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For the record 43 legendary hits
Haggard, Merle.
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Publication Information:
New York : BNA Records Label : BMG Distribution, 1999.
Physical Description:
2 audio discs (136 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Selections previously released 1963-1985

Compact disc.
Disc 1. Momma tried -- Sing a sad song -- Swinging doors -- I'm a lonesome fugitive -- Branded man -- Sing me back home -- The legend of Bonnie and Clyde -- Hungry eyes -- Workin' man blues -- Silver wings / duet with Jewel -- Okie from Muskogee -- The fightin' side of me -- Daddy Frank -- Carolyn -- It's not love (but it's not bad) -- Everybody's had the blues -- If we make it through December -- Old man from the mountain -- Things aren't funny anymore -- Movin' on / duet with Brooks & Dunn -- Always wanting you -- It's all in the movies.

Disc 2. The roots of my raisin' -- Cherokee maiden -- Ramblin' fever / duet with Alabama -- I'm always on a mountain when I fall -- It's been a great afternoon -- Footlights -- The way I am -- Misery and gin -- I think I'll just stay here and drink -- Rainbow stew -- My favorite memory -- Big city -- Pancho and Lefty / duet with Willie Nelson -- Are the good times really over -- Going where the lonely go -- Let's chase each other around the room -- A place to fall apart -- That's the way love goes / duet with Jewel -- Natural high -- Kern River -- Twinkle twinkle lucky star.
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Music CD


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COUNTRY .H145 FO Compact Disc Central Library

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Released to coincide with the publication of Hag's autobiography, My House of Memories, For the Record: 43 Legendary Hits is a lavish double-disc set of re-recordings of his biggest hits. With co-producer Lou Bradley, Haggard wisely keeps things spare, simple, and direct, letting the 1999 version of the Strangers, along with a number of studio musicians, treat these songs gracefully. Haggard's voice isn't what it used to be, but it's not bad, either, and he turns in respectable, enjoyable renditions throughout the album. Some listeners may find it to be a little disappointing that there are no real revelations here, but the music is always entertaining, and the duets -- with Willie Nelson, Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, and Jewel, whose inclusion may be surprising, but she acquits herself nicely -- are all strong. Of course, it doesn't function as a substitute for Haggard's classic original recordings, but longtime fans will likely find this to be a warm, enjoyable stroll through the past with one of country's all-time greats. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine