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Okie From Muskogee (Aniv)

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California country music legend Merle Haggard's debut Vanguard release, I Am What I Am bristles with all the arresting qualities for which this unrivaled artist is prized. Every song is imbued with the near alchemical power of his dazzling vocal performances, and Haggard’s interpretive mastery and unmatched phrasing continues to bring on impressive measures of sensitivity, candor and ... Read more in Amazon's Merle Haggard Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00I095JTK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction by Carlton Haney/Okie From Muskogee
2. Mama Tried
3. No Hard Times
4. Silver Wings
5. Merle Receives Key to Muskogee
6. Merle's Introduction to Medley
7. Swinging Doors
8. I'M a Lonesome Fugtive
9. Sing Me Back Home
10. Branded Man
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Theme - "Hammin' It Up"
2. I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am
3. Corrinne Corrina
4. Every Fool Has a Rainbow
5. T. B. Blues
6. When Did Right Become Wrong
7. Philadelphia Lawyer
8. Stealin' Corn
9. Harold's Super Service
10. Medley: Devil Woman/I'M Movin'/Folsom Prison Blues/Jackson/Orange Blossom/Love's Gonna Live Here,
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Merle Haggard released three singles in 1969 -- ''Hungry Eyes,'' ''Workin' Man Blues,'' and ''Okie from Muskogee'' -- all three reached number one. In particular, ''Okie from Muskogee'' sparked a tremendous amount of attention and lead to the release of the live album OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE in February of that same year. ''Okie from Muskogee'' cemented the singer's stardom, and won a large amount of awards in 1969 and 1970. In both years, Haggard was named Top Male Vocalist by the ACM. Haggard released a sequel to ''Okie'' called ''The Fightin' Side of Me'' at the beginning of 1970, which also shot to number one. He released a live album of the same name in July 1970. This 2 CD Anniversary edition of the classic OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE includes the digitally remastered CD from the original Analog Tapes, as well the rare THE FIGHTIN' SIDE OF ME LIVE album which was never before released in CD format.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sleepyhead on 30 Mar 2014
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Two separate CDs of the original classic live albums - "Okie From Muskogee" (1969) and Fightin' Side Of Me" (1970) for the 45th Anniversary of the former title.

Contrary to the product description the latter title HAS been re-issued on CD - first time by Disky (EMI Holland) in 1995 and more recently by BGO (UK) from 2004. The American record industry (not the focused fans and collectors) tend not to recognise albums re-issued outside the USA. I wonder how many Hag fans know that his first Capitol title to be re-released on CD was "Same Train, A Different time" from Japan in 1990 ?

Anyway, both releases are the so called two-fer CDs - two albums on one CD.

Disky paired "Okie From Muskogee" and "Fightin Side Of Me" on one CD and gave it the title of "The Hit Albums" - be aware that the song "Okie From Muskogee" was on both the original live albums, so Disky omitted it from the 1970 running order so as to avoid needless duplication, otherwise "The Hit Albums" is the complete repertoire of both titles.

the BGO CD is a pairing of "Fightin' Side Of Me" and Merle's only duet from his Capitol period - "Just Between The Two Of Us" with Bonnie Owens, first released in 1965. An odd choice which I reviewed elsewhere.

However this 45th Anniversary re-issue is the first time that the 1970 album has appeared complete on a single CD re-release (although part of this two disc set)- unlike the 1969 title which was previously re-issued as a digitally remastered CD by Capitol (US) as part of their fine Cornerstone series in 2001.

The quality of this 2014 re-release is excellent, the best yet, so for that alone it's well worth buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov 2001
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This is one of the all-time best recording of country music, particularly of Merle Haggard.
I highly recommend and continuously enjoy this recording.
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Although I've been interested in country for many years this is actually the first Merle Haggard album I've listened to, and it's a pleasant surprise. Recorded live before a very enthusiastic audience in Muskogee, Oklahoma (where members of Merle's family originated from) the songs run the whole gamut from humour, through pathos and difficulties to songs that return to his origins and express some of his beliefs.

The remastered recording from 1969 are excellent, so if you enjoy a good concert of country music and you want to hear the essence of Merle Haggard, do yourself a favour and buy this album.
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I first heard this on LP in 1973,my then girlfriend and i used to babysit for a cousin of mine who owned it.My girl and i played it constantly and we were both 17 at the time and as well as Slade,Rod Stewart,this LP became a firm favourite.That girl and i eventually married and as soon as we could we bought this album at that time it had to be ordered from USA through a record shop.This is my second cd i gave the first to my son who also grew up hearing and loving it,if you own no music of Merle Haggard try this and i challenge you not to end up adoring it from the haunting Hobo bill,to the emotional Silver wings the album takes you through a reflection in part to Merles own life with the problems he had with alcohol,prison etc,take a chance buy and enjoy i dont think you will regret it.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By John E. Beland - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the definitive textbook on how country music ..real country music..should be remembered. Unlike today's mindless, fabrictaed country pop fluff and artists who can't sing on pitch when they perform live, Hag and the Strangers show that talent and a few Tele's and Twins can still rise above pitch correctors and lip syncing.

The tone on Roy Nichol's tele and the perfectly flawless singing by Hag and Bonnie Owens still leave me with my mouth open.

Recorded in a school gym somewhere in Oklahoma with bare bones PA and no frills, this live album set the standard for me and alot of my contemporaries.

This is the holy Grail of country...you cant afford to NOT own this recording.

JOhn Beland

Flying Burrito Brothers

Austin TX

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Real Deal 25 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here it is, the real deal -- Merle Haggard's classic live album from 1969, re-released in digital splendor. This is mighty Merle at his best, loose on-stage and in fine voice. This CD includes the best of his many versions of Okie from Muskogee, as well as a rollicking take on Mama Tried and Working Man Blues. The CD is true to its vinyl predecessor, including cuts originally intended to showcase Hag's band, as well as a cut by a since-forgotten Bakersfield vocalist, Gene Price.
It's too bad Capitol couldn't have been a little more creative with the re-release of this album, which has been out of circulation for a couple of decades. Generally, such repackagings include unreleased cuts, but nothing is added here. On the other hand, the bargain-basement price can't be beaten. There are also no new liner notes (although almost all the original packaging is here) and for some reason Ken Nelson's producer credit has been omitted (although the remaster producer's name is listed). These are minor quibbles that don't detract from the joy of having one of the finest and most influential albums in the history of country music available again.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This Ones A No Brainer 17 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to have caught Merle and The Strangers in 1970 at Madison Square Garden, just a few months after this brillant concert. Merle is on my short list of legends I was lucky enough to have seen in their prime. The others are Bob Marley and Van Morrison. My recollections of the MSG show are very similar to the Muskogge concert heard here. The Strangers and Merle sound like a fine tuned turbo-charged V8 and the song selection works absolutely perfect. Kudos to Capital for rereleasing this vintage performance. Kick back and enjoy. This is a NO-BRAINER!!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
the Premiere country gentleman outlaw 26 Feb 2003
By jerrybond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Merle Hagard has long been to me the quenticential country singer.His style of singing has an almost spiritual value, it clearly shows its gospel roots. Listening to many of these songs as a child, I can still remember many of the words to his truly timeless songs. His music takes me back to better days.This music means more today thhen when it first came out.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nothing new here. 2 previously released CDs. No bonus tracks or unreleased material. 11 Jun 2014
By Edward Rubinstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The label Capitol Nashville (Universal) has re-re-released Okie From Muskogee as a 2 CD edition. The first disc is "Okie From Muskogee." The second disc is the live Merle Haggard album entitled 'The Fighting Side of Me.' Both albums were previously released together on CD on the Disky label. 'The Fighting Side Of Me" was also released by BGO records on a two-fer CD, entitled "Just Between the Two of Us / Fightin Side of Me."

The misinformed editorial review is embarrassing to Merle Haggard fans. It states "The live 'Okie from Muskogee' album was originally released in 1969 as an attack on the liberal hippies who represented American pop culture in the late '60s and the title song struck a chord in audiences across the country."

Whoever wrote this editorial review needs to make some corrections. Merle Haggard didn't write 'Okie From Muskogee' as an attack on the hippies. Instead, it was Merle's humorous response to the bickering between the hippies and squares. Merle was observing the situation from his own perspective, as a third party.

Next, the editorial review states "Merle Haggard then released another live album called 'The Fightin' Side of Me' at the beginning of 1970, and it also shot to number one. This album went out of print around 1974 and has remained so until today. This is the first time audiences will be able to own a digital/CD version of 'The Fighting Side of Me' live album."

Once again, the editorial review is filled with blatant lies. Both of these albums have been re-issued multiple times and on CD on different labels.
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