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Making a memorable return to the Capitol Records family, Merle Haggard checks in with a tasty sojourn into the world of classic pop standards that underscores his impeccable interpretive technique and the endearing warmth of his reinvigorated baritone. Backed by a small, jazz-oriented combo and using strings and horns discreetly, the Hag offers laid-back renditions of tunes both familiar and slightly obscure, such as the title track, the Ink Spots' 1946 classic "The Gypsy," and a delicate "Stardust" that finds Hag's searching vocal shadowed by a seductive horn line and a winsome guitar solo. He styles "I Can't Get Started" as a silky, sensuous groove tune with a smoky ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Making a memorable return to the Capitol Records family, Merle Haggard checks in with a tasty sojourn into the world of classic pop standards that underscores his impeccable interpretive technique and the endearing warmth of his reinvigorated baritone. Backed by a small, jazz-oriented combo and using strings and horns discreetly, the Hag offers laid-back renditions of tunes both familiar and slightly obscure, such as the title track, the Ink Spots' 1946 classic "The Gypsy," and a delicate "Stardust" that finds Hag's searching vocal shadowed by a seductive horn line and a winsome guitar solo. He styles "I Can't Get Started" as a silky, sensuous groove tune with a smoky sax solo, a feathery guitar line, a muted trumpet, and a gently swinging vocal. In the same vein are a couple of new tunes, including the blues-inflected, string-laden tear-jerker "I Can't Get Started with You" and the Hag original "What Love Can Do," a lilting pledge of love with a woozy, after-hours ambience. Toss in a stark, dramatic reading of "Cry Me a River" and a convivial, shuffling take on "Pennies from Heaven," and the package takes on classic dimensions. Like his idol Bob Wills (and not to overlook Willis's peerless lead singer, Tommy Duncan), the Hag may always be fundamentally country, but his expansive definition of the genre serves him, the music, and the fans well. Everything old is new again in these skillful hands.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As the '90s drew to a close, Merle Haggard left major labels behind, putting out a pair of excellent records on the punk label Epitaph before parting ways with them and releasing a politically charged album on an even smaller indie called Compendium, before quietly returning to his longtime home, Capitol, in 2004 with Unforgettable. This album is part of a long line of veteran singers tackling the American popular songbook -- i.e., pre-rock & roll vocal pop standards such as "As Time Goes By," "Stardust," and "I Can't Get Started." This may be a common move, but coming from the contrarian Haggard, it seems as idiosyncratic and comfortable as his collection of classic country covers, Roots, Vol. 1. Like that album, this is warm, relaxed and laid-back, impeccably performed, and pleasurable to hear. Not that it contains any surprises -- it's filled with low-key, piano-driven arrangements suited for a late-night smoky bar or any other of the many similarly styled standards records -- but what makes Unforgettable work is Haggard's easy, assured delivery. He may not reinvent these songs, but he sings them as if they were his own, making this a small, romantic gem for listeners who love Hag the singer as much as they love Hag the writer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2004
  • Label: Liberty
  • UPC: 724386371621
  • Catalog Number: 63716

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Haggard Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Bobby Wood Piano
Biff Adam Drums
Gary Church Trombone
Eddie Curtis Bass
Floyd Domino Piano
Joe Manuel Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Freddy Powers Acoustic Guitar, Drums
Kevin Price Cello
Joe Reed Bass
Clint Strong Electric Guitar
Catherine Styron Piano
Redd Volkaert Acoustic Guitar
Randy Mason Acoustic Guitar, Drums
Larrie Londin Drums
Leland Sklar Bass
Mike Wheeler Electric Guitar
Abe Manuel Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Accordion
Oleg Schramm Piano
Tony Savage Conductor
Terry Domingue Drums
Rose Katai Violin
Soo Kyong Kim Viola
Don Markum Trumpet, Saxophone
Bruce McBeth Violin
B.B. Morse Bass
Abe Manuel Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Accordion
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Russ Morgan Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Lou Bradley Engineer
Johnny Burke Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Larry Greenhill Engineer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Freddy Powers Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Billy Reid Composer
John B. Sparks Mastering
Larry Stock Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Hollis Flatt Mastering
Arthur Johnston Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
James Cavanaugh Composer
Colette Taber Groomer
Theresa Lane Haggard Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Tony Savage String Arrangements
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it justs keeps getting better

    merle haggard is like fine wine . he gets better with time

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