Hag: Studio Recordings 1968-1976 Import, Box set, Best of
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2007 release of a mammoth 6CD box set (LP size) of the Country & Western icon's complete recordings between 1968 and 1976 on the Capitol label presented on this edition by the Bear Family label. As with all their meticulous boxes, you are assured of quality transfers along with the best graphics/photos and notations in a hardcover book from these connoisseurs of great music.
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Existing reviews are for Hag- Studio Recordings; this is Hag- Concepts, Live, Strangers.
I like disc 1 (Jimmie Rodgers tribute) the most. Great songs, excellent guitar work and arrangements. Beautiful and moving. Close to folk music, but product of one person's view of life in the 1930's or so. Excellent mix of styles- blues, dixieland, standards, old timey.
Disc 2 is Bob Wills tribute plus live Okie. This too is very good, as so are the originals. Live disc is also very good, most songs were studio-recorded as well.
Disc 3- more live recordings. I like his imitations of Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash- funny and somehow, Merle manages to sound just like them. Talented fellow! Have had enough versions of "Okie" though.
Disc 4- live recordings at churches. I'm not a southern baptist, but still found much of this quite moving (I like San Quentin choir "Give me that old time religion"- some talent is locked up out there.) As with disc 1, has historic/cultural interest, and was an interesting idea.
Disc 5 + 6- Mostly Strangers' instrumentals and some vocals, with occasional Merle interjections. These are a lot of fun, laid-back, lots of different styles. Some catchy tunes ("pickin corn"), good spirit.
Expensive to buy, but worth it for me.
I like the historic value of the different styles and periods in US history, and the obvious love of music and life that can be felt. We can't (and shouldn't) hold on to and live in the past, but good music can liven up and add to the present. Glad Merle did these projects.
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