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For the Record: 43 Legendary Hits


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  • Audio CD (August 24, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 24, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000JY9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mama Tried
2. Sing A Sad Song
3. Swinging Doors
4. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
5. Branded Man
6. Sing Me Back Home
7. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde
8. Hungry Eyes
9. Workin' Man Blues
10. Silver Wings
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Roots Of My Raisin'
2. Cherokee Maiden
3. Ramblin' Fever
4. I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
5. It's Been A Great Afternoon
6. Footlights
7. The Way I Am
8. Misery And Gin
9. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
10. Rainbow Stew
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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History occurs twice, first as tragedy, later as farce--or so the adage goes. With these new versions of old classics, Merle Haggard is somewhere between defying and fulfilling that fate. Some cuts are like faded carbon copies; others, given Hag's stately quaver, have a mellow poignancy; a few, like the duets with Jewel, Brooks & Dunn, and Alabama, are simply irrelevant. But just when you're ready to dismiss such misguided revisionism, there's a refreshed, superlative version of "Pancho and Lefty" and the perfected heartbreak of "Going Where the Lonely Go." To his credit, Haggard sticks with his long-running road band, and it's hard to imagine anyone else delivering these songs with more authority, more emotional insight. Anyone, that is, save their original interpreters: Merle Haggard and the Strangers of the '60s and '70s, whose definitive work can still be heard on collections like the four-CD Down Every Road and double-disc Lonesome Fugitive. Haggard may never make records that great again, but perhaps he'll find a new, and not redundant, way to harness his timeless gifts. --Roy Kasten

Customer Reviews

He has a wonderful voice, an awesome band, great tunes and amazing lyrics.
Jeffrey Copeland
If a person wants to hear the songs exactly as they sound on the radio--listen to the album at home.
B. Clay Shannon
If you want all his major hits in one double CD, this is an excellent value for money purchase.
Dino

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Having been an avid Haggard fan since my early teens (now 41) I have felt this man's joys and his sorrows, I can relate thru everybit of poetry that Merle composes and sings for "the common man" This CD set is an accomplishment of Merle's dedication to his art form, his love for man and country and the new freedom he has found to share his treasures with us his public. It dosen't matter which way a Haggard classic is sung, reproduced, or rearranged it is and always will be that pure strong influence that Merle has had on country music. People use the word legend to describe this country giant, I say ICON! Merle is the total sum of country music today. This album not only takes you on a total memory trip from hit to hit, but, if you are a dedicated Haggard fan you will remember when and where you were, when these songs had airplay on country radio. The works on the tracks, including; Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn, Jewell, Alabama proves that the versatility of this man who taught himself to play the guitar and fiddle compose the greatest country music of our time, live thru the life and times that he has, that we the fans only hope for many more years of the joy and endless hours of entertainment that he has provided. I further suggest that you check out Merle's autobiography "MY HOUSE OF MEMORIES"
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dino on July 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Re-recordings of 43 of Haggard's greatest hits, this double CD was recorded at the record company's request; Haggard himself had doubts about the project's validity as all the original recordings of these songs are still available. Can a sixty year old match or improve the standard he set up to 30 years previously? The answer is - sometimes. Haggard's voice had naturally changed during his decades-long career, devoloping a shrill edge in certain songs that required him to use the higher part of his range. He puts alot of life into songs that he not only recorded in the 60s and 70s (and beyond), but has sung in every concert ever since - Okie From Muskogee, The Fightin' Side Of Me and Mama Tried being obvious examples. Haggard is a superb ballad singer - listening to Natural High, one of his later hits re-recorded on this CD, it's clear that this is a singer of the highest quality. To appeal to a younger audience, both in country music and beyond, duets of Silver Wings and That's The Way Love Goes with Jewel are included, as are other duets with Brooks and Dunn, Alabama and Willie Nelson. Merle Haggard is one of the great voices in country, a true artist who has sung and written some of the greatest country music ever made. If you want all his major hits in one double CD, this is an excellent value for money purchase.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe Oliver on November 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
All the hits are here and for the first time in digital recordings. Haggard, like Sinatra in his later years, trades power and range in for deeper tonal qualities and interpretation. Maybe the performances are less than the earlier recordings, but its good to hear Hag still great at age 62. Best cuts: Silver Wings and That's the Way Love Goes.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By W. David Ferrell on April 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
These songs are classics... I mean great songs... but, don't waste your money on this collection: buy the originals. I love to hear Haggard sing his classics, and if this CD were recorded in concert I'd say buy it NOW, but it's not. It's represented here as 43 Classics, but these are not the classic hit recordings of these songs... they're all re-records made in 1995 (for I suppose the sake of making money that wasn't being made from the original records which were far superior to these). To put it in a nutshell, this collection is simply "Re-fried Hag".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John K. Puskar on June 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD set thinking the songs were the original recordings. I was wrong. I still respect Merle, and think he's still making wonderful contributions to real country music, but . . . he just didn't have the original strength & punch of his original recordings. It's like listening to Johnny Cash sing "Hurt," and imagining him singing Folsom Prison Blues in the same voice -- painful.

Avoid, avoid, avoid.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Some of Merle's fans don't like this at all, but I do. Perhaps some of the recordings are not quite as good as the originals, but others are certainly better. Great song that Okie from Muskogee is, the original was recorded live when a lot of other things were going on - listen closely to that version and you'll hear a lot of background noises (including popping) quite apart from the audience. The studio re-recording presented here has no such distractions.

As to the guest appearances, Jewel has been a fan of Merle's since childhood - no surprise really, as she is a very poetic lady, and Merle is the working man's poet. I wouldn't be surprised if Jewel records more country in the future. Alabama and Brooks and Dunn have more obvious credentials to be guests. I would have liked to see even more guests.

If you accept that these are the recordings of a 62-year old man (and if you can't, don't complain about major labels and radio stations ignoring country music's legends), what you are left with is a great collection of 43 of his finest songs (in chronological order) that you otherwise need to buy on different compilations. Even if (like me) you've got most of the originals, it's still convenient to have them all in one place.

For some people (including, perhaps, some Jewel fans who must have everything she recorded), this will be their first collection of Merle's. Some may not be impressed, but others will become country fans. Those who discredit this collection should think about that. If Merle gains a new generation of fans, more of his old music will be made available on CD, so we will all benefit.

As for me, I will continue to enjoy this collection as well as the original Capitol and Epic recordings.
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