The Way I Am
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||The Way I Am||Merle Haggard||2:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sky-Bo||Merle Haggard||3:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||No One to Sing for (But the Band)||Merle Haggard||3:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'm the One Who Loves You||Merle Haggard||3:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Life's Just Not the Way It Used to Be||Merle Haggard||2:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wake Up||Merle Haggard||4:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Where Have You Been||Merle Haggard||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Take Me Back and Try Me One More Time||Merle Haggard||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'll Always Be Glad to Take You Back||Merle Haggard||3:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It Makes No Difference Now||Merle Haggard||3:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It's Been So Long Darlin'||Merle Haggard||3:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The Way I Am shares many of the same qualities of its predecessor (Serving 190 Proof) and successor (Back to the Barrooms) albums. That is, it's pretty much a straight-ahead honky tonk album that pays little mind to the contemporary trends of the day. Where it differs from Serving 190 Proof or Back to the Barrooms is that the performances are a little inconsistent, as is the material. Still, Hag is a reliable performer in that he always delivers a couple of gems. Here, it's in the form of the title track, Floyd Tillman's "It Makes No Difference Now," and three Ernest Tubb covers ("Take Me Back and Try Me One More Time," "I'll Always Be Glad to Take You Back," and "It's Been So Long, Darlin'"). It's enough to make it worth a listen for hardcore Hag followers, but all others may find it a little bit too uneven.
Track 6 not only has great melody, great verse... but OH what fine music!!! Merle is not only a talented singer and musician, but is a perfectionist when it comes to his band and the arrangements of the songs as well. So much talent, one must appreciate every nuance that goes into the production of great songs such as Wake Up.
Born: April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s