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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bandit Records
  • ASIN: B000HIVQ7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Footlights
2. The Race Is On
3. The Way I Am
4. She Thinks I Still Care
5. All My Friends Are Strangers
6. Things Have Gone To Press
7. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
8. Born With The Blues
9. Sick, Sober & Sorry
10. I Always Get Lucky With You
11. Sing Me Back Home
12. The Window Above
13. You Take Me For Granted
14. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Editorial Reviews

Nearly 25 years after their last album together (1982's A Taste of Yesterday's Wine), the Possum and the Hag reunite... with a twist. This time, they sing each other's songs. The conceit can be dangerous unless you're playing it for laughs, e.g., Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley on the former's 1960 television special. But though Jones puts more emotion into interpreting Haggard's songs than Hag reciprocates, these two old legends manage to pull it off. And with the help of producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson), they keep the music solid, too, spotlighting steel guitar great Norm Hamlet and celebrated piano sideman Pigg Robbins, who played on many of their original recordings. Jones particularly shines on "The Way I Am," and Haggard proves sublime on "I Always Get Lucky with You." Where the album really lights up, however, is on the duo's pocketful of duets, starting with a poignant and intensely resonant rendition of Haggard's classic aging-musician ballad, "Footlights." Surprisingly, the repertoire never seems tired, and there's a surprise around every corner: Rhonda Vincent adding splendid harmonies on Haggard's new "Born to the Blues" and Jones turning transcendent on a confessional line about being "crazy and lonely." Just as these ragged masters take their leave, they put a little more Western in Duke Ellington's swing ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore"), filling in the middle with a warm, nostalgic banter that reminds listeners just how much these two have seen and done. Who knew hard-luck autobiography could sound so exquisite? --Alanna Nash

Product Description

Nashville, TN (Bandit Records) - Iconic legends and superstars George Jones and Merle Haggard recorded an album together for the first time in almost 25 years. The old friends and touring buddies are planning to go into the studio this summer to pay tribute to each other. Jones recorded five of his favorite Haggard songs and Haggard recorded five of his favorite Jones songs. In addition to harmonizing on each other's songs, they also recorded several duets, including the title song of the album, Kicking Out The Footlights...Again, which Haggard penned. Produced by KEITH STEGALL (Alan Jackson and George Jones) the contains many of the two music industry legends' most well loved tunes including ''She Thinks I Still Care,'' ''Silver Wings,'' ''The Window Up Above'' and ''The Way I Am.'' The last time we recorded together was 25 years ago, and though we've both changed a lot over the years, our love for real country music and respect for each other has only gotten stronger, ' Jones said from his Franklin, TN. house. ''The fans want to hear Hag sing a Jones song and me sing one of Hag's.'' Recognized as two of the only authentic country interpreters left today, Jones Haggard have a long history of occupying iconic positions not only in country music's legacy, but pop's as well. They have influenced virtually every country music artist who has come along in the last 50 years and every bar band in America sings Haggard and Jones nightly. Haggard just completed several dates opening for The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and Jones has been celebrated by everyone from Keith Richards to Harry Connick, JR.

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This is a must for any *real* country music fan.
Steven Earl Raynor
This is the best CD issued this year, a romp through some of the great songs associated with George Jones and Merle Haggard.
Paul W. Dennis
Excellent listening - one of those CD's one just wants to play over and over again...
C. T. Schalkwyk

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on October 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
George Jones. Merle Haggard. Singing each others' songs, plus an occasional spirited duet. I mean, really, what's the point of reading this review--you know you're gonna buy the damn album anyways.

Needless to say, this is probably one of the best records to come out this year. The Possum and the Hag are good friends--their friendship being one of mutual respect and recognition. Both are talented individuals (the word "talent" really isn't powerful enough), and both have seen some hard times in their hard lives. You can hear it in their songs--and on this album, they get to sing songs the other made a hit. I'd give you a list of highlites, but the entire album is worth repeated listening, so it's kind of pointless. From the opening (and somewhat depressing) "Footlights" to the closing "Don't Get Aroud Much anymore" (with Haggard and Jones breaking into fits of bemused friendly laughter, plus the wry joke here and there), this album is a classic. Buy it; just buy it. If you love country music, then by God buy this album. THIS is what country music really is--THIS is what God intended country music to be. Or maybe the devil...Whoever it was, they had damn good taste in music.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Gervickas on November 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm borrowing from the new Jerry Lee CD for the title of my review, because the best two CD's I've purchased in a while are the Killer, and this one featuring the two greatest country singers of all time (sorry Hank and Lefty!). I was intrigued (and a little worried) when I heard about this CD (and the concept behind it). With Jones being 75 years old, and having significant vocal problems in recent years, and Merle almost 70 trying to sing songs associated with a man that just cannot be outsung - the possibility of a very disappointing disc was certainly a possibility. My fears were somewhat realized in regards to George. He certainly puts everything he has left into his covers of Hag tunes, but much of his range is absent on this disc (I've read that he has been having bad allergy problems, which affected him on these recordings). Notice the difference on "Don't get around much anymore", which is from a different session recorded at Hag's studio. You can hear the low end of Jones' voice, missing on the other cuts. On the other hand (much as he did on "Roots"), Hag reaches for notes he hadn't hit in years - and rivals Jones' originals on "Window up above", "Things have gone to pieces", and even "The race is on". For a almost 70-year old Merle to even come close to a very young George on those cuts is incredible. The song selection is mostly good, if not a bit predictable. Merle covers George covering him on "I always get lucky with you", and I would rather have heard George on "I threw away the rose" or "Swinging doors" than on "Sing me back home" (a song that is just to personal to resonate by another artist, IMO). George could have nailed "The way I am" and "Strangers" in his prime, but these versions are still pretty good.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Robson on October 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Got my hands on this CD the day it was released and have played it over and over and...It's been about 25 years since George and Merle did a CD together. Their last one was good, this one is great.

I've listened to George and Merle and been to their shows for about 40 years so I know their songs very well. It takes a little getting used to when you hear Merle sing The Race Is On and George sing I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink.The first couple of times I played the Cd I would know which song it was after a couple of chords but the wrong guy was singing. It was great hearing the subtle differences in how they do songs made hits by each other. The duets are great too. You can tell they are having fun. I'd love to see a DVD of the recording sessions.

I have a lot of country music, real country music, and this CD goes in to the top tier of my collection. Any fan of real country will love this Cd.

In the last song Merle says "George we gotta get back on the radio". I hope some of the idiots running so called country stations have sense enough to play the songs from this CD.

I saw George at a show a few months ago and he told the audience that he and Merle are trying to put a tour together for 2007-I sure hope they get it done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HagFan on November 1, 2006
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Folks, this not the album of the year. This is the "Real" Country album of the decade! This album is the kick in the butt that "True" Country music has needed for years. Normally, when I buy a new album, if it is truly "great", most of the songs hit me right away. On this release by The Hag and George, every song sounded like the greatest country music that I'd ever heard. My feelings are that Merle and George hand picked each others songs to sing that each one thought that they would do the most justice to the originals. Because, as a couple of other reviewers alluded to was the fact that on first listening, you weren't quite sure which one of the two was singing. Until Hag or George put their own very recognizable nuances at times in each song.

One of the reviewers mentioned something about Merle Haggard not sounding that great on this album(I really can't remember what exactly he said), but I totally disagree. You see, Hag had alot of dental work done a couple of years ago. And, if you know anything about singing, the quality of your dental work has a great affect on your voice. The best example that I can give you on this album is when Hag sings George's song "Things Have Gone To Pieces". Hag hasn't hit the high notes that he hits on this tune in years. And, he and George's voices are so crystal clear. Great production on this album, although I know that some of these songs were done in one take "Live".

If the Country music stations, and "country" music itself, was what it was about 15 years ago, every song on this album would be a potential Number One hit.
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