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Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard 1966-2005 Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 26 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Capitol/EMI
  • ASIN: B000HC2PCM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Bottle Let Me Down
2. Branded Man
3. Sing Me Back Home
4. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde
5. Today I Started Loving You Again
6. Mama Tried
7. I’m Bringing Home Good News
8. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
9. Hungry Eyes
10. Workin’ Man Blues
11. Silver Wings
12. Okie From Muskogee
13. The Fightin’ Side Of Me
14. Someday We’ll Look Back
15. If We Make It Through December
16. Things Aren’t Funny Anymore
17. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
18. Old Man From The Mountain
19. Living With The Shades Pulled Down
20. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink
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Capitol Records will release Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard, a single disc career spanning anthology featuring 26 tracks from the country legend.

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By alain robert TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 27 2010
Format: Audio CD
By buying this,you don't have all the good songs that MERLE HAGGARD produced from 1966 to 2006,but if you never heard any songs by him, which was i confess my case,it is a perfect cd to discover one of country music's true living ambassador.Once you start listening to that collection,i guarantee that you will want to dig deeper into his discography.I am now almost ashamed to admit that i didn't know HAG.My only complain about the selection is the inclusion of duets which i am not to fond of,but this is a minor complain because his songs are so enjoyable and often autobiographical.I must say to conclude that the legend of MERLE HAGGARD is not exagerated,he is a truely great artist.I now can distinguish a MERLE song easily which means that i became a fan.
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One of the great country artists of the 20th century. Merle had a clean sound and this album has it all. Some of these songs bring me back to a time when I was 10 years old it was an era when we had so many talented country artists. Merle was an up and commer with so much raw talent he was simply the best of his time.
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By Daniel on Nov. 3 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Good. Some of my favorites with some that aren't.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
The Best Single Disc Out There On This Artist Dec 22 2007
By JG - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I say artist since Merle is indeed an icon not some single/45 maker typically known to this genre of music but a serious artist that is best served up on individual albums showing his development or with the great box set "Down Every Road" that beautifully sums it all up and belongs in any serious CD collection.
The song selection here on HAG is a great mix and flows seamlesly and is enough to turn any rock fan into a country fan.
The sound is extraordinary as is the running time and liner notes and overall a great CD that included his famous duets with the great Johnny Cash(from the CASH CD Solitary Man),and the classic Willie Nelson cut Pancho and Lefty as well as a newer track with Toby Keith spanning a trip down memory lane circa 1962- 2005..Interesting photos of Merle standing over a grave site within as a middle age man with additional shots of him younger and the elder statesmen which he now is, akin to 2006 when this great CD hit.
40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest country artists ever.... March 26 2007
By Grigory's Girl - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I really like old country music. It's much more sincere and real that the current garbage permeating the airwaves. Merle Haggard is a prime example of that old country music. He's one of the greatest songwriters to emerge from country music, and his songs are still valid today. Many people dismiss him as a right wing blowhard because of songs like Okie from Muskogee and The Right Side of Me. I actually like Okie, and its criticisms of hippie lifestyles is kind of funny and true, considering hippies were silly and naive. I used to dislike The Right Side of Me, but it's grown on me over the last year, and it's not as jingoistic as I thought. Even if you don't like these 2 songs because of their (possible) right wing bias, one shouldn't dismiss everything Merle has done over his career because of them. Merle is a true artist and a complicated man. The Grateful Dead have covered his songs (most notably Mama Tried, included here), so even the hippie Dead recognized that Merle is a great songwriter, and his political views (which are probably more complicated than most people think) shouldn't matter when it comes to his art. Personally, I think there's more wisdom in a 3 minute Haggard song (and a Cline and Wiliams one) than in all the political rants of lefties and righties combined. There was a recent article on Amazon's plog about how people in Seattle were rather rude to him when he was performing, showing that liberals can be closed minded as well. The biggest surprise here is the duet Merle does with Toby Keith, She Ain't Hooked on Me Anymore. It's a great song, co-written by Keith himself, and it makes me want to go out and buy some CD's of Toby's. This is a wonderful collection, featuring many of Merle's greatest, including Mama Tried, Okie from Muskogee, Hungry Eyes, and The Bottle Let Me Down. Haggard is still going strong today, and his music will go on forever....
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Best introduction to a legendary artist. May 22 2007
By BillyG in Texas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you were going to buy a best of to introduce someone to Merle Haggard, this is a good one. Plenty of classics here, But I kind of wish they included more of his MCA and Epic era hits.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HAG ! Nov. 13 2009
By Midnight Rider - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of the best CD's of any genre music that I own. I'm not a big country fan but I have always liked Merle , Waylon Jennings , and Johnny Cash. This is as excellent a compilation of Merle's work that you will find. The recording is outstanding and there is not a bad selection on this long CD. I tell all the kids I teach who like contemporary country, which sounds like imitation Southern Rock to me , about this CD. I listen to this CD constantly and never get tired of it. This is what real country music is supposed to sound like.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Country Music's Natural Voice! Sept. 16 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What can anyone say about Merle Haggard that has not already been said? He has an awesome voice that brings for delightful country songs almost effortlessly. Years and years of quality songs and song writing that cannot be beat! High quality CD and a fair price. The delivery is super fast too!