Rainbow Stew: Live At Anaheim Stadium
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||Misery and Gin (Live)||Merle Haggard||3:25||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink (Live)||Merle Haggard||3:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Back to the Barrooms Again (Live)||Merle Haggard||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Our Paths May Never Cross (Live)||Merle Haggard||4:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Running Kind / I'm a Lonesome Fugitive (Live)||Merle Haggard||3:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rainbow Stew (Live)||Merle Haggard||2:43||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Blue Yodel No. 9 (Live)||Merle Haggard||2:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dealing With the Devil (Live)||Merle Haggard||3:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fiddle Breakdown (Live)||Merle Haggard||3:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sing Me Back Home (Live)||Merle Haggard||4:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Rainbow Stew: Live at Anaheim boasts an augmented Strangers, with former Texas Playboys Eldon Shamblin, Tiny Moore, and Gordon Terry and a horn section filling out the band's sound. The result is a wonderful, swinging album that brings a new spin not only to classics like "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" and "Sing Me Back Home" but also to Hag's newer songs "Misery and Gin," "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," and the title track.
His Best Live Set
This live set, circa 1980, captures Merle and the Strangers in fine form in front of a sometimes wildly enthusiastic California audience. Given that this is a stadium performance, the intimacy of his vocals on the slower numbers - especially a terrific version of "Misery and Gin" - is remarkable, but the highlight is a fantastic, boisterous medley coupling "The Running Kind" with "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive." I've always loved his early live sets ("Okie From Muskogee" and "The Fightin' Side of Me"), and even the out-of-print "Amber Waves of Grain" from the mid-80s has some fine moments, but for my money, this is his best live album overall.
Best country music album ever
Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.
Born: April 6, 1937 in Oildale, CA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s