Merle Haggard: Sing Me Back Home + The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde CD Track Listing

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Merle Haggard Sing Me Back Home + The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde (1968)
Sing Me Back Home + The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde\n2006 Capitol Records, Inc.\n\nThis compilation released February 21, 2006\n''Sing Me Back Home'' Originally Released 1968\n''Sing Me Back Home'' Remastered CD Edition Released October 23, 2001\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW (This Compilation) In early 2006, roughly in time for the 40th anniversary of Merle Haggard's debut album, Capitol Nashville launched an ambitious Haggard catalog project, reissuing ten albums as a series of five two-fers, each adorned with bonus tracks. All these albums had been reissued before, either stateside by Capitol or Koch or in the U.K. by EMI or BGO, but they've never have been given such an excellent treatment as they are here. The albums are paired together in logical, chronological order, the 24-bit digital remastering gives these recordings the best sound they've ever had, the front cover artwork is reproduced for each album on a two-fer, and the liner notes are candid and detailed. Dedicated Hag fans certainly have nearly all this material in their collection -- not only have the albums been on CD, but the bonus tracks have by and large appeared on Bear Family's box Untamed Hawk, which chronicled his early work for Capitol, or showed up on Capitol's own box, Down Every Road -- but they still may be tempted by this series, since these discs not only sound and look terrific, but they're also more listenable than any previous CD incarnation of these classic albums.\n\nAnd make no mistake, all ten albums featured in Capitol Nashville's first wave of Haggard reissues in February 2006 are classic albums; some may be a little stronger than others, but there's not a weak one in the bunch, and they all stand as some of the finest music of their time. The third of these two-fers pairs the first two of Merle's three 1968 albums, Sing Me Back Home and The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde. With these two records, Haggard's music began to deepen, as his writing grew more evocative and his musical range expanded. Of the two, Sing Me Back Home shared the most in common with its two predecessors, yet the arrangements were richer and subtly more ambitious -- witness the 12-string guitars that color his version of Dallas Frazier's "The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp." Haggard draws inspiration from one of his core influences, Lefty Frizzell, on a graceful cover of "Mom and Dad's Waltz," while he collaborates with Tommy Collins on the barroom anthem "Wine Takes Me Away" and Wynn Stewart on "My Past Is Present." Haggard's originals on Sing Me Back Home are assured and fully realized, whether it's on the rocking, funny "Seeing Eye Dog," the lazily bluesy "Good Times," or the deliberate answer to "The Bottle Let Me Down," "I'll Leave the Bottle on the Bar." It adds up to a record that isn't just a typically excellent Haggard album, but one that points the way to the progress of The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde.\n\nAlthough the title of The Legend may imply that this record is a concept album, Haggard's celebration of the legendary outlaws -- inspired by Arthur Penn's 1967 film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the title roles -- doesn't extend past the opening title track, nor does the ramped-up, neo-bluegrass of that song (featuring banjo by no less than Glen Campbell) echo throughout the record. Instead, it settles into a nice, mellow groove, building on the Bakersfield ballad style by adding slightly stronger folk influences and maintaining a reflective mood. Haggard relies on material from several different writers here, recording three songs by Dallas Frazier -- "Love Has a Mind of Its Own," "The Train Never Stops (At Our Town)," "Will You Visit Me on Sundays?" -- the Leon Payne tune "You Still Have a Place in My Heart," plus "Money Tree," another Lefty Frizzell cover. None of these are conventional choices, and they're given fine interpretations by Haggard, who also contributes two solid songs in "My Ramona" and "Because You Can't Be Mine." However, they're all overshadowed by "Today I Started Loving You Again," the timeless ballad Haggard co-wrote with Bonnie Owens that stands as one of his greatest moments. Its presence along with the terrific title track and Haggard & the Strangers' restless but quiet musical exploration make The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde yet another first-rate album from Hag, who was on a hell of a hot streak late in the '60s, as this two-fer amply illustrates. -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: (Sing Me Back Home) Sing Me Back Home follows the blueprint of Merle Haggard's first three albums, balancing a hit single with album tracks and a couple of covers, but there is a difference. Where the previous album Branded Man was a transitional album, hinting that Haggard's talents were deepening substantially, Sing Me Back Home is the result of the flowering of his talent. Like any '60s country album, there are a couple of throwaways (like "The Bottle Let Me Down" rewrite "I'll Leave the Bottle On the Bar"), but the majority of the album is full of rich material, from "The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp," "Good Times," and "Wine Take Me Away." -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine\n\nAmazon.com Editorial Review (Sing Me Back Home)\nThe title track to this 1968 LP, Hag's sixth, remains one of the most poignant and profound singles in country music history, a song of a doomed prisoner who wishes to escape his fate and return to the family fold through the capacity of music. The other 11 cuts that fill out the record may not quite reach those heights, but there isn't a slouch among them. Hag's versatility is on display: regretful "bottle" shuffles, bad-love weepers, and down-home blues accompany a heart-rending cover of Lefty Frizzell's "Mom and Dad's Waltz," which approaches the emotional power of Frizzell's original. The Strangers are, as usual, flawless, and Haggard's faith in all of the material (his own as well as others') gives his vocals incredible passion. --Marc Greilsamer \n\nHalf.com Album Notes\nPersonnel: Merle Haggard (vocals, guitar); William "Billy" Mize (guitar, background vocals); Glen Campbell, Roy Nichols, Lewis Talley (guitar); Norman Hamlet (pedal steel guitar); George French, Jr. (piano); Leon Copeland, Howard Lowe (bass); Roy Burris (drums); Bonnie Owens (background vocals).\n\nProducers: Ken Nelson, Charles "Fuzzy" Owen.\n\nRecorded at Capitol Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California in 1967. Includes liner notes by Daniel Cooper.\n\nDigitally remastered by Larry Walsh (Capitol Studios).\n\nMerle Haggard's hits have been anthologized many times by many different record companies, but for many years his actual albums, as they were originally released, have been unavailable. Koch Records has begun to rectify this situation by rereleasing a number of Haggard's early Capitol albums, among them 1968's SING ME BACK HOME.\n\nUntil the late '80s, the country music industry was entirely oriented toward singles, and many artists exerted minimal effort to release quality albums. Haggard has always been the exception to that rule. Perhaps because he is a gifted and prolific songwriter, Haggard has always been able to flesh out his albums with top-quality material. Among the non-single tracks on SING ME BACK HOME are such great originals as "Wine Take Me Away," "I'll Leave The Bottle On The Bar," and "Look Over Me." Haggard has never denied his debt to earlier country greats, and here he tips his hat to one of his favorites, Lefty Frizzell, with a fine cover version of "Mom And Dad Waltz." Thanks to Koch, fans unable to afford Bear Family's expensive UNTAMED HAWK box set can now enjoy all of Merle Haggard's great early recordings.\n\n
This country cd contains 25 tracks and runs 64min 41sec.
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  1. Merle Haggard - Sing Me Back Home (02:49)
  2. Merle Haggard - Look Over Me (02:55)
  3. Merle Haggard - The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp (02:58)
  4. Merle Haggard - Wine Takes Me Away (02:46)
  5. Merle Haggard - If You See My Baby (02:29)
  6. Merle Haggard - Where Does The Good Times Go (02:04)
  7. Merle Haggard - I'll Leave The Bottle On The Bar (02:39)
  8. Merle Haggard - My Past Is Present (01:57)
  9. Merle Haggard - Home Is Where A Kid Grows Up (02:25)
  10. Merle Haggard - Mom And Dad's Waltz (02:57)
  11. Merle Haggard - Good Times (02:39)
  12. Merle Haggard - Seeing Eye Dog (01:59)
  13. Merle Haggard - News Break (Previously Unissued) (01:21)
  14. Merle Haggard - The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde (02:06)
  15. Merle Haggard - Is This The Beginning Of The End? (03:03)
  16. Merle Haggard - Love Has A Mind Of Its Own (02:23)
  17. Merle Haggard - The Train Never Stops (02:22)
  18. Merle Haggard - Fool's Castle (02:48)
  19. Merle Haggard - Will You Visit Me On Sundays? (02:52)
  20. Merle Haggard - My Ramona (03:01)
  21. Merle Haggard - Today I Started Loving You Again (02:22)
  22. Merle Haggard - Money Tree (02:49)
  23. Merle Haggard - You've Still Got A Place In My Heart (02:32)
  24. Merle Haggard - Because You Can't Be Mine (02:42)
  25. Merle Haggard - A Picture From Two Sides Of Life (Previously Unissued Master) (03:31)

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