40 Songs, 1 Hour 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For an artist like Merle Haggard, who just got better as the years passed, a collection of re-recordings of his best-loved tunes offers an opportunity to hear some of his early hits rendered with the musical maturity and sophistication he developed as he evolved. Honky-tonk staples like "The Bottle Let Me Down" and "Mama Tried" benefit from the gently jazzy lilt the outlaw-country icon eventually added to his sonic tool kit. And the ballads are rendered with an even greater degree of nuance and emotional gravitas.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For an artist like Merle Haggard, who just got better as the years passed, a collection of re-recordings of his best-loved tunes offers an opportunity to hear some of his early hits rendered with the musical maturity and sophistication he developed as he evolved. Honky-tonk staples like "The Bottle Let Me Down" and "Mama Tried" benefit from the gently jazzy lilt the outlaw-country icon eventually added to his sonic tool kit. And the ballads are rendered with an even greater degree of nuance and emotional gravitas.

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