Merle Haggard Strangers / Swinging Doors and The Bottle Let Me Down [Capitol]

Strangers / Swinging Doors and The Bottle Let Me
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  • Released: February 21, 2006
  • Label: Capitol

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.95
4 stars out of 5 -- "Haggard was more about subtlety and West Coast calm. A hummable, elastic honky-tonk tune can convey everything he wants to say."


  • 1.(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers
  • 2.Falling for You
  • 3.Please Mr. D.J.
  • 4.You Don't Have Far to Go
  • 5.Sing a Sad Song
  • 6.Sam Hill
  • 7.I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can
  • 8.You Don't Even Try
  • 9.If I Had Left It Up to You
  • 10.I'd Trade All of My Tomorrows (For Just One Yesterday)
  • 11.The Worst Is Yet to Come
  • 12.Walking the Floor Over You
  • 13.I'm a Lonesome Fugitive - (alternate take)
  • 14.Jimmie the Kid - (previously unreleased)
  • 15.Swinging Doors
  • 16.If I Could Be Him
  • 17.The Longer You Wait
  • 18.I'll Look Over You
  • 19.I Can't Stand Me
  • 20.The Girl Turned Ripe
  • 21.The Bottle Let Me Down
  • 22.No More You and Me
  • 23.Someone Else You've Known
  • 24.High on a Hilltop
  • 25.This Town's Not Big Enough
  • 26.Shade Tree (Fix-It Man)
  • 27.Skid Row - (alternate take)
  • 28.When No Flowers Grow - (previously unreleased)
  • 29.I Thew Away the Rose - (alternate take)

Product Description:

Audio Remasterer: Randy LeRoy.
This 2006 twofer compiles Merle Haggard's very first solo ventures, discounting JUST BETWEEN THE TWO OF US (co-billed to Bonnie Owens). While 1965's STRANGERS finds the young Bakersfield country singer still getting his musical bearings, it features a number of excellent singles, including the woeful "You Don't Have Far to Go" and a rollicking cover of Ernest Tubb's "Walking the Floor Over You." SWINGING DOORS AND THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN marks the emergence of a more confident Hag, with the title calling attention to two of the record's finest tunes--the honky-tonk ode "Swinging Doors" and the classic "The Bottle Let Me Down," a woozy lament about an unsuccessful attempt to drink away a broken heart. This release also includes alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks, making it an excellent value and an essential collection for Haggard fans.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 115,266
  • UPC: 094634480222
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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