Haggard, Merle

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

5:01 Blues
Used - LP - FE 44283
Mint, Unplayed 1989 Vinyl Rarity. First Copy We Have Seen In Eight Years. Gold Promo Stamp On Back Cover. more
5:01 Blues
New - LP - FE 44283
Sealed 1989 Original. First Copy We Have Seen In Eight Years. more
5:01 Blues
Used - LP - FE 44283
1989 US Vinyl Original, Still In Shrink. Hole Punch, Light Corner Rubs. Haggard's 47th Studio LP! more
A Friend In California
New - LP - FE 40286
Sealed 1986 Original With Custom Song Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. more
A Friend In California
Used - LP - FE 40286
1986 Original. Appears Unplayed. more
A Portrait Of Merle Haggard
New - LP - ST 319
Sealed 1969 Stereo Original With The Rare, Bonus Scrapbook Sealed Under The Rear Shrink Wrap. Clean Cut Out Hole. “Anyone Who Doubts That Merle Haggard Was One Of The Very Finest Country Acts Of The 1960s Should Give A Listen To This Album, Which Captured Hag When His Gifts As A Singer And Songwriter Were At Their Peak — And Before The Success Of "Okie From Muskogee" Encouraged His Grandstanding Tendencies (And Got Him Unfairly Branded As A Reactionary). Three Of Haggard's Finest Songs Appear On This Set — "Silver Wings," "Hungry Eyes," And "Workin' Man's Blues" — And Most Country Artists Would Be Happy To Cut Three Tunes This Strong During The Course Of Their Career, Let Alone As Part Of One Of Six Albums Hag Would Release In 1969. While Those Three Songs Are Inarguably The Album's Highlight, The Rest Of The Set Is Strong As Well, Including A Terrific Cover Of The George Jones Classic "She Thinks I Still Care," The Tough Honky Tonk Weepers "Who Do I Know In Dallas" And " I Die Ten Thousand Times A Day," And The Brass-Infused "Montego Bay." The Production And Arrangements Are Admirably Low-Key And To The Point, And Haggard's Vocals Are Deeply Emotive Without Overplaying His Hand. Quite Simply, This Is As Good As Nashville Product Got In 1969, And A First-Rank Example Of What Merle Haggard Did So Well.” Mark Deming, AMG. more
A Portrait Of Merle Haggard
New - LP - ST 319
Sealed, Rare 1969 Green Label With Purple Logo Stereo Original With The Bonus Scrapbook Sealed Under The Rear Shrink Wrap. “Anyone Who Doubts That Merle Haggard Was One Of The Very Finest Country Acts Of The 1960s Should Give A Listen To This Album, Which Captured Hag When His Gifts As A Singer And Songwriter Were At Their Peak — And Before The Success Of "Okie From Muskogee" Encouraged His Grandstanding Tendencies (And Got Him Unfairly Branded As A Reactionary). Three Of Haggard's Finest Songs Appear On This Set — "Silver Wings," "Hungry Eyes," And "Workin' Man's Blues" — And Most Country Artists Would Be Happy To Cut Three Tunes This Strong During The Course Of Their Career, Let Alone As Part Of One Of Six Albums Hag Would Release In 1969. While Those Three Songs Are Inarguably The Album's Highlight, The Rest Of The Set Is Strong As Well, Including A Terrific Cover Of The George Jones Classic "She Thinks I Still Care," The Tough Honky Tonk Weepers "Who Do I Know In Dallas" And " I Die Ten Thousand Times A Day," And The Brass-Infused "Montego Bay." The Production And Arrangements Are Admirably Low-Key And To The Point, And Haggard's Vocals Are Deeply Emotive Without Overplaying His Hand. Quite Simply, This Is As Good As Nashville Product Got In 1969, And A First-Rank Example Of What Merle Haggard Did So Well.” Mark Deming, AMG. more
A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World [Or, My Salute To Bob Wills]
New - LP - ST-638
Sealed 1970 US Pressing (Unable To Confirm Label Colour/If Its Reissue But Has No Bar Code). "After Releasing His Tribute To Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard Immediately Set About Working On A Tribute To His Other Major Musical Idol, Bob Wills. Haggard Learned How To Play Fiddle And, Within A Month, He Recruited Many Of The Original Playboys To Augment The Strangers And Began Recording The Album That Became A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player (Or My Salute To Bob Wills). Where Same Train, Different Time Was A Measured, Heartfelt Tribute, Best Damn Fiddle Player Is A Ragged, Enthusiastic Good Time. Haggard, The Strangers, And The Playboys Play Their Hearts Out, Breathing Life Into Wills Warhorses Like "Right Or Wrong," "Stay A Little Longer," "Time Changes Everything," And "San Antonio Rose," While Bringing Attention To Lesser-known Songs Like "Brain Cloudy Blues," "I Knew The Moment I Lost You," And "Old-fashioned Love." The Fact That Western Swing Re-established Itself As A Viable Country Genre After The Release Of A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player Is A Testament To The Power And Charm Of This Record." AMG - Stephen Thomas Erlewine. more
A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World [Or, My Salute To Bob Wills]
New - LP - ST-638
Sealed 1970 US Original. Pristine Copy With Small Clean Cut Hole. "After Releasing His Tribute To Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard Immediately Set About Working On A Tribute To His Other Major Musical Idol, Bob Wills. Haggard Learned How To Play Fiddle And, Within A Month, He Recruited Many Of The Original Playboys To Augment The Strangers And Began Recording The Album That Became A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player (Or My Salute To Bob Wills). Where Same Train, Different Time Was A Measured, Heartfelt Tribute, Best Damn Fiddle Player Is A Ragged, Enthusiastic Good Time. Haggard, The Strangers, And The Playboys Play Their Hearts Out, Breathing Life Into Wills Warhorses Like "Right Or Wrong," "Stay A Little Longer," "Time Changes Everything," And "San Antonio Rose," While Bringing Attention To Lesser-known Songs Like "Brain Cloudy Blues," "I Knew The Moment I Lost You," And "Old-fashioned Love." The Fact That Western Swing Re-established Itself As A Viable Country Genre After The Release Of A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player Is A Testament To The Power And Charm Of This Record." AMG - Stephen Thomas Erlewine. more
A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World: Or, My Salute To Bob Wills
Used - LP - SN-16279
80's Era All Analogue Reissue Of The Rare 1970 Album. more
A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World: Or, My Salute To Bob Wills
New - LP - SN-16279
Sealed US 1980's Reissue With Barcode On Rear And A Custom "Capitol Records Value" Hype Sticker For Their Mid-Line Series. "After Releasing His Tribute To Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard Immediately Set About Working On A Tribute To His Other Major Musical Idol, Bob Wills. Haggard Learned How To Play Fiddle And, Within A Month, He Recruited Many Of The Original Playboys To Augment The Strangers And Began Recording The Album That Became A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player (Or My Salute To Bob Wills). Where Same Train, Different Time Was A Measured, Heartfelt Tribute, Best Damn Fiddle Player Is A Ragged, Enthusiastic Good Time. Haggard, The Strangers, And The Playboys Play Their Hearts Out, Breathing Life Into Wills Warhorses Like "Right Or Wrong," "Stay A Little Longer," "Time Changes Everything," And "San Antonio Rose," While Bringing Attention To Lesser-known Songs Like "Brain Cloudy Blues," "I Knew The Moment I Lost You," And "Old-fashioned Love." The Fact That Western Swing Re-established Itself As A Viable Country Genre After The Release Of A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player Is A Testament To The Power And Charm Of This Record." AMG - Stephen Thomas Erlewine. more
Amber Waves Of Grain
Used - LP - FE 40224
1985 Original Still In Shrink With Custom Song Hype Sticker. A Live Album Recorded From The Holiday Star Theater, Merrillville, Indiana, And At The Bob Devaney Sports Complex, Lincoln, Nebraska. Remotely Recorded At Record Plant In NY. Co-Produced By Bob Montgomery. more
Amber Waves Of Grain
New - LP - FE 40224
Sealed, Hard To Find 1985 Original With Custom Song Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. more
Back To The Barrooms
New - LP - MCA 5139
Sealed, Shrink Intact -One Of His Best Albums more
Back To The Barrooms
Used - LP - 5139
1980 Original In Shrink Wrap. more
Back To The Barrooms
New - LP - 5139
Sealed 1980 Original. "Memories And Drinks Don't Mix Too Well/Jukebox Records Don't Play Those Wedding Bells." So Begins "Misery And Gin," The Opening Track On Merle Haggard's Strongest — And Second From Last — Outing For MCA. While This Album Is Deservedly Known For Its Four Classic Drinking Songs — The Aforementioned Cut, "Back To The Barrooms," "I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight," And "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink" — What Back To The Barrooms Is Really About Is The Wreckage Caused By Broken Amorous Relationships And Boozy Escape As The Only Way To Cope. Produced By Jimmy Bowen With His Progressive Country Style, He Understood Haggard's Wish To Utilize Horns And Strings In Ways Not Necessarily In Concert With Traditional Country Music — À La Bob Wills — Yet To Write And Perform In Grand Honky Tonk Fashion. Other Than Haggard's Relationship With Lewis Talley At Columbia, The Bowen-Hag Collaboration Was His Most Successful Of The 1970s. Haggard Wrote Or Co-Wrote The Majority Of The Album, And, Whether Intentionally Or Not, It Coincides With The Beginnings Of His Troubles With His Then-Wife, Songwriter Leona Williams (Whose Co-Write With Haggard, "Can't Break The Habit," Appears Here) As Chronicled In His Autobiography, Sing Me Back Home. This Album Features Haggard's Most Consistent, Inspiring Performance Since He Left Capitol, And Was The Beginning Of A Creative Renaissance, Though The Personal Toll It Took On Him Would Prove Considerable.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide more
Back To The Barrooms
Used - LP - MCA-5139
1980 Repress/Reissue, Still In Shrink With Updated Cat. Number Gold Stamped On Front Cover. Corner Ding & Cut Corner. "Memories And Drinks Don't Mix Too Well/Jukebox Records Don't Play Those Wedding Bells." So Begins "Misery And Gin," The Opening Track On Merle Haggard's Strongest — And Second From Last — Outing For MCA. While This Album Is Deservedly Known For Its Four Classic Drinking Songs — The Aforementioned Cut, "Back To The Barrooms," "I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight," And "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink" — What Back To The Barrooms Is Really About Is The Wreckage Caused By Broken Amorous Relationships And Boozy Escape As The Only Way To Cope. Produced By Jimmy Bowen With His Progressive Country Style, He Understood Haggard's Wish To Utilize Horns And Strings In Ways Not Necessarily In Concert With Traditional Country Music — À La Bob Wills — Yet To Write And Perform In Grand Honky Tonk Fashion. Other Than Haggard's Relationship With Lewis Talley At Columbia, The Bowen-Hag Collaboration Was His Most Successful Of The 1970s. Haggard Wrote Or Co-Wrote The Majority Of The Album, And, Whether Intentionally Or Not, It Coincides With The Beginnings Of His Troubles With His Then-Wife, Songwriter Leona Williams (Whose Co-Write With Haggard, "Can't Break The Habit," Appears Here) As Chronicled In His Autobiography, Sing Me Back Home. This Album Features Haggard's Most Consistent, Inspiring Performance Since He Left Capitol, And Was The Beginning Of A Creative Renaissance, Though The Personal Toll It Took On Him Would Prove Considerable.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide more
Best Of Merle Haggard
New - LP - SKAO 2951
Sealed Stereo Original Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. more
Big City
New - LP - 37593
Sealed 1981 Original With Custom Song Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. more
Big City
New - LP - 37593
Sealed 1981 Original. 5 Stars At AMG. more
Capitol Rarities
New - 10 - OVS10-34
Sealed 2012 Limited Edition 6 Song 10 Inch Featuring Outtakes And Alternates from His Early '60s Capitol Catalog. more
Chill Factor
New - LP - FE 40986
Sealed 1987 Vinyl. more
Chill Factor
Used - LP - FE 40986
1987 Original In Custom Inner Sleeve With Gold Promo Stamp On Back Jacket. Appears Unplayed. more
Fightin' Side Of Me
New - LP - ST 451
Sealed 1970 Original Featuring Bonnie Owens And The Strangers, Recorded Live At His Famous Concert In Philadelphia. Clean COH. more
Fightin' Side Of Me
New - LP - ST 452
Sealed 1970 Original Featuring Bonnie Owens And The Strangers, Recorded Live At His Famous Concert In Philadelphia. more
Fightin' Side Of Me
New - LP - ST 451
Sealed 1970 Original Featuring Bonnie Owens And The Strangers, Recorded Live At His Famous Concert In Philadelphia. more
Going Where The Lonely Go
New - LP - FE 38092
Sealed 1982 Original With Custom Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. more
Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard
New - CD - 09463 62704 2 5
Sealed 2006 CD. 26 Great Songs Of The Outlaw Himself. Includes "The Bottle Let Me Down", "Okie From Muskogee" & "Poncho And Lefty" with Willie Nelson. more
His 30th Album
New - LP - R 112858
Sealed Rare Record Club Pressing. more
His Epic Hits—The First 11—To Be Continued...
Used - LP - FE 39545
1984 Compilation In Shrink. Hole Punch. more
His Epic Hits—The First 11—To Be Continued...
Used - LP - FE 39545
1984 Compilation In Shrink. Hole Punch. more
I Love Dixie Blues
New - LP - ST 11200
Sealed 1973 Original. “I Love Dixie Blues Was Recorded Live In New Orleans, Not Only With The Strangers But With A Brass Section To Give The Music The Feel Of Authentic Dixieland Jazz. Haggard's Gamble Works Quite Well, Since The Brass Section Never Feels Like It's Grafted Onto The Core Band — They Sound Integrated, Unlike His Previous Experiments With Dixieland Horns. Of Course, It Helps That Hag Has Picked A Selection Of Songs That Emphasizes These Strengths, Such As His Own Anthem "Everybody's Had The Blues," "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans," "Lovesick Blues," And "The Emptiest Arms In The World." The Only Thing That Slows The Album's Momentum Is Merle's Insistence In Providing Narration Between The Songs In An Attempt To Tell The History Of Dixie Blues. He Should Have Known That The Music Itself Tells The Story Well Enough. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide more
I Love Dixie Blues
Used - LP - ST 11200
1973 Original In Shrink Wrap. Features "Everybody's Had The Blues". more
I Love Dixie Blues
New - LP - ST 11200
Sealed 1973 Live Recording With Custom Hype Sticker On Shrink. “I Love Dixie Blues Was Recorded Live In New Orleans, Not Only With The Strangers But With A Brass Section To Give The Music The Feel Of Authentic Dixieland Jazz. Haggard's Gamble Works Quite Well, Since The Brass Section Never Feels Like It's Grafted Onto The Core Band — They Sound Integrated, Unlike His Previous Experiments With Dixieland Horns. Of Course, It Helps That Hag Has Picked A Selection Of Songs That Emphasizes These Strengths, Such As His Own Anthem "Everybody's Had The Blues," "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans," "Lovesick Blues," And "The Emptiest Arms In The World." The Only Thing That Slows The Album's Momentum Is Merle's Insistence In Providing Narration Between The Songs In An Attempt To Tell The History Of Dixie Blues. He Should Have Known That The Music Itself Tells The Story Well Enough. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide more
I Love Dixie Blues
Used - LP - ST 11200
1973 Original In Glossy, Unplayed Condition. “I Love Dixie Blues Was Recorded Live In New Orleans, Not Only With The Strangers But With A Brass Section To Give The Music The Feel Of Authentic Dixieland Jazz. Haggard's Gamble Works Quite Well, Since The Brass Section Never Feels Like It's Grafted Onto The Core Band — They Sound Integrated, Unlike His Previous Experiments With Dixieland Horns. Of Course, It Helps That Hag Has Picked A Selection Of Songs That Emphasizes These Strengths, Such As His Own Anthem "Everybody's Had The Blues," "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans," "Lovesick Blues," And "The Emptiest Arms In The World." The Only Thing That Slows The Album's Momentum Is Merle's Insistence In Providing Narration Between The Songs In An Attempt To Tell The History Of Dixie Blues. He Should Have Known That The Music Itself Tells The Story Well Enough. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide more
I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
Used - LP - ST 2702
Orange Label Stereo 2nd Issue In Shrink Wrap With Old Fedco $3.86 Sticker Over Shrink Wrap. more
I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
New - LP - MCA 2375
Sealed 1978 Original With Custom Song Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. Slight Top Right Corner Crease, Hence Heavily Reduced Price. “During His 1977-1981 Tenure At MCA Records, Merle Haggard Radically Revamped His Music. Haggard's First Decade Atop The Music Business Was Spent At Capitol Records, Where He Cultivated A Spare Sound Built Around James Burton's Guitar, Norman Hamlett's Dobro, And Bonnie Owens' Backing Vocals. As The '70s Progressed, Haggard Expanded His Band, Probably In An Effort To Emulate His Hero Bob Wills. Following Wills' Lead, Haggard Started Swinging The Beat On More Of His Recordings. His Song Writing (Which Had Flagged In The Early 1970s) Sharpened Again, And The Combination Of All These Factors Resulted In Some Of The Best Music Of Haggard's Career. All Of Haggard's MCA Albums--I'm Always On A Mountain Among Them--Are Well Worth Owning. Mountain Includes Three Top Ten Hits: The Title Track, The Hangover-Inspired "It's Been A Great Afternoon," And "Love Me When You Can." Much Of The Rest Of The Album Is Given Over To Touching Melancholy Ballads, Including "There Won't Be Another Now," "The Dream," And A Cover Of Hank Cochran's "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me." All Music Guide. more
I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
New - LP - MCA 37140
Sealed 80's Reissue With Barcode On The Rear Cover. Saw Cut And Shrink Split Along Top Edge. "During His 1977-1981 Tenure At Mca Records, Merle Haggard Radically Revamped His Music. Haggard's First Decade Atop The Music Business Was Spent At Capitol Records, Where He Cultivated A Spare Sound Built Around James Burton's Guitar, Norman Hamlett's Dobro, And Bonnie Owens' Backing Vocals. As The '70s Progressed, Haggard Expanded His Band, Probably In An Effort To Emulate His Hero Bob Wills. Following Wills' Lead, Haggard Started Swinging The Beat On More Of His Recordings. His Song Writing (Which Had Flagged In The Early 1970s) Sharpened Again, And The Combination Of All These Factors Resulted In Some Of The Best Music Of Haggard's Career. All Of Haggard's MCA Albums--I'm Always On A Mountain Among Them--Are Well Worth Owning. Mountain Includes Three Top Ten Hits: The Title Track, The Hangover-inspired "It's Been A Great Afternoon," And "Love Me When You Can." Much Of The Rest Of The Album Is Given Over To Touching Melancholy Ballads, Including "There Won't Be Another Now," "The Dream," And A Cover Of Hank Cochran's "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me." more
I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
New - LP - MCA 37140
Sealed 1980 US Reissue. Housed In The Original Cover With The Newly Updated "Platinum Plus" Cat. Number Gold Stamped On Front Cover. "During His 1977-1981 Tenure At Mca Records, Merle Haggard Radically Revamped His Music. Haggard's First Decade Atop The Music Business Was Spent At Capitol Records, Where He Cultivated A Spare Sound Built Around James Burton's Guitar, Norman Hamlett's Dobro, And Bonnie Owens' Backing Vocals. As The '70s Progressed, Haggard Expanded His Band, Probably In An Effort To Emulate His Hero Bob Wills. Following Wills' Lead, Haggard Started Swinging The Beat On More Of His Recordings. His Song Writing (Which Had Flagged In The Early 1970s) Sharpened Again, And The Combination Of All These Factors Resulted In Some Of The Best Music Of Haggard's Career. All Of Haggard's MCA Albums--I'm Always On A Mountain Among Them--Are Well Worth Owning. Mountain Includes Three Top Ten Hits: The Title Track, The Hangover-inspired "It's Been A Great Afternoon," And "Love Me When You Can." Much Of The Rest Of The Album Is Given Over To Touching Melancholy Ballads, Including "There Won't Be Another Now," "The Dream," And A Cover Of Hank Cochran's "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me." more
I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
Used - LP - MCA 2375
1978 Original With Custom Song Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. VG++ Vinyl. Small Hole Punch. “During His 1977-1981 Tenure At MCA Records, Merle Haggard Radically Revamped His Music. Haggard's First Decade Atop The Music Business Was Spent At Capitol Records, Where He Cultivated A Spare Sound Built Around James Burton's Guitar, Norman Hamlett's Dobro, And Bonnie Owens' Backing Vocals. As The '70s Progressed, Haggard Expanded His Band, Probably In An Effort To Emulate His Hero Bob Wills. Following Wills' Lead, Haggard Started Swinging The Beat On More Of His Recordings. His Song Writing (Which Had Flagged In The Early 1970s) Sharpened Again, And The Combination Of All These Factors Resulted In Some Of The Best Music Of Haggard's Career. All Of Haggard's MCA Albums--I'm Always On A Mountain Among Them--Are Well Worth Owning. Mountain Includes Three Top Ten Hits: The Title Track, The Hangover-Inspired "It's Been A Great Afternoon," And "Love Me When You Can." Much Of The Rest Of The Album Is Given Over To Touching Melancholy Ballads, Including "There Won't Be Another Now," "The Dream," And A Cover Of Hank Cochran's "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me." - AMG more
If We Make It Through December
New - LP - ST 11276
Sealed 1974 Original. more
Introducing My Friends The Strangers
New - LP - ST 445
Sealed Stereo Original, Clean COH. more
It's All In The Game
New - CD - DZS 182
Sealed. Remastered By Steve Hoffman. Originally Released As Epic 39364. more
It's All In The Game
New - LP - FE 39364
Sealed 1984 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve, Clean COH. Custom Song Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. more
It's All In The Game
New - LP - FE 39364
Sealed 1984 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve And Custom Song Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. more
It's All In The Movies
New - LP - ST 11483
Sealed 1976 Original With Custom Merle Haggard Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. more
Kern River
New - LP - FE 39602
Sealed 1985 Original With Custom Song Hype Sticker On Shrink. more
Let Me Tell You About A Song
New - LP - ST 882
Sealed 1972 Original. “Merle Haggard Designed 1972's Let Me Tell You About A Song As A Kind Of Musical Autobiography, Crafted In Equal Parts From Personal Reminiscence And From Songs That Formed The Core Of Hag The Musician. So, In A Way, The Album Brings Together Two Big Themes Within Haggard's Recording Career — Tribute Albums And A Rose-Colored, Nostalgic View Of The Past — And It Does So Smashingly. A Project Like This Can't Help But Succumb To Corniness On Occasion, Which This Certainly Does, Particularly In The Spoken Recitations That Pepper The Album And On The Hit Opening Track, "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)," A Tale About A Traveling Family Band With A Blind Father And A Deaf Mother Who "Read Our Lips And Helped The Family Sing," A Story That Haggard Says Explains Itself But Only Gets More Mystifying With Each Listen. Some Could Also Argue That His Tribute To His Recently Deceased Grandmother, "Grandma Harp," Is Also A Little Corny, But It Gets Through On Its Heart, And The Rest Of The Album Is So Remarkably Clear-Eyed, Even With Those Spoken Introductions, That It Makes Up For The Slight Silliness. The Album Is Pretty Evenly Divided Between Originals And Covers, And The Two Hits — The Aforementioned "Daddy Frank" And "Grandma Harp" — Are Actually The Slightest Numbers Here, Since They Sit Next To The Stark Autobiographical "They're Tearing The Labor Camps Down," The Beautiful Barroom Ballad "Turnin' Off A Memory," And "Irma Jackson," A Song About An Interracial Romance That Haggard Was Finally Able To Release On This Record. These Songs Are Contrasted By The Covers: One Song By Red Simpson, One By Red Foley, And Two Each By His Heroes Tommy Collins And Bob Wills.” - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide more
Live From Austin TX '78
Colored Vinyl - New - NW5345
Sealed 2022 Limited Edition Pressing On Orange & Black Splatter Vinyl. "Merle Haggard Had Been One Of Country Music's Biggest Stars And Most Uncompromising Talents For More Than A Dozen Years When He Rolled Into The Klru-tv Studios In Austin, Tx For A Taping Of Pbs's Long-running Music Series Austin City Limits In Early 1978. (It's Said That Haggard Had Never Heard Of The Show At The Time, But Was Persuaded To Take The Gig By Friend And Superfan Darrell K Royal, Coach Of The University Of Texas Football Team). At This Point, Haggard Was Soon To Leave Capitol Records And The Most Successful Period Of His Career Was Ending, But You Get Very Little Sense Of That On Live From Austin Tx, Which Features His Acl Performance Complete And Unedited. Haggard Sounds Casual But Focused On This Set, Running Through A Few Of His Hits With Appropriate Conviction ("Silver Wings," "Sing Me Back Home," And "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" Among Them) And Dipping Into A Few Lesser-known Songs With A Palpable Emotional Gravity ("Long Black Limousine" And "Farmer's Daughter"). Hag Also Takes Advantage Of Playing For An Audience In The Lone Star State And Covers A Handful Of Classic Bob Wills Numbers, Where He Shows Off His Rough But Enthusiastic Fiddle Playing (As Well As Some More Polished Work From Paul Anastasio And Gordon Terry). Haggard's Ten-piece Band On This Date Sometimes Lacks The Lean But Potent Feel Of His Classic Recordings, But There's No Arguing Their Chops, And The Additional Fiddles And Horns Work Just Fine On The Western Swing Tunes, While Norman Hamlet On Pedal Steel And Roy Nichols On Electric Guitar Make A Great Combination. Haggard Doesn't Sound Like He's Working Too Hard To Win Over The Crowd On Live From Austin Tx, But After The First Song It's Clear He Doesn't Have To, And By The End Of The Show He's Clearly Given Them Just What They've Come To Hear; This Is A Solid Live Set From One Of Country Music's True Originals." AMG Review By Mark Deming. more
Merle Haggard Epic Collection (Recorded Live)
New - LP - PE 39159
Sealed 1983 Original. Not A Compilation. more
Merle Haggard Salutes The Greats
Used - LP - SLB-8137
1980 US 2LP Original Still In Shrink. Vinyl EX, Light Crease To Bottom Left Corner. more
Merle Haggard's Christmas Present
Used - LP - ST-11230
1973 Original In Shrink. One Of The Better Country Christmas Albums You'll Find. more
My Farewell To Elvis
New - LP - 2314
Sealed 1977 Original. Cut Corner. Perhaps Merl's Most Sought-After Record. His Superb Tribute To The King Features "In The Ghetto", "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel" & More. more
My Farewell To Elvis
New - LP - 2314
Sealed 1977 Original. Tiny Saw Notch. Perhaps Merl's Most Sought-After Record. His Superb Tribute To The King Features "In The Ghetto", "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel" & More. more
My Farewell To Elvis
New - LP - MCA 2314
Sealed 1977 Original. Perhaps Merle's Most Sought-After Record. His Superb Tribute To The King Features "In The Ghetto", "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel" & More. Tiny Saw Cut. more
My Love Affair With Trains
New - LP - ST 11544
Sealed 1976 Original. Clean Cut Out Hole. “For Anyone Who Has Followed Merle Haggard's Career Over The Decades, Train And Hobo Songs Seem To Be Recurrent In His Work, No Matter Which Decade — Or Century — He Recorded In. My Love Affair With Trains Is One Of The Last Two Records Haggard Cut For Capitol In 1975. It Is Also Is One Of Haggard's Trademark Concept Albums, Upon Which He Pays Tribute To And Laments The Railroads' Decline As A Centerpiece Of American Life. Haggard Has Made A Life In Music Of Charting The Previous And Its Decline In The Present. In Between Each Track, Hag Introduces The Next, As These Songs Cover Different Historical Eras. There's The Stunning Title Track Written By Dolly Parton; Stephen H. Lemberg's Corny But Nonetheless Compelling "Here Comes The Freedom Train"; Mark Yeary's "I Won't Give Up My Train," Which He Re-Recorded Later For MCA; Dave Kirby's "So Long Train Whistle" And "Where Have All The Hobos Gone"; As Well As "The Hobo." It Isn't Only In The Songs That Haggard Chronicles The Romance And Decline Of The American Railroad; The Grain Of His Voice Is A Lament, Full Of Mourning And A Genuine Bittersweet Grief — Haggard Grew Up On The Rail Lines As His Father Worked Them. Interestingly Enough, The Tune Of Haggard's To Appear Here Is "No More Trains To Ride"; He Introduces It With A Short Reflection On How It Had Become Damn Near Impossible To Hop A Freight To Ride Coast To Coast. The Oddest Inclusion Here Is The Jerry Jeff Walker/Jimmy Buffett Collaboration "Railroad Lady." Hag Justifies Its Inclusion By Saying It Was Stories Like This That Helped Further The Legend Of The Great Black Iron Horse. As Haggard's Records Go, My Love Affair With Trains May Seem A Bit Quaint In Retrospect, But Its Soul And Emotion Don't Date. There Is Great Truth In His Performances Of These Songs, And Like Virtually Everything He Records, He Tells The Truth Through These Songs As He Sees It.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide more
Okie From Muskogee
New - LP - ST 384
Sealed 1969 Stereo Original. Recorded Live In Muskogee, Oklahoma. 4 Stars In All Music Guide. more
Okie From Muskogee
New - LP - ST 384
Sealed 1969 Stereo Original, Clean Cut Out Hole. Recorded Live In Muskogee, Oklahoma. 4 Stars In All Music Guide. more
Out Among The Stars
Used - LP - FE 40107
1986 US Original, Pitman Pressing. Gold Promo Stamp On Rear Corner. Glossy Vinyl, Nice VG+ Cover With Light Shelf Wear. more
Out Among The Stars
New - LP - FE 40107
Sealed, Hard To Find 1986 Original. more
Pride In What I Am
New - LP - SKAO 8-0168
Sealed 1969 Capitol Record Club Stereo Original. Believed To Be A Rainbow Label. “Continuing With The Subtle Folk Streak Running Beneath The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde And Mama Tried, Merle Haggard Turned In One Of His Finest Efforts To Date In 1969's Pride In What I Am. While There Are No Flat-Out Classics Outside Of "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am" -- It's The Only Track On The Album Here That Was A Hit -- The Album Is Certainly Not Lacking In Strong Material. In Fact, It Gains Considerable Strength From A Diversity Of Material, Where The Rolling, Folk-Tinged Sound Epitomized By The Title Song Is Balanced By Twangy, Spare Country And Bits Of Hard Honky Tonk, Blues, And Cowboy, Not To Mention The Slyly Inventive Arrangement On His Version Of Lefty Frizzell's “It Meant Goodbye To Me When You Said Hello To Him." There Are Also Hints Of The Direction Hag Would Take In The Near Future, Including A Jimmie Rodgers Song (His Tribute To The Singing Brakeman, Same Train, Different Time, Would Follow Next), And The Encroaching Celebration Of A Time Passed, Though His Cover Of Red Simpson's "I Think We're Livin' In The Good Old Days." There Is Another Simpson Cover In "Somewhere On Skid Row," But What Fuels Pride In What I Am Is A Selection Of Graceful, Low-Key Minor Masterworks From Haggard Himself, Who Explores Gentler Territory With "The Day The Rains Came" And "I Can't Hold Myself In Line," While Kicking Up The Tempo With The Delightful "I'm Bringin' Home Good News" And Laying Back With The Steady-Rolling "I Just Want To Look At You One More Time." None Of These May Be Among His Most Celebrated Songs, But They're All Small Gems That Illustrate What A Fine Songwriter He Is.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG. more
Rainbow Stew - Live At Anaheim Stadium
New - LP - MCA-1464
Sealed 1981 Original Recorded Live. Small Saw-Cut & Corner Crease. more
Rainbow Stew-Live At Anaheim Stadium
New - LP - 5216
Sealed 1981 Original, COH. more
Rainbow Stew-Live At Anaheim Stadium
New - LP - 5216
Sealed 1981 Original Recorded Live. Small Saw-Cut. more
Rainbow Stew-Live At Anaheim Stadium
Used - LP - 5216
1981 Original With Gold Promo Stamp On Front Cover. more
Ramblin' Fever
New - LP - 2267
Sealed 1977 Original. more
Serving 190 Proof
New - LP - MCA 3089
Sealed 1971 First Press Original With Promo Sticker On Back Cover. “Haggard Appears Here In The Midst Of What He Admitted Was A Mid-Life Crisis. That's No Reason To Dismiss This Record, However, As Crisis Introspection Served Him Well. Possibly The Best Of His MCA Albums, It Includes "Red Bandana," "My Own Kind Of A Hat," And A Brooding Meditation On The Emptiness Of Stardom Called "Footlights." Dan Cooper, AMG. more
Serving 190 Proof
New - LP - 3089
Sealed 1979 Original. Original Tower Records Price Tag Over Shrink. more
Sing Me Back Home
New - LP - ST 2848
Sealed 1968 Rainbow Label Stereo Original. “Sing Me Back Home Follows The Blueprint Of Merle Haggard's First Three Albums, Balancing A Hit Single With Album Tracks And A Couple Of Covers, But There Is A Difference. Where The Previous Album Branded Man Was A Transitional Album, Hinting That Haggard's Talents Were Deepening Substantially, Sing Me Back Home Is The Result Of The Flowering Of His Talent. Like Any '60s Country Album, There Are A Couple Of Throwaways (Like "The Bottle Let Me Down" Rewrite "I'll Leave The Bottle On The Bar"), But The Majority Of The Album Is Full Of Rich Material, From "The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp," "Good Times," And "Wine Take Me Away.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide. more
Someday We'll Look Back
New - LP - ST 835
Sealed 1971 Original. Clean Cut Out Hole. 5 Stars In All Music Guide. “Someday We'll Look Back Is A Terrific Early-'70s LP From Merle Haggard, One That Showcases Not Only His Exceptional Songwriting Skills, But Also His Rich, Subtle Eclectism. Much Of The Album Is Given Over 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. But What Really Makes The Record So Distinctive Is The Quality Of The Material. Haggard's Original Songs—Including "Someday We'll Look Back," "Tulare Dust," "I'd Rather Be Gone," "One Sweet Hello"—Are Uniformly Excellent, While He Invests Considerable Emotion Into Covers Of Tommy Collins' "Carolyn," Dallas Frazier And Elizabeth Montgomery's "California Cottonfields," And Roger Miller's "Train Of Life." The Result Is One Of The Finest Albums He Ever Recorded.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide. more
Songs For The Mama That Tried
New - LP - 5250
Sealed 1981 Original. SC. more
Songs For The Mama That Tried
New - LP - 5250
Sealed 1981 US Original. Unable To Confirm Pressing Info. Saw Cut, Corner Dings And Shrink Tear. more
Songs I'll Always Sing
Used - LP - SABB 11531
1977 2LP Gatefold Original. Clean COH. Both LPs Appear Unplayed. more
Songwriter
New - LP - 5698
Sealed, Hard To Find 1986 Compilation. Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. more
Songwriter
New - LP - MCA-5698
Sealed 1986 US Compilation With Hype Sticker. Unable To Confirm Exact Pressing Info. Shrink Tear Down Half Of The Jacket Opening Edge And Saw Cut. more
Strangers
New - LP - ST 2373
Sealed 1965 Stereo Original. Haggard's Stellar Debut Release. Pristine Copy. more
Swinging Doors
New - LP - ST 2585
Sealed 1966 Stereo Original. No Promo Or Deletion Markings. more
That's The Way Love Goes
New - CD - DZS 180
Sealed. Remastered By Steve Hoffman. Originally Released As Epic 38815. more
That's The Way Love Goes
Used - LP - FE 38875
Clean 1983 Pitman Pressing Still In Shrink With The Song Hype Sticker. "That's The Way Love Goes Is Another Decent Collection Of Laid-back Ballads That Lets Haggard Display Some Of The Full Range Of His Vocal Talents, From The Jazzy Pop Of "The Last Boat Of The Day" To The Poignant Lyric Of "What Am I Gonna Do (With The Rest Of My Life)." A Cover Of Lefty Fizzell's "That's The Way Love Goes" Ranks Among The Great Haggard Ballads." AMG - Matt Fink. more
The Best Of Merle Haggard
Used - LP - SN-16054
1979 Pressing. The Early Capitol Hits. more
The Way I Am
New - LP - MCA-37207 (MCA 2160)
Sealed 1980 Reissue; Saw Cut. Housed In The Original Jacket But Has A Gold-Stamp With Updated Cat. Number On Front Cover, Indicating It Was Reissued As Part Of The MCA "Platinum Plus" Budget Series. more
Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)
New - LP - ST 638
Sealed 1970 Original. Crisp Corners, No Cut-Out Holes. Rare! more
Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)
New - LP - ST 638
Sealed 1970 Original. Clean Cut Out Hole. Rare! more

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