My Love Affair With Trains/The Roots of My Raising

My Love Affair With Trains/The Roots of My Raising

by Merle Haggard
     
 
This import BGO two-fer combines Merle Haggard's last two records for Capitol, both of them from 1976. My Love Affair With Trains harkens back to Haggard's tribute album to Jimmie Rodgers in spirit. It is narrated between cuts, offering different facts, from the history of the railroads to Haggard's personal observations. While

Overview

This import BGO two-fer combines Merle Haggard's last two records for Capitol, both of them from 1976. My Love Affair With Trains harkens back to Haggard's tribute album to Jimmie Rodgers in spirit. It is narrated between cuts, offering different facts, from the history of the railroads to Haggard's personal observations. While he only contributes one original to the set ("No More Trains to Ride"), it nonetheless bears a deeply personal and heartfelt stamp with cuts by Mark Yeary, the title by Dolly Parton, Dave Kirby, and Red Lane. Haggard weaves an iconographic history of the rails -- from past to present to uncertain future -- seamlessly and with great taste. Likewise, The Roots of My Raising is also a deep and moving personal statement. Again, there is only one original on the set ("Am I Standing in Your Way"), but it is no less symbolic an album than My Love Affair With Trains. The Roots of My Raising garnered Haggard two number one singles in the title track and Cindy Walker's classic "Cherokee Maiden," which had been a hit for Bob Wills in 1941 -- Haggard's version uses the same melody. These "roots" Haggard is referring to are loose and slippery; some of them are stylistic and musical roots, hence Jimmie Rodgers' "Delta Blues" and "Gamblin' Polka Dot Blues" as well as Lefty Frizzell's "I Never Go Around Mirrors," while others seem episodically biographical, such as Dave Kirby's "Walk on the Outside," Norm Hamlet's "The Waltz You Saved for Me," and the mythical but symbolic "What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana?" Together they mark an excellent bookend to the Capitol period, but both albums stand up just as well on their own.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261205445
catalogNumber:
544
Rank:
28115

Tracks

  1. My Love Affair With Trains
  2. Union Station
  3. Here Comes the Freedom Train
  4. So Long Train Whistle
  5. The Silver Ghost
  6. No More Trains to Ride
  7. The Coming and the Going of the Trains
  8. I Won't Give Up My Train
  9. Where Have All the Hobos Gone
  10. Railroad Lady
  11. The Hobo
  12. The Roots of My Raising
  13. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
  14. The Waltz You Saved for Me
  15. Walk on the Outside
  16. Gambling Polka Dot Blues
  17. Cherokee Maiden
  18. Am I Standing in Your Way
  19. Colorado
  20. I Never Go Around Mirrors (I've Got a Heartache to Hide)
  21. Mississippi Delta Blues

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