Ramblin' Fever (04:00) Merle Haggard
Chores (03:09) Merle Haggard
I Am an Island (03:37) Merle Haggard
What's New in New York City (02:50) Merle Haggard
Today I Started Loving You Again (03:45) Jeff Carson / Merle Haggard
Me and Crippled Soldiers (03:18) Merle Haggard
When It Rains It Pours (03:30) Merle Haggard
Blue Jungle (02:29) Merle Haggard
Sometimes I Dream (03:02) Merle Haggard
Untanglin' My Mind (04:12) Merle Haggard
Sin City Blues (02:32) Merle Haggard
Five Days a Week (02:13) Merle Haggard
Declining record sales and the rise of the "fresh country" (read: Shania Twain) radio format in the '90s may have deflated Merle Haggard's spirits, but this set makes clear that his songwriting skills remained undiminished. Here, he experiences the loss of a wife in small, significant ways in the tight "Chores" and trades on the same populist appeal of "Okie From Muskogee" with "Me and Crippled Soldiers," a classic Haggard blue-collar anthem against flag burning.
"When It Rains It Pours" is a timbale-laced foray into Jimmy Buffet territory that reveals Haggard chafing against his hitless status, but with "Blue Jungle" and "Sometimes I Dream" ("seldom I laugh / and seldom I ever cry / but there's times when I drink too much / and there's times when I lie" [lines that are classic Haggard]), he's back on his own turf. MERLE HAGGARD: BEST OF THE '90s is less a chronicle of the man's hits during that decade than of his absence from country's radar screen, and the loss it caused for fans and the country-music genre.
Kunstenaar Merle Haggard
Product type CD
Aantal tracks 12
Bezorgdatum: tussen dinsdag, 14. juli en donderdag, 16. juli
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