Merle Haggard Same Train, Different Time
Rolling Stone: "...Although the 25-cut concept album was originally given short shrift within country's singles market, it remains a classic..."
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- Released: November 2, 1993
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Bear Family
Rolling Stone - 5/4/95, p.70"...Although the 25-cut concept album was originally given short shrift within country's singles market, it remains a classic..."
- 1.Jimmie the Kid
- 2.My Rough and Rowdy Ways
- 3.California Blues [Blue Yodel No. 4]
- 4.Narration, No. 1
- 5.Hobo's Meditation
- 6.Waiting for a Train
- 7.Mother, the Queen of My Heart
- 8.My Carolina Sunshine Girl
- 9.Narration, No. 2
- 10.Train Whistle Blues
- 11.Why Should I Be Lonely?
- 12.Jimmie's Texas Blues
- 13.Midnight Turning Day Blues (Blue Yodel No. 6)
- 14.Narration, No. 3
- 15.Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)
- 16.Peach Picking Time in Georgia
- 17.Down the Old Road to Home
- 18.Travelin' Blues
- 19.Miss the Mississippi and You
- 20.Frankie and Johnny
- 21.No Hard Times
- 22.Narration, No. 4
- 23.Hobo Bill's Last Ride
- 24.My Old Pal
- 25.Nobody Knows But Me
- 26.Narration, No. 5
- 27.Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel (Women Make a Fool Out of Me)
- 28.Mississippi Delta Blues
- 29.Gambling Polka Dot Blues
Personnel includes: Merle Haggard (vocals, guitar); James Burton (acoustic & electric guitars, dobro); Roy Nichols (guitar, harmonica); Lewis Talley (guitar); Norman Hamlet (steel guitar, dobro); George French, Jr. (piano); Roy "Junior" Huskey, Jr., Bob Morris, Jerry Ward (bass); Roy "Eddie" Burris (drums); Bonnie Owens, William Robert "Billy" Mize (background vocals).
Recorded at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California between August 26, 1968 and February 26, 1969. Originally released as a 2 LP set on Capitol (SWBB-223). Includes original release liner notes by Hugh Cherry and new liner notes by Colin Escott.
Tributee: Bob Wills.
Scholars and fans acknowledge two early recording acts as the progenitors of modern country music: the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. The Carters established country's roots in old-time folk songs, sentimental ballads and rough, heartfelt harmony singing. Rodgers, the more influential of the two, merged African-American country blues with Anglo-Saxon melodicism and original, personal songwriting. Prior to the '60s, few artists lacked the influence of one or both of these acts. Rodgers was the avowed hero of Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, and Lefty Frizzell, to name just a few of his famous devotees. Frizzell, in fact, recorded the album of Rodgers songs that inspired Merle Haggard to record SAME TRAIN, DIFFERENT TIME.
Haggard has a natural affinity for Rodgers' songs of train-hopping, cop-dodging and heartbreak. He also sings bluesy runs with ease and conviction, and he can yodel, an ability often called for in Rodgers' songs. As a result, SAME TRAIN fits neatly into Haggard's body of largely original work, making the album a great introduction to the work of two of country music's masters. The Strangers--Haggard's great backing band featuring James Burton on dobro and guitar--add stellar support throughout.
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