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Hag: Studio Recordings 1968-1976 Best of, Box set, Import


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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Concepts" Box a Must-have for Haggard fans Sept. 12 2010
By Michael A. Sugarman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Even though they are all excellent, it still seems like every Bear Family set I purchase outdoes all the others. No one exceeds Bear Family for the overall care and devotion they offer to every set; to my ears at least, the re-mastering is always superb and better than other digital issues of the same material. And if you like Merle Haggard, this is some of his best material -- the Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills tributes, the live LP's, and the hard-to-find Land of Many Churches double LP set. This is all rounded off by several instrumental LP's by Merle's excellent band the Strangers. Speaking of the Strangers, Merle featured Roy Nichols on guitar and Norm Hamlet on steel for years -- if they had been free lancers out making their own names, we would be assigning them to the same categories of expertise as pickers like James Burton (also on this set quite a bit) and Speedy West. My point is that the instrumental albums are excellent as well. The hard cover book included has a lot of informative text and some great photos (where does Bear Family come up with all these old pictures?). Maybe we take Merle Haggard for granted because he's been around for so long, written so many songs, issued so many LP's and CD's, played thousands of concerts, but make no mistake; as a singer/songwriter he is almost peerless and part of a very elite group with Hank Williams and Gordon Lightfoot and few others. I've seen him in concert a few times and I don't think the man has ever sung a bad or false note in his entire career. Any Bear Family set is more than worth the investment, but especially so in the case of Merle Haggard, who is one of the best ever.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Worship at the alter of Merle Haggard! Dec 7 2007
By Robert Lett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first Bear Family box on Haggard was many years ago, so I was starting to think the second was never going to come. But wow was it worth the wait! Bear Family once again dazzles us with an exaustive, great sounding embarrassment of riches from Merle Haggard. Expensive but worth every penny and then some. Keep em coming Bear Family!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
merle haggard-the studio recordings Feb. 8 2008
By Sharon Filtness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a passionate hag fan, I already own 50 cd's, but this is by far the best material I Have on Him. The cd cet is well presented and I can't say enough about the beautifully prepared book that comes in the set. Well done the Bear family for putting this together. I recommend this set to any Merle fan and to anyone who just likes their country music...Real country music......
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The set is complete Nov. 26 2010
By haypat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased the Untamed Hawk box set when it came out then the Capitol Recordings box set now this one.I already have all of these songs minus the unreleased and Strangers stuff.I'm hoping the live in Philidelphia concert sounds better on this compilation than the re-release that BGO records turned out.They tried to make a live album sound like a studio album.It's very muffled.Anyway you can't go wrong with Merle and the Strangers.Just enjoy
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Concepts, Live, Strangers Feb. 24 2010
By Gordon A. FitzGerald - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a quick review to set the "record" (CD) straight.
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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