The Complete '60s Capitol Singles

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Merle Haggard's Capitol recordings have been anthologized countless times so it could stand to reason there isn't much use for another CD of Hag's '60s sides. That assumption is decidedly wrong. Omnivore's 2013 set, The Complete '60s Capitol Singles, is the first compilation to present nothing but the A- and B-sides from Hag's '60s Capitol singles. After 1965's "Strangers," every single Merle released in the '60s apart from 1967's self-mythologizing "Someone Told My Story" reached the Billboard Country Top 10, constituting one of the great runs in country music, a run not diminished by the presence of the single's flipsides, which are sturdy songs cut from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Merle Haggard's Capitol recordings have been anthologized countless times so it could stand to reason there isn't much use for another CD of Hag's '60s sides. That assumption is decidedly wrong. Omnivore's 2013 set, The Complete '60s Capitol Singles, is the first compilation to present nothing but the A- and B-sides from Hag's '60s Capitol singles. After 1965's "Strangers," every single Merle released in the '60s apart from 1967's self-mythologizing "Someone Told My Story" reached the Billboard Country Top 10, constituting one of the great runs in country music, a run not diminished by the presence of the single's flipsides, which are sturdy songs cut from the same cloth as the A-side. By setting the parameters at Capitol, several of Merle's earliest hits are absent -- "Sing a Sad Song," "Sam Hill," and "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" were all released on the Californian independent label Tally, so they're not here -- and while they're missed, The Complete '60s Capitol Singles does offer something no other Haggard compilation has: each of these songs is presented in their original mono mixes, so this replicates how Merle Haggard would have been heard on the radio and on jukeboxes across America. This is how Merle Haggard sounded in the '60s, when he catapulted from Bakersfield to the top of the charts, defining the sound of country music in the latter half of the decade, and by focusing intently on Haggard's legacy-creating hot streak, this Omnivore collection re-creates the sound and feel of Merle at his peak, so it's valuable even for those who already have this material elsewhere, whether it's in career-spanning compilations or Bear Family's in-depth exploration of these years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings
  • UPC: 816651013616
  • Catalog Number: 101361
  • Sales rank: 12,459

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Haggard Primary Artist
Glen Campbell Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Reed Guitar
James Burton Dobro, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Tommy Collins Guitar
Jim Gordon Drums
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Jack Collier Guitar
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Norm Hamlet Dobro, Steel Guitar
Ralph Mooney Steel Guitar
Bob Morris Bass
Roy Nichols Guitar, Harmonica, Vocal Harmony
Bonnie Owens Vocal Harmony
Lewis Talley Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Billy Mize Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Ward Bass
Bobby Austin Bass
Bert Dodson Bass
Eddie Burris Drums
James Ellington Piano
George French Jr. Piano
Junior Huskey Bass
Ronnie Tutt Drums
Willard Price Bass
Shorty Mullins Guitar
Peaches Price Drums
Paul Baugh Guitar
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Casey Anderson Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Hank Cochran Composer
Ken Nelson Original Album Producer
Bonnie Owens Composer
Don Rich Composer
Deke Dickerson Liner Notes
Fuzzy Owen Original Album Producer
Liz Anderson Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Donna Austin Composer
Bryan George Licensing
Reuben Cohen Mastering
Clifford Hills Contributor
Ray Burris Composer
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