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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B0000DIGL3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Just Between The Two Of Us
  2. A House Without Love Is Not A Home
  3. Slowly But Surely
  4. Our Hearts Are Holding Hands
  5. I Wanta Live Again
  6. Forever and Ever
  7. That Makes Two of Us
  8. I'll Take A Chance
  9. Stranger in My Arms
  10. Too Used To Being With You
  11. So Much For Me, So Much For You
  12. Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus
  13. Opening Theme: Hammin' It Up
  14. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
  15. Corrine Corrina
  16. Every Fool Has A Rainbow
  17. T.B. Blues
  18. When Did Right Become Wrong
  19. Philadelphia Lawyer
  20. Stealin' Corn
  21. Harold's Super Service
  22. Medley: Devil Woman/I'm Movin' On/Folsom Prison Blues/Jackson/Orange Blossom Special/Love's Gonna Li
  23. Today I Started Loving You Again
  24. Okie from Muskogee
  25. The Fightin' Side of Me

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I don't think even BGO Records could give an explanation as to why these two titles were selected for a 2 for 1 CD pairing, they are so different.

"Just Between The Two Of Us" (1966) was Merle's one and only duet album on Capitol and just his second album on the label, recorded right at the beginning of his illustrious career. His singing partner is, of course, his second wife Bonnie Owens, whom he married a year earlier.

Not a bad album IMO, but nothing much above average either.

It has also been re-released as a single CD on King Records (a special market branch of EMI-Capitol) in 2000.

"The Fightin' Side of Me" (1970) was Merle's 12th solo album release on Capitol, and his second live project. It's a decent offering with four of Hag's own hits mixed in with other artist's songs. The highlight is probably his medley of uncanny impersonations of Hank Snow, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and Buck Owens.

Bonnie forgets the lyrics of "Philadelphia Lawyer" midway through the song and, surprisingly, this has been left on the soundtrack.

This album has NOT been re-issued as a single CD, although it does feature (one track omitted) as half of a CD titled "The Hits Album" from the Dutch label Disky from 1995. The other paired album is Merle's first live recording "Okie From Muskogee" (1969). The track removed is the song "Okie From Muskogee" as it also features on that previous album of the same name, and Disky saw no point in duplication.

If you are looking to replace your vinyl or cassette collection with the equivalent title(s) on CD format this is a good choice, especially as "The Fightin' Side Of Me" has not, as yet, been made available on CD - and the single CD of "Just Between The Two Of Us" may not too easy to find.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2014
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Although this may appear to be an odd pairing, there was no obvious companion for the duets album, while pairing the live album with another live album would have meant repeating Okie from Muskogee.

The really odd thing is that the duets album was recorded and released at around the time that Merle and Bonnie got married, yet it contains plenty of songs that obviously didn't reflect their feelings for each at the time. Still, it's a business and these songs are performed superbly.

Bonnie was a fine singer but only had limited success. This duets album did better than any of her solo music, making the top 5 in the country album charts. The title track was a single and became Bonnie's third and last top 30 country hit. None of them made the top 20, but I get the impression that Bonnie was happy to be support act and / or duet partner to others.

For Merle, the duets album was only a modest success compared to a lot of his later albums, but it came very early in his career and was his most successful album up to that point.

By the time Merle recorded the live album, The fightin' side of me, he was an established star. The title track was new at the time. Its B-side, Every fool has a rainbow, is also here. Bonnie Owens is a guest who sings Philadelphia lawyer, but forgets some of the lines. Still, the crowd don't seem to mind. Merle also does impersonations of Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash and Buck Owens, with Bonnie Owens playing the part of June Carter.

Merle introduces a song I've never heard before, Harold's super service, by suggesting it may be the first ever song about a service station. I must point out that Johnny Cash recorded Cisco Clifton's fillin' station about three years earlier, for his album From sea to shining sea.
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HASH(0x9e0b406c) out of 5 stars merle haggard : the fightin' side of me - live 18 April 2004
By Steve McHenry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
what a great album! my dad had this album on 8 track when i was a kid. i've been looking for it for 25 years and finally someone has re-released it! this is hag and the strangers at their best. the highlight of the album for me is merle doing his impersonations of marty robbins, hank snow, johnny cash, and a killer buck owens that you would swear is really him! if you're a haggard fan this is a must have. if i could own only one hag album, this would be it!
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HASH(0x9e0b40c0) out of 5 stars "The Hag" In Philadelphia 30 July 2008
By R. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just Between The Two Of Us,1966, Merle Haggard's second album on Capitol, shares the spotlight with Bonnie Owens, as they both showcase a pretty good collection of duets here with a solid country sound covering songs like Buck Owens', "Forever And Ever", Tommy Collins', "Wait A Little Longer", "Please Jesus" and countless others. Merle Haggard is in early top form, Bonnie Owens was probably one of the better female singers recorded, makes for an entertaining listen. This live recording, titled "The Fightin' Side Of Me" recorded,1970, in Philadelphia to a packed house, as Merle Haggard and the Strangers were in top form that night as they started out with a great version of, "Pride In What I Am", then Merle calls out the fiddle player,Chubby Wise, member of Hank Snow's band to help out on a Bob Wills number, titled "Corrine Corrina", the "hag" then introduces a Jimmy Rodgers tune, the "T.B. Blues" and sings it as if it was his own, remarkable, - Haggard was always right on key with a Jimmy Rodgers song. The highlight of this show is when Merle does a short medley of impersonations of other notable country artist, doing an exceptional job, showing us the true talent that Haggard really is. The show then ends with one of the best written country ballads of all time, "Today I Started Loving You Again" and the protesting against anti-war anthem, "Fightin' Side Of Me". Sometimes "live" is better, and this England import BGO cd is a good one, another additive for a Merle Haggard collector.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0b439c) out of 5 stars Two contrasting but excellent albums 11 Oct. 2014
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although this may appear to be an odd pairing, there was no obvious companion for the duets album, while pairing the live album with another live album would have meant repeating Okie from Muskogee.

The really odd thing is that the duets album was recorded and released at around the time that Merle and Bonnie got married, yet it contains plenty of songs that obviously didn't reflect their feelings for each at the time. Still, it's a business and these songs are performed superbly.

Bonnie was a fine singer but only had limited success. This duets album did better than any of her solo music, making the top 5 in the country album charts. The title track was a single and became Bonnie's third and last top 30 country hit. None of them made the top 20, but I get the impression that Bonnie was happy to be support act and / or duet partner to others.

For Merle, the duets album was only a modest success compared to a lot of his later albums, but it came very early in his career and was his most successful album up to that point.

By the time Merle recorded the live album, The fightin' side of me, he was an established star. The title track was new at the time. Its B-side, Every fool has a rainbow, is also here. Bonnie Owens is a guest who sings Philadelphia lawyer, but forgets some of the lines. Still, the crowd don't seem to mind. Merle also does impersonations of Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash and Buck Owens, with Bonnie Owens playing the part of June Carter.

Merle introduces a song I've never heard before, Harold's super service, by suggesting it may be the first ever song about a service station. I must point out that Johnny Cash recorded Cisco Clifton's fillin' station about three years earlier, for his album From sea to shining sea. His song was sad while Merle's is funny, but they are both about service stations. Even great singers sometimes get their facts wrong :-)

However odd the pairing may seem to some, it works. This is an excellent twofer.
HASH(0x9e0b48c4) out of 5 stars Odd Track Division Choices 13 Jun. 2012
By Thomas A. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First of all, BGO should be thanked for making available Haggard albums out of print in the United States. That said, the track divisions on THE FIGHTIN' SIDE OF ME portion of this disc make little sense. Consistently, the introduction of each song occurs at the end of the previous track. While this division doesn't matter if one is listening to the entire album at one sitting, it leads to confusion in placing these tracks in a random order when placed in a media player. There's nothing quite like having Haggard introduce "TB Blues" only to have it followed by "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" by Lucinda Williams. It's also interesting that Haggard begins this concert intended to highlight "Okie from Muskogee" and "Fightin' Side of Me" with a song about the joys of being a hobo ("I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am"), a song that praises the way of life the "Okie" and the "Fightin'" persona would resent. Much of this concert features classic country songs, including material originally performed by Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, and Woodie Guthrie. Haggard's original compositions in this concert include "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am," "Every Fool Has a Rainbow," "Okie from Muskogee," and the title track.

The other featured album on this disc, JUST BETWEEN THE TWO OF US, features fine harmonies between Haggard and Bonnie Owens. Their voices blend beautifully together. There is no Haggard compostion in this portion of this album.
HASH(0x9e0b4180) out of 5 stars Live Phili 1970 Concert Top Notch! 10 Jan. 2009
By Robert D. Arms - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My dad got this album on LP when I was a kid, and he and I used to listen and sing to it all the time and for years, wearing it down with scratches in the LP. I spent years looking for a new copy and snatched it up when it finally came out on CD. The energy and quality of the songs and talent on that stage is awesome. Bonnie Owens messing up Phili Lawyer was a warm hoot, and the impersinations are second to none - never heard him do any on any other album. I know every inflection of every word on this album and happily still sing along to it (when I'm alone). It's truly a MUST HAVE for Merle fans!
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