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Rainbow Stew: Live At Anaheim Stadium

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Album Review

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.

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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

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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 own. As a...
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