seems. If The Untamed Hawk caught Haggard as he was reaching full flight, Hag<See more details below

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Twelve years after they released their first Merle Haggard box, The Untamed Hawk, Bear Family delivered the sequel, Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969-1976. This picks up where The Untamed Hawk left off, which is more of a musical dividing point than it initially seems. If The Untamed Hawk caught Haggard as he was reaching full flight, Hag captures him in his prime, as every single he released reached the Country Top Ten -- often capturing the number one slot -- and as he sometimes crossed over into the pop Top 40. Hag was without a doubt the biggest star in country music but the remarkable thing about his reign at the top was that he never played it safe. During this eight-year span, he recorded few songs as iconic as "Strangers," "Swinging Doors," "The Bottle Let Me Down" or "Mama Tried," but a notable exception was "Okie from Muskogee" and its ornery cousin, "The Fighting Side of Me." Both were reactionary rhetoric in the midst of the Vietnam war, but where the latter was itching for a brawl -- a perfect pairing for its tough, twangy, Bakersfield sound -- "Okie" was gentler in its music and sweetly nostalgic in its tone, romanticizing an America that may never have been there. As Hag makes clear, "Okie" provides the keystone for the last half of Haggard's Capitol recordings, as his music mellowed and deepened, and he turned toward painting a picture of his ideal America, knowing full well that the good times may already be over. The music feels different than that on Untamed Hawk -- it's not as lean and tense, not as indebted to Buck. It's warmer yet more adventurous and far-ranging, at once referencing the past but sounding progressive, sounding smoother, but never turning pop. Haggard's writing also underwent a subtle evolution, as he developed a narrative eye that had songs like "Tulare Dust" and "The Seashores of Old Mexico" play like short stories. With their spare, vivid lyrical detail, these songs created a mythic image of America that the music matched with its blend of country, folk, blues, and jazz, so thoroughly integrated it was often impossible to discern where the styles began...unless it was on the genre exercises that Hag and the Strangers tore into with thrilling abandon. Merle wrote a bunch of these himself, notably the spectacular Western swing of "Living with the Shades Pulled Down" and "Old Man from the Mountain," songs that illustrated his debt to Lefty Frizzell and Bob Wills. It's possible to hear the influence of his idols here but all of Hag's full-length tributes, such as his timeless Wills and Jimmie Rodgers salutes, aren't here -- they, along with the Strangers albums, are bundled on a third Bear Family box, out in 2008 -- but his knack for finding great material is wholly evident, whether he's cutting his old friend Tommy Collins' "Carolyn" or cherry-picking Dolly Parton's "Kentucky Gambler." Much of this variety can be heard on the many, many individual albums Haggard released during the first half of the '70s -- most of the best of which have been reissued on CD, including great two-fers from both Capitol and BGO -- but hearing it all in this six CD box, the depth and consistency of his music is stunning. Perhaps there are no revelations here aside from the political -- almost immediately after "Okie from Muskogee" became a smash, he began recording songs that backed away from the curmudgeonly conservative bent of that hit, explaining that he's in the divide between the left and right, returning to that sentiment again and again during this stretch at Capitol -- yet there doesn't need to be, as Hag offers the richest, fullest portrait of Merle's America, a world that only grows more alluring with each passing year.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2007
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127167491
catalogNumber:
2716749
Rank:
61673

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'd Rather Be Gone  - Merle Haggard
  2. Montego Bay  - Merle Haggard
  3. I Die Ten Thousand Times a Day  - Merle Haggard
  4. California on My Mind  - Merle Haggard
  5. California Cotton Fields  - Merle Haggard
  6. White Line Fever  - Merle Haggard
  7. I Came So Close to Failure  - Merle Haggard
  8. Workin' Man Blues  - Merle Haggard
  9. The Sea Shores of Old Mexico  - Merle Haggard
  10. Okie from Muskogee  - Merle Haggard
  11. If I Had Left It Up to You  - Merle Haggard
  12. Streets of Berlin  - Merle Haggard
  13. Huntsville  - Merle Haggard
  14. Train of Life  - Merle Haggard
  15. They're Tearing the Labor Camp Down  - Merle Haggard
  16. The Fightin' Side of Me  - Merle Haggard
  17. I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving  - Merle Haggard
  18. No Reason to Quit  - Merle Haggard
  19. Jesus, Take a Hold  - Merle Haggard
  20. I Ain't Got Nobody  - Merle Haggard
  21. New York City Blues  - Merle Haggard
  22. One Row at a Time  - Merle Haggard
  23. Shelly's Winter Love  - Merle Haggard
  24. I'll Be a Hero When I Strike  - Merle Haggard
  25. If You've Got Time (To Say Goodbye)  - Merle Haggard
  26. I'm a Good Loser  - Merle Haggard
  27. I Can't Be Myself  - Merle Haggard
  28. I've Done It All  - Merle Haggard
  29. One Sweet Hello  - Merle Haggard

Disc 2

  1. Worried, Unhappy, Lonesome and Sorry  - Merle Haggard
  2. Somewhere in Between  - Merle Haggard
  3. The Sidewalks of Chicago  - Merle Haggard
  4. The Farmer's Daughter  - Merle Haggard
  5. Tulare Dust  - Merle Haggard
  6. When the Feelin' Goes Away  - Merle Haggard
  7. Soldier's Last Letter  - Merle Haggard
  8. The Only Trouble with Me  - Merle Haggard
  9. Make Believe  - Merle Haggard
  10. Big Time Annie's Square  - Merle Haggard
  11. You're the Only Girl in the Game  - Merle Haggard
  12. The Conversion of Ronnie Jones  - Merle Haggard
  13. Carolyn  - Merle Haggard
  14. It's Great to Be Alive  - Merle Haggard
  15. Someday We'll Look Back  - Merle Haggard
  16. Somewhere in Between  - Merle Haggard
  17. My Heart Would Know  - Merle Haggard
  18. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)  - Merle Haggard
  19. Goodbye Comes Hard for Me  - Merle Haggard
  20. The Man Who Picked the Wildwood Flower  - Merle Haggard
  21. You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)  - Merle Haggard
  22. This Cold War with You  - Merle Haggard
  23. Irma Jackson  - Merle Haggard
  24. Recitation: The Proudest Fiddle in the World (A Maiden's Prayer)  - Merle Haggard
  25. Turnin' off a Memory  - Merle Haggard
  26. Grandma Harp  - Merle Haggard

Disc 3

  1. They're Tearin' the Labor Camps Down  - Merle Haggard
  2. Bill Woods from Bakersfield  - Merle Haggard
  3. Old Doc Brown  - Merle Haggard
  4. A Shoulder to Cry On  - Merle Haggard
  5. The Funeral  - Merle Haggard
  6. Bring It on Down to My House, Honey  - Merle Haggard
  7. Combine Blues  - Merle Haggard
  8. Blues Stay Away from Me  - Merle Haggard
  9. Tired of Your Understanding Ways  - Merle Haggard
  10. Hag's Dixie Blues #2  - Merle Haggard
  11. I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me)  - Merle Haggard
  12. Moanin' the Blues  - Merle Haggard
  13. Don't Let the Deal Go Down  - Merle Haggard
  14. Stingeree  - Merle Haggard
  15. Lovesick Blues  - Merle Haggard
  16. Blues for Dixie  - Merle Haggard
  17. I Forget You Every Day  - Merle Haggard
  18. A Shoulder to Cry On  - Merle Haggard
  19. I Know an Ending When It Comes  - Merle Haggard
  20. Dad's Old Fiddle  - Merle Haggard
  21. I'm a White Boy  - Merle Haggard
  22. I Wonder Where I'll Find You at Tonight  - Merle Haggard
  23. My Woman Keeps Lovin' Her Man  - Merle Haggard
  24. It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)  - Merle Haggard
  25. Somewhere to Come When It Rains  - Merle Haggard
  26. My Woman Keeps Lovin' Her Man  - Merle Haggard

Disc 4

  1. I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me  - Merle Haggard
  2. To Each His Own  - Merle Haggard
  3. I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving  - Merle Haggard
  4. I'm an Old, Old Man (Tryin' to Live While I Can)  - Merle Haggard
  5. I'd Never Told on You  - Merle Haggard
  6. I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me  - Merle Haggard
  7. I Forget You Every Day  - Merle Haggard
  8. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)  - Merle Haggard
  9. If We Make It Through December  - Merle Haggard
  10. I'll Break out Tonight  - Merle Haggard
  11. Love and Honor Never Crossed Your Mind  - Merle Haggard
  12. This Is the Song We Sing  - Merle Haggard
  13. There's Just One Way  - Merle Haggard
  14. The Emptiest Arms in the World  - Merle Haggard
  15. Come on into My Arms  - Merle Haggard
  16. Radiator Man from Wasco  - Merle Haggard
  17. Uncle Lem  - Merle Haggard
  18. Daddy Won't Be Home Again for Christmas  - Merle Haggard
  19. Bobby Wants a Puppy for Christmas  - Merle Haggard
  20. Silent Night  - Merle Haggard
  21. Winter Wonderland  - Merle Haggard
  22. White Christmas  - Merle Haggard
  23. Silver Bells  - Merle Haggard
  24. Jingle Bells  - Merle Haggard
  25. Grandma's Homemade Christmas Card  - Merle Haggard
  26. Santa Claus and Popcorn  - Merle Haggard

Disc 5

  1. White Man Singin' the Blues  - Merle Haggard
  2. Better off When I Was Hungry  - Merle Haggard
  3. Things Aren't Funny Anymore  - Merle Haggard
  4. That's the Way Love Goes  - Merle Haggard
  5. Got a Leter from My Kid Today  - Merle Haggard
  6. Honky Tonk Night Time Man  - Merle Haggard
  7. A Man's Got to Give Up a Lot  - Merle Haggard
  8. The Girl Who Made Me Laugh  - Merle Haggard
  9. No More Trains to Ride  - Merle Haggard
  10. Holding Things Together  - Merle Haggard
  11. So Long Train Whistle  - Merle Haggard
  12. September in Miami  - Merle Haggard
  13. A King Without a Queen  - Merle Haggard
  14. It Don't Bother Me  - Merle Haggard
  15. Travelin'  - Merle Haggard
  16. Don't Give Up on Me  - Merle Haggard
  17. Here in 'Frisco  - Merle Haggard
  18. Railroad Lady  - Merle Haggard
  19. Old Man from the Mountain  - Merle Haggard
  20. Mirrors Don't Lie  - Merle Haggard
  21. Movin' On  - Merle Haggard
  22. The Seeker  - Merle Haggard
  23. Kentucky Gambler  - Merle Haggard
  24. You'll Always Be Special to Me  - Merle Haggard
  25. Life's Like Poetry  - Merle Haggard
  26. I've Got a Darlin' (For a Wife)  - Merle Haggard
  27. These Mem'ries We're Making Tonight  - Merle Haggard
  28. The Hobo  - Merle Haggard
  29. The Coming and the Going of the Trains  - Merle Haggard
  30. My Love Affair with Trains  - Merle Haggard
  31. The Silver Ghost  - Merle Haggard

Disc 6

  1. Where Have All the Hobos Gone  - Merle Haggard
  2. I Won't Give Up My Train  - Merle Haggard
  3. Union Station  - Merle Haggard
  4. When My Last Song Is Sung  - Merle Haggard
  5. I've Got a Yearning  - Merle Haggard
  6. Always Wanting You  - Merle Haggard
  7. Nothin's Worse Than Losing  - Merle Haggard
  8. Colorado  - Merle Haggard
  9. The Roots of My Raising  - Merle Haggard
  10. Living with the Shades Pulled Down  - Merle Haggard
  11. After Loving You  - Merle Haggard
  12. Cotton Patch Blues  - Merle Haggard
  13. Runnin' Kind  - Merle Haggard
  14. Walk on the Outside  - Merle Haggard
  15. Let's Stop Pretending (Dirty Old Hat Band)  - Merle Haggard
  16. Right or Wrong  - Merle Haggard
  17. It's All in the Movies  - Merle Haggard
  18. The Way It Was in '51  - Merle Haggard
  19. Goodbye Lefty  - Merle Haggard
  20. I Never Go Around Mirrors  - Merle Haggard
  21. Am I Standing in Your Way?  - Merle Haggard
  22. A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today  - Merle Haggard
  23. The Waltz You Saved for Me  - Merle Haggard
  24. Cherokee Maiden  - Merle Haggard
  25. What Have You Got Planned Tonight, Diana  - Merle Haggard
  26. Here Comes the Freedom Train  - Merle Haggard
  27. Campaign of '76  - Merle Haggard

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Merle Haggard   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Guitar,Leader,Vocals,Narrator,Interviewee
Carter Family   Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Guitar,Interviewee
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Johnnie Lee Wills   Banjo
James Burton   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Interviewee
Stan Farlow   Track Performer
David Gates   Guitar,Leader
Jim Glaser   Choir, Chorus
Chubby Wise   Fiddle
Anita Carter   Vocals
Gordon Terry   Fiddle
Martin Katahn   Violin
Jim Gordon   Drums
Red Simpson   Interviewee
Mother Maybelle Carter   Vocals
Biff Adam   Drums,Leader,Interviewee
Byron Bach   Violin
Earl Poole Ball   Piano
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Roy Edward Burris   Drums
Roy Caton   Trumpet
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Leader
Dolores Edgin   Choir, Chorus
Virgil Evans   Trumpet
Sam Goldstein   Drums
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Norm Hamlet   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Leader,Interviewee
Buddy Harman   Drums
Herman Harper   Vocals
Glenn Keener   Guitar
Don Markham   Saxophone
Laverna Moore   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Bonnie Owens   Leader,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jody Payne   Guitar
Ronnie Reno   Guitar,Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Keyboards
Jerry Rosa   Trombone
Moe Schneider   Trombone
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Ray Siegel   Bass
Gordon Stoker   Choir, Chorus
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
David Vanderkooi   Cello
Redd Volkaert   Interviewee
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
John C. Williams   Bass
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Roy Huskey   Bass
Steve Pierce   Choir Director
William Puett   Clarinet,Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Hromek   Bass,Leader,Vocals
William Armstrong   Fiddle
Leon Chase Copeland   Bass,Leader
Helen Carter   Vocals
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar
Gene Price   Bass
James Capps   Guitar
Bobby Wayne   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader,Vocal Harmony
William Edward "Billy" Liebert   Piano
George French   Piano,Leader
Robert C. Thompson   Guitar
Bill Walker   Leader
Richard Farrell Morris   Chimes,Drums,Bells,Vibes
Joseph T. Babcock   Choir, Chorus
Harold Lee "Curly" Chalker   Steel Guitar
June Evelyn Page   Choir, Chorus
Ronald James "Jim" Horn   Saxophone
Albert "Al Bruno" Bruneau   Guitar
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge   Guitar
James Holley   Fiddle
William Ellsworth "Alex" Brashear   Trumpet
Hollis R. "Red Lane" DeLaughter   Guitar
David Carroll Kirby   Guitar
Johnny Meeks   Bass,Leader
Tommy Ash   Drums
Jerry Atembridge   Track Performer
Dorothy Deleonnibus   Choir, Chorus
Dixieland Express   Track Performer
James Paul Haber   Track Performer
J.L. Hicks   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Little Jimmy Dickens   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer,Author
Dolly Parton   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Tommy Collins   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Red Simpson   Composer
Earl Poole Ball   Producer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Frank Jones   Producer
Dave Kirby   Composer
John McCormick   Contributor
Roy Nichols   Composer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Wayne Raney   Composer
Ronnie Reno   Composer
George Richey   Producer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Mark Yeary   Composer
Deke Dickerson   Biographical Notes
Fuzzy Owen   Composer
Dale Hampton   Contributor
Marcia Nichols   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Sterling Whipple   Composer
Jimmy Work   Composer
Gene Bowen   Contributor
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Eddie Burris   Composer
Jurgen Crasser   Mastering
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Stephen H. Lemberg   Composer
Lou Wayne   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Bill Walker   Arranger
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Dean Holloway   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
O.W. Mayo   Composer
Glenn Martin   Composer
Kenneth Hunt   Composer

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