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Retrieved February 19, Merle Haggard: The Running Kind. University of Texas Press. Brumley, Jr. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. 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.
And make no mistake, all ten albums featured in Capitol Nashville's first wave of Haggard reissues in February 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 fifth two-fer of the initial wave paired Merle 's two albums, Hag and Someday We'll Look Back , two terrific, reflective records. Since that album, Haggard experienced great success with "Okie from Muskogee," which launched two quick live albums one bearing the name of the song, the other being The Fightin' Side of Me , plus an instrumental album by the Strangers , before the labor of love of the Wills album.
Perhaps Haggard had a great stock of songs saved up during those two years, because Hag is one of his absolute best albums -- which means a lot, because he recorded no shortage of great records. In contrast to the rowdy live albums and the raucous Western swing that preceded it, Hag is quite quiet and reflective, sometimes referencing the turmoil within America at the end of the '60s, but more often finding Haggard turning inward.
This album turned out no less than four hits, with three of them addressing larger issues: the revival of Ernest Tubb 's WWII hit "Soldier's Last Letter" is now cast in the shadow of Vietnam, Haggard 's original "Jesus, Take a Hold" ponders the state of the world, while Dave Kirby 's "Sidewalks of Chicago" is about homelessness.
The other hit was "I Can't Be Myself," a haunting admission that the singer "can't be myself when I'm with you," and it's only one of many great originals on Hag. The tempo picks up twice, each time at the end of the side, when he kicks out the self-deprecating "I'm a Good Loser" and the nostalgic rave-up "I've Done It All," but the heart of this is in the gentler material, such as the melancholic elegy of "Shelly's Winter Love," the sighing heartbreak ballad "If You've Got Time," and "The Farmer's Daughter," an affecting tale of a father giving away his daughter in marriage.
Each is an expertly observed, richly textured gem, and taken together they add up to one of Haggard 's best albums, and one of his most moving. Someday We'll Look Back follows through on the spirit of Hag. Like that record, much of Someday We'll Look Back is devoted to ballads, including both lush, string-laden country-pop crossovers and simple, folky tunes, but there are also hints of twangy Bakersfield honky tonk and blues, as well as Western swing.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods.The fifth two-fer of the initial wave paired Merle's two albums, Hag and Someday We'll Look Back, two terrific, reflective records. Arriving after the superb Bob Wills salute Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World, Hag was Haggard 's first collection of 10/