Legends of American Music: The Original Outlaw

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
A number of Merle Haggard box sets preceded this one to fruition, among them 1996's four-disc,100-track Down Every Road, as comprehensive and essential a collection of country music as you're ever likely to hear. At three discs and 60 tracks, Time Life's Legends of American Music: The Original Outlaw admittedly doesn't offer as much Hag, but in its own way it's just as valuable as the earlier release, and might be preferable for those who don't want their Hag spread quite so thin but who would still like a bit more than the 40 tracks offered by Razor & Tie's 1995, 40-track The Lonesome Fugitive: The Merle Haggard Anthology (1963-1977). Like Down Every Road, The ...
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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
A number of Merle Haggard box sets preceded this one to fruition, among them 1996's four-disc,100-track Down Every Road, as comprehensive and essential a collection of country music as you're ever likely to hear. At three discs and 60 tracks, Time Life's Legends of American Music: The Original Outlaw admittedly doesn't offer as much Hag, but in its own way it's just as valuable as the earlier release, and might be preferable for those who don't want their Hag spread quite so thin but who would still like a bit more than the 40 tracks offered by Razor & Tie's 1995, 40-track The Lonesome Fugitive: The Merle Haggard Anthology (1963-1977). Like Down Every Road, The Original Outlaw takes a look not only at the biggest hits of Haggard's career, although those are all of course accounted for. It launches with two pre-fame singles Haggard cut for the small Tally label in 1964-1965, before signing to Capitol, "Sing a Sad Song" and "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers." From there it devotes roughly half of its contents to those Capitol sides before moving on to Haggard's MCA output of the late '70s and his recordings for Epic, Anti and his own Hag Records in the subsequent decades. All that's absent -- and no one will really miss it -- is some representation of Haggard's early-'90s stint with Curb, a period that produced no memorable hits whose omission would cause a red flag to be raised only by completists. Haggard's post-Capitol recordings would, for any other artist, still amount to a body of work to be praised and envied: MCA and Epic singles such as "Big City," "Pancho and Lefty" (with Willie Nelson) and "Yesterday's Wine" (with George Jones) are formidable, and the samplings of his rootsy 21st century releases should send those unfamiliar with them scurrying to catch up with what Haggard's been up to, as they've all been excellent additions to his canon. In the end, though, it'll still be those Capitol recordings that will define Merle Haggard and, to some extent, the direction in which country music turned once he arrived -- even the most die-hard fan will never tire of hearing that string of more than 20 number one hits Haggard gave the label. All of them are here -- the landmarks like "Okie from Muskogee," "Working Man's Blues," "The Fightin' Side of Me," "Mama Tried," "Daddy Frank," "If We Make It Through December" -- as well as a couple that "only" scraped into the Top Five: "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am" and "Someday We'll Look Back." Arranged in rough, but not strict, chronological order, the set amply demonstrates Hag's evolution as both songwriter and interpreter of those songs, and restates the case for him as one of country music's greatest contributions to the American musical lexicon -- not that that wasn't obvious already.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
[Haggard] forged country music that could swing, twang and stay heartfelt.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583216820
  • Catalog Number: 19506

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sing a Sad Song (2:35)
  2. 2 (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers (2:31)
  3. 3 The Fugitive - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:59)
  4. 4 Swinging Doors - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:55)
  5. 5 I Threw Away the Rose - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:23)
  6. 6 The Bottle Let Me Down - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:50)
  7. 7 Branded Man - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:08)
  8. 8 Today, I Started Loving You Again - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:24)
  9. 9 Sing Me Back Home - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:50)
  10. 10 The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:06)
  11. 11 Mama Tried - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:14)
  12. 12 I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:49)
  13. 13 Workin' Man Blues - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:36)
  14. 14 Hungry Eyes - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:30)
  15. 15 Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:44)
  16. 16 Someday We'll Look Back - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:32)
  17. 17 Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:11)
  18. 18 Carolyn - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:34)
  19. 19 Grandma Harp - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:12)
  20. 20 It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Fightin' Side of Me - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:54)
  2. 2 I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:50)
  3. 3 Kentucky Gambler - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:41)
  4. 4 Everybody's Had the Blues - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:54)
  5. 5 If We Make It Through December (2:43)
  6. 6 Old Man from the Mountain - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:21)
  7. 7 Things Aren't Funny Anymore - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:43)
  8. 8 Movin' On - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:16)
  9. 9 Always Wanting You - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:08)
  10. 10 The Roots of My Raising - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:46)
  11. 11 It's All in the Movies - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (3:14)
  12. 12 Cherokee Maiden - Merle Haggard & the Strangers (2:57)
  13. 13 If We're Not Back in Love by Monday (3:13)
  14. 14 Ramblin' Fever (3:08)
  15. 15 I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall (2:51)
  16. 16 It's Been a Great Afternoon (2:47)
  17. 17 The Way I Am (2:54)
  18. 18 I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink (4:32)
  19. 19 Misery and Gin (2:51)
  20. 20 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again (3:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Big City (3:00)
  2. 2 My Favorite Memory (3:07)
  3. 3 Yesterday's Wine - George Jones (3:15)
  4. 4 Going Where the Lonely Go (4:51)
  5. 5 You Take Me for Granted (2:43)
  6. 6 Pancho and Lefty - Willie Nelson (4:50)
  7. 7 That's the Way Love Goes (3:02)
  8. 8 Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room (2:51)
  9. 9 Someday When Things Are Good (3:34)
  10. 10 Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star (3:25)
  11. 11 What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life) (3:35)
  12. 12 Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver) (4:14)
  13. 13 Natural High (3:09)
  14. 14 Out Among the Stars (4:31)
  15. 15 A Place to Fall Apart (3:38)
  16. 16 Lonesome Day (2:07)
  17. 17 Wishing All These Old Things Were New (3:21)
  18. 18 America First (2:44)
  19. 19 Some of Us Fly (4:06)
  20. 20 Haggard (Like I've Never Been Before) (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Haggard Primary Artist, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Merle Haggard Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Willie Nelson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Buck Owens Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Mike Post Producer, Audio Production
Ray Baker Producer, Audio Production
Jimmy Bowen Producer, Audio Production
Lou Bradley Producer, Audio Production
Hank Cochran Producer, Audio Production
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Don Gant Audio Production
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer, Audio Production
Chips Moman Producer, Audio Production
Ken Nelson Producer, Audio Production
Charles Owen Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Freddy Powers Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer, Audio Production
Ken Suesov Producer, Audio Production
Lewis Talley Producer, Audio Production
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Robert Price Liner Notes
Kelli Haggard Composer
Doug Colosio Composer
Mike Jason Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Olivia Kim Editorial Research
Bob Montgomery Producer, Audio Production
Charles "Fuzzy" Owen Audio Production
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