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40 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Rerecorded Versions)

Merle Haggard

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Customer Reviews

Poor Audio

Great to have all these songs at such a low price BUT the recording levels on this CD are pretty bad. There is a lot of clipping (particularly on the left side for some reason). I've checked many other albums that I own to make sure it wasn't my speakers, but this is the only album that has the issue.

1 star only because these are not original versions.

5 stars for Merle's originals versions of these songs. 1 star for this 40 Greatest Hits package because these are not the originals. I completely agree with the reviewer DevinM. I too, am quite concerned that younger people wanting to discover Merle, will not know the difference. Attention… if you are a new Merle fan, please do yourself a favor and do not start here. Seek out the original versions. So much better. Buy his records that were on Capitol, MCA, Epic, or any from his own Hag label.


I worry that as time goes by, younger people won't recognize the original versions from re-recordings. This CD is definitely the latter. Merle can still sing like no one else, but look elsewhere for the original versions.


Born: April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the 1960s, and he became one of the leading figures of the Bakersfield country scene in the '60s. While his music remained hardcore country, he pushed the boundaries of the music quite far. Like his idol, Bob Wills, his music was a melting pot that drew from all forms of traditional American music — country, jazz, blues, and folk — and in the process, developed a distinctive style of his...
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