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40 #1 hits
Haggard, Merle.
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Publication Information:
Nashville, TN : Capitol Records Nashville, [2004]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact discs.

Selections previously released.
Disc 1. Branded man -- The fugitive -- Mama tried -- Sing me back home -- The legend of Bonnie and Clyde -- Hungry eyes -- Okie from Muskogee -- Workin' man blues -- The fightin' side of me -- Daddy Frank (the guitar man) -- Carolyn -- Grandma Harp -- It's not love (but it's not bad) -- Everybody's had the blues -- I wonder if they ever think of me -- If we make it through December -- Old man from the mountain -- Things aren't funny anymore -- Always wanting you -- It's all in the movies. Disc 2. Kentucky gambler -- Movin' on -- Cherokee maiden -- The roots of my raising -- I think I'll just stay here and drink -- I'm always on a mountain when I fall -- If we're not back in love by Monday -- Bar room buddies -- My favorite memory -- Big city -- Yesterday's wine -- Going where the lonely go -- Pancho and Lefty -- You take me for granted -- Let's chase each other around the room -- Someday when things are good -- That's the way love goes -- A place to fall apart -- Natural high -- Twinkle, twinkle lucky star.
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Format :
Music CD


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COUNTRY .H145 F Compact Disc Open Shelf
COUNTRY .H145 F Compact Disc Audio Visual
COUNTRY .H145 F Compact Disc Audio Visual
COUNTRY .H145 F Compact Disc Audio Visual

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With a title like 40 #1 Hits, it's easy to assume that the collection will contain nothing but number one hits, whether it's from the Billboard charts or Cash Box, and it's also easy to assume that it would contain all of an artist's number one hits. In the case of Merle Haggard's double-disc 2004 collection, neither is true. Using just the Billboard charts as a guide -- which is an assumption, since the liner notes do not specify which charts are used, but Billboard is the standard-bearer -- singles like "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall" and "If We're Not Back in Love by Monday" did not top the charts, and singles like "What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana" that did reach number one are absent. Still, these are exceptions to the number one rule, three of only a handful on this collection. Besides, quibbling about whether tracks reached number one or not doesn't matter to the average audience, who will view 40 #1 Hits as an excellent cross section of Hag's biggest and best material, and the only compilation outside of the classic Down Every Road box set to draw from his three main record labels: Capitol, MCA, and Epic. Not all the great songs are here, but nearly every song here is great, from 1967's "Branded Man" to 1988's "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star." Razor & Tie's The Lonesome Fugitive remains the best compilation of Haggard at his peak and Down Every Road the most comprehensive set, but this occupies a middle ground between the two, offering a thorough overview of Merle's long career as a country hitmaker, and it's a terrific listen to boot. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine