Thursday, September 6, 2018

Merle Haggard - Down Every Road 1962-1994 (1996)


Country | Mp3 320 kbps | 4 CD | 683 Mb

Merle Haggard is a rarity: a complex artist whose rich scope can accurately be summarized through singles, but who has far more great material than can be fit on one or two discs. Which, of course, makes him the perfect candidate for a box set, and Capitol released the first comprehensive Hag retrospective in 1996 with the four-disc set Down Every Road. Since Haggard has such a rich, consistent body of his work -- the best of his MCA and Epic periods, two eras that are covered here, hold their own next to his seminal Capitol material -- even four discs leave behind many a great song, yet only those who already own all the albums would argue about omissions, because this offers a generous 100 songs, spanning from his earliest work for Talley in the early '60s to his Epic sides of the late '80s, containing all of his big hits and an expert selection of album tracks, such as "Tulare Dust," "Holding Things Together," and "Living With the Shades Pulled Down," that reveal the depth of his music. This is a body of work with few peers in all of popular music -- the variety of styles and sounds, his ease on freewheeling Western swing and plaintive ballads, his inventive, nuanced originals and expert ear for material, his supple voice and underrated guitar playing, and the support from his brilliant band, the Strangers, all add up to one of the greatest catalogs in 20th century music. And while you can get the basics from Razor & Tie's excellent double-disc set The Lonesome Fugitive, only Down Every Road captures the full extent of his gifts, in a way that is compulsively listenable as well. It's not just the perfect Merle Haggard box set, it's one of the greatest box sets ever released as well, since it truly presents all sides of its subject, while offering nothing but sheer pleasure in terms of mere listening. Plus, this is the only place to find some of these great songs, including the aforementioned trio of album tracks, on CD, which makes it necessary for those who already own the albums.

CD 1 - 1962-67
1. Skid Row (1:48)
2. Sing A Sad Song (2:36)
3. You Don't Even Try (2:19)
4. Sam Hill (2:35)
5. (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers (2:32)
6. Just Between The Two Of Us (2:46)
7. If I Had Left It Up To You (2:26)
8. I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can (2:02)
9. Swinging Doors (2:55)
10. The Bottle Let Me Down (2:50)
11. High On A Hilltop (3:01)
12. I'll Look Over You (2:12)
13. The Fugitive (3:00)
14. House Of Memories (2:49)
15. All Of Me Belongs To You (2:43)
16. Mary's Mine (2:59)
17. Someone Told My Story (2:35)
18. Go Home (2:37)
19. Whatever Happened To Me (3:00)
20. Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive (2:37)
21. I Threw Away The Rose (3:23)
22. Branded Man (3:09)
23. You Don't Have Very Far To Go (2:22)
24. Somewhere Between (3:08)
25. Sing Me Back Home (2:51)
26. The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp (3:01)
27. Seeing Eye Dog (2:00)

CD 2 - 1968-70
1. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde (2:08)
2. I Started Loving You Again (2:24)
3. Is This The Beginning Of The End (3:06)
4. I'll Always Know (2:24)
5. Mama Tried (2:15)
6. In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (2:47)
7. Teach Me To Forget (3:17)
8. I'm Looking For My Mind (2:12)
9. The Day The Rains Came (2:42)
10. California Blues (Blue Yodel #4) (2:52)
11. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am (2:50)
12. I'm Bringin' Home Good News (2:50)
13. I Can't Hold Myself In Line (2:57)
14. It Meant Goodbye To Me When You Said Hello To Him (2:34)
15. Hungry Eyes (3:30)
16. Silver Wings (2:46)
17. Waitin' For A Train (2:54)
18. Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel (The Women Make A Fool Out Of Me) (3:09)
19. California Cottonfields (2:49)
20. White Line Fever (2:51)
21. Workin' Man Blues (2:37)
22. Okie From Muskogee (2:46)
23. I Can't Stop Loving You (Live) (2:56)
24. Huntsville (3:09)
25. Irma Jackson (2:29)
26. The Fightin' Side Of Me (2:55)
27. I'll Be A Hero (When I Strike) (2:03)

CD 3 - 1971-76
1. Right Or Wrong (2:38)
2. Trouble In Mind (3:14)
3. Stay A Little Longer (2:49)
4. The Farmer's Daughter (2:55)
5. Tulare Dust (1:47)
6. Carolyn (2:33)
7. Someday We'll Look Back (2:30)
8. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) (3:10)
9. Grandma Harp (2:11)
10. It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) (3:20)
11. I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me (2:50)
12. If We Make It Thought December (2:42)
13. The Emptiest Arms In The World (2:52)
14. Everybody's Had The Blues (3:07)
15. Things Aren't Funny Anymore (2:42)
16. Honky Tonk Night Time Man (2:38)
17. Holding Things Together (2:58)
18. Here In Frisco (2:29)
19. Kentucky Gambler (2:40)
20. Always Wanting You (3:06)
21. Living With The Shades Pulled Down (2:56)
22. Running Kind (3:02)
23. It's All In The Movies (3:12)
24. The Way It Was In '51 (3:21)
25. I Never Go Around Mirrors (2:44)
26. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana (3:06)

CD 4 - 1977-94
1. If We're Not Back In Love By Monday (3:18)
2. Ramblin' Fever (3:11)
3. It's Been A Great Afternoon (2:49)
4. Red Bandana (2:35)
5. Footlights (4:04)
6. My Own Kind Of Hat (2:57)
7. Misery And Gin (2:52)
8. Leonard (3:40)
9. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink (4:33)
10. Rainbow Stew (2:39)
11. Big City (3:04)
12. Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver) (4:17)
13. You Take Me For Granted (2:46)
14. Pancho And Lefty (4:49)
15. That's The Way Love Goes (3:04)
16. Someday When Things Are Good (3:34)
17. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room (2:53)
18. Kern River (3:24)
19. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star (3:26)
20. In My Next Life (3:50)


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