Merle Haggard Okie From Muskogee (Live)
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- Released: October 23, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: EMI Special Products
Q - 4/02, p.1304 out of 5 stars - "...Superb full-on trad country, full of live sparkiness..."
Mojo (Publisher) - April 2002, p.121"...Haggard offered something that was downhome and honest....[he] provided a musical history lesson that spanned from the blue yodel era of Jimmie Rodgers...through to a then contemporary truckin' theme in White Line Fever..."
- 1.Introduction By Carlton Haney
- 2.Mama Tried
- 3.No Hard Times
- 4.Silver Wings
- 5.Merle Recieves The Key To Muskogee
- 6.Merle's Introduction To Medley
- 7.Swinging Doors
- 8.I'm A Lonsome Fugitive
- 9.Sing Me Back Home
- 10.Branded Man
- 11.In The Arms of Love
- 12.Workin' Man Blues
- 13.Merle's Introduction To 'Hobo Bill'
- 14.Hobo Bill's Last Ride
- 15.Billy Overcame His Size
- 16.If I Had Left It Up To You
- 17.White Line Fever
- 18.Blue Rock
- 19.Introduction To 'Okie From Muskogee'
- 20.Okie From Muskogee
Personnel incudes: Merle Haggard (vocals, guitar); Gene Price (vocals, bass).
Includes liner notes by K. Vincent.
Digitally remastered by Mark Chalecki (Capitol Mastering).
This is part of Capitol's Cornerstone series.
Audio Remasterer: Mark Chalecki.
Recording information: Muskogee, OK (1969).
The hit single title-tune didn't make it onto an LP for three years, but purchasers of this disc were getting something better, a good live album, the first of three concerts released by Haggard and the Strangers in less than four years. Cut in Muskogee, Oklahoma (where Haggard is given the key to the city and an award certifying him an "honorary Okie"), the first side is devoted to classics such as "Mama Tried," "Swinging Doors," "Working Man Blues," and "Sing Me Back Home" -- stuck amid these originals is a sizzling rendition of Jimmie Rodgers' "No Hard Times," and "In the Arms of Love," co-authored by Buck Owens and Gene Price (Haggard's bass player, who gets a featured vocal). Haggard opens side two with his song about the mythical Depression-era persona "Hobo Bill" (the Jimmie Rodgers-influenced "Hobo Bill's Last Ride"), premieres one new song ("Billy Overcame His Size"), and in the second half gives the Strangers a brief featured spot ("Blue Rock"), sandwiched between the Haggard anthems "White Line Fever" and a smooth rendition of "Okie From Muskogee." The Bakersfield sound is very well represented, with crisp rhythms and lean leads (by Roy Nichols), and Haggard is in excellent voice. ~ Bruce Eder & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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