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HAGGARD, Merle: The Troubadour - 4-CD box set + 68pp book
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4-CD box set (LP-format) with 68-page hardcover book, 111 tracks, total playing time approx. 6 hrs 38 mns. Merle Haggard's overlooked and underappreciated MCA recordings capture the great country singer-songwriter reemerging from his mid-career crossroads. 111 tracks spanning from 1976 to 1981, covering eight LPs plus the 'lost' album later sold to CBS. Four unissued songs, including the recently discovered original recording of 'Troubadour'. Three songs never on album, including 'The Bull And The Beaver', his #8 country duet with Leona Williams. Both hit singles from the 'Bronco Billy' soundtrack, including 'Misery And Gin' and Haggard's chart-topping duet with Clint Eastwood, 'Bar Room Buddies'. Lavish 68-page hardcover book with rare photos and an extensive essay covering Haggard's MCA years. His celebrated, career-defining 11-year run with Capitol Records behind him, Merle Haggard was in a creative lull and pondering retirement when he signed with MCA. But after taking a six-month hiatus from performing, a refreshed and newly confident Haggard triumphantly returned to the footlights and the recording studios. His singing voice now mellowed into a comfortable baritone, and his newly retooled lineup of the Strangers could effortlessly shift from country to swing to down-home blues without hesitation. More importantly, an inspired Haggard began writing great songs again. This 4-CD collection gathers every existing master that Haggard recorded for MCA Records between 1976 and 1981. Among the highlights: 'My Farewell To Elvis,' Haggard's heartfelt tribute to his musical contemporary Elvis Presley. 'Serving 190 Proof,' the critically acclaimed, semi-autobiographical 1979 album that signaled Haggard's future musical direction. 'Back To The Barrooms,' the 1980 Jimmy Bowen-produced classic that yielded Haggard's chart-topping single 'I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink' and 'Leonard', his homage to a troubled friend, country stylist Tommy Collins.'Rainbow Stew,' a breathtaking October 1980 live set performed at Anaheim Stadium in front of more than 30,000 cheering fans, and 'Songs For The Mama That Tried,' an affectionate 1981 album of country gospel songs dedicated to his elderly mother. The set also includes 'It's All In The Game' and unreleased MCA material that CBS later acquired and parceled out among three Epic albums. Many great songs are associated with Haggard's MCA years, and they're all here: 'Ramblin' Fever', 'From Graceland To The Promised Land', 'I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall', 'It's Been A Great Afternoon', 'Red Bandana', 'Footlights', and 'My Own Kind Of Hat'. Produced with the singer's cooperation, 'Troubadour' includes a lavishly illustrated, full-sized book featuring Dave Samuelson's essay on the MCA era and a master sessionography. TRACKS: 1 The Troubadour 2 I Think It's Gone Forever 3 If We're Not Back In Love By Monday (unissued 4 Ramblin' Fever 5 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 6 Ghost Story 7 Set Me Free 8 Love Somebody To Death 9 Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride At All 10 My Love For You 11 The Last Letter 12 From Graceland To Promised Land 13 Blue Christmas 14 Are You Lonesome Tonight 15 In The Ghetto 16 Don't Be Cruel 17 Jailhouse Rock 18 Love Me Tender 19 That's All Right (Mama) 20 Heartbreak Hotel 21 Blue Suede Shoes 22 Merle's Farewell To Elvis 23 I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall 24 Life Of A Rodeo Cowboy 25 It's Been A Great Afternoon 26 Love Me When You Can 27 There Won't Be Another Now 28 Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) 29 There Ain't No Good Chain Gang 30 The Dream 31 The Immigrant 32 Mama I've Got To Go To Memphis CD 2: 1 The Bull And The Beaver 2 I'm Getting' High 3 Red Bandana 4 Driftwood 5 Sing A Family Song 6 Footlights 7 Got Lonely Too Early This Morning 8 Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine 9 I Can't Get Away 10 My Own Kind Of Hat 11 I Didn't Mean To Love You 12 Roses In The Winter 13 I Must Done Something Bad 14 The Way I Am 15 Wake Up 16 Sky-Bo 17 No One To Sing For (But The Band) 18 Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You) 19 Life's Just Not The Way It Used To Be 20 Where Have You Been 21 Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time 22 I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back 23 It Makes No Difference Now 24 It's Been So Long Darlin' 25 Misery And Gin (from the original soundtrack 26 Barroom Buddies 27 You Babe CD 3: 1 My Life's Been Grand 2 Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa 3 Love Keeps Hanging On 4 All In The Game 5 Why Can't I Cry 6 Bleachers 7 Love Don't Hurt Everything 8 Susie 9 Pennies From Heaven 10 Make-Up And Faded Blue Jeans 11 Ever Changing Woman 12 Help Save The Wild Life 13 Leonard 14 I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight 15 Dealing With The Devil 16 Can't Break The Habit 17 Lay Your Hands On My Heart 18 Back To The Barrooms Again 19 Our Paths May Never Cross 20 (I Don't Have) Any More Love Songs 21 I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink 22 I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight (outtake) 23 New Cocaine Blues 24 Easy Come, Easy Go 25 Easy Come, Easy Go (alt) CD 4: 1 When God Comes And Gather His Jewels 2 Suppertime 3 He Walks With Me 4 Softly And Tenderly 5 Why Me 6 Where No One Stands Alone 7 One Day At A Time 8 What A Friend We Have In Jesus 9 Swing Low Sweet Chariot 10 The Old Rugged Cross 11 Keep On The Sunny Side 12 The Fightin' Side Of Me 13 If We Make It Through December 14 Misery And Gin (live) 15 I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink (live) 16 Back To The Barrooms Again (live) 17 Our Paths May Never Cross (live) 18 Medley: The Running Kind / I'm A Lonesome Fug 19 Rainbow Stew (live) 20 Blue Yodel 9 (live) 21 Dealing With The Devil (live) 22 Fiddle Breakdown (live) 23 Sing Me Back Home (live) 24 Pearl Beer 25 The Man In The Mask 26 The Legends Begins 27 The Breaking Of Silver

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