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The General Danced at Dawn
The General Danced at Dawn
Price: 2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book !!!, 19 April 2014
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I read this years ago and couldn't stop laughing.

Being a Scot, the descriptions of the characters and use of the vernacular was easy to understand - our American/Canadian friends will have to ask for translations at times !!!

Although it's never named, it's clearly obvious which famous Highland regiment (now sadly absorbed into an amalgamation) is involved.

The defence case reference the court martial of the central "villain" of the book is classic military logic.

Well worth a read.


Okie From Muskogee (Aniv)
Okie From Muskogee (Aniv)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 19.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the product description, 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.


Strangers/Swinging + 5
Strangers/Swinging + 5
Price: 24.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Not the first time on CD, 18 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Strangers/Swinging + 5 (Audio CD)
OK - this is not the first time either of these early Hag titles has been re-issued on CD either as single CDs or as a paired so called two-fer product.

"Swinging Doors/The Bottle Let Me Down" was re-released on KOCH (US) in 1995 - to date (March 2014) it remains the only stand alone CD version to have been re-issued. It is not so easy to locate nowadays.

"Strangers" was re-released by CAPITOL (US) in 2001 as part of their fine Cornerstone series of digitally remastered CDs - again that is the only stand alone CD version so far re-issued. It is still relatively easy to find online.

As early as 1998 EMI (UK) paired the two albums together for the first time - and not too difficult to come across on the internet.

The two-fer featured here was re-released by CAPITOL (US) in 2006 with five additional bonus tracks - four of these were previously available in Bear Family's 5 CD box set "Untamed Hawk" from 1995. The version of "Jimmie The Kid" is not the one added to Bear Family's 1993 CD version of the album "Same Train, A Different Time" - this is its first appearance on any commercially released product.

"Strangers" as marketed in 1965 was a bunch of tracks Haggard had recorded on Tally and put together on LP by Capitol when they bought out his contract.

"Swinging Doors/The Bottle Let Me Down" followed in 1966, all material recorded after Merle joined Capitol.

Both are fine albums, well worth having in your collection - regardless of which single or double CD options are available.

There are four other Hag two-fers available in this CAPITOL (US) series as well.


What a Friend We Have in Jesus
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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Price: 5.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Why the missing track ?, 13 Mar 2014
This is a 10 track CD re-issue of Merle's "Songs For The Mama That Tried" originally released in 1981.

For some unexplicable reason MCA dropped the song "Keep On The Sunnyside" from the CD lineup - the last track on the LP version.

Not the first time that Hag albums have been re-issued with one track omitted from the original repertoire - maybe there is a industry marketing issue at play ?

I avoid Gospel albums from country artists - Merle Haggard is an exception though as this was clearly a project close to his heart.


Hag's Christmas
Hag's Christmas
Price: 12.93

5.0 out of 5 stars the 1973 Capitol (US) album "Christmas Present" repackaged with new sleeve for CD., 10 Mar 2014
This review is from: Hag's Christmas (Audio CD)
Same 10 tracks - already on CD by Curb (US) with another (different) front sleeve.

Mixture of standard issue Xmas songs with a few Hag written contributions added - Merle's rendition of "Silent Night" is especially good.


1996
1996

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This UK release is actually 2 albums on 1, 10 Mar 2014
This review is from: 1996 (Audio CD)
The Curb (UK) version of "1996" has all the tracks from "1994" added - the label did not release "1994" in Britain as a stand alone single CD.

It can be easily recognised by the slanting "ribbons" at the top and bottom of the front sleeve (see image) - the US version does not have this.

21 tracks in all - 11 off "1994" plus 10 from "1996" on one disc.


The Epic Collection / Chill Factor / 5:01 Blues
The Epic Collection / Chill Factor / 5:01 Blues
Price: 13.44

3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a dog's dinner really., 5 Mar 2014
Over the years since their first 2 on 1 in 1996 BGO have excelled by re-issuing many Haggard titles on 2 fer 1 CDs that Capitol/EMI hadn't seen fit to re-issue on CD - check their website for specific details.

Now they've moved on to Merle's back catalogue with Epic and this selection is an odd choice.

Firstly, ALL of Hag's albums on Epic have been released on Compact Disc format as single stand alone albums - and some have been re-released (either as single albums or paired with another Epic title) on various other labels.

This package on disc one takes the 10 tracks from the live "The Epic Collection" (1983) added to the first 5 tracks from "Chill Factor" (1987). Disc two has tracks 11-16 off "Chill Factor" followed by the 10 tracks from "5:01 Blues" (1989).

If you want these albums on CD, and can't find it anywhere else, fair enough, otherwise search around for the titles on single or twinned re-issues.

From memory the material on the live album is all previously released studio work - the other two albums are very good.

The 3 star rating reflects my opinion of the odd choice of albums put together only.


5 Classic Albums
5 Classic Albums
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 34.06

5.0 out of 5 stars One album not yet a single CD release ?, 2 Mar 2014
This review is from: 5 Classic Albums (Audio CD)
Three of these five titles have been re-released as digitally remastered single CDs by Capitol (USA) in their Cornerstone series.

These are "Lonesome Fugitive" / "Branded Man" / "Mama Tried" - all from 2001.

To date (March 2014) Capitol have NOT re-issued "Swinging Doors" or "Pride In What I Am" as stand alone single CDs.

I'd really like to know if the other two albums in this package, "Swinging Doors" and "Pride In What I Am" are also to be marketed as single CDs.

Surely they can't only be available in this box set ?

The five star rating is based on the original albums which are all classic Hag and well worth having in this enhanced audio format.
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BiC Comfort 2 Twin Blade Disposable Razor  5 Pack
BiC Comfort 2 Twin Blade Disposable Razor 5 Pack
Offered by UK ONLINE
Price: 2.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Successor to the BIC Softwin, 28 Feb 2014
I really liked the original BIC Softwin (best disposable by far) introduced in the early 2000's - then BIC changed it's name to BIC Comfort Twin for "repositioning" on the market circa 2003.

Essentially that was the BIC Softwin by another name

They then changed the head and handle design to the model seen here but retained the name BIC Comfort Twin / Comfort 2.

The new revamped style is OK but not as good as the original versions, regardless of the name used.


My House of Memories: An Autobiography
My House of Memories: An Autobiography
by Merle Haggard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some old ground covered, 25 Jun 2013
Merle has lived the life that other Country artists can only sing about, so this is a totally extraordinary personal story, although some of the ground was covered (literally) in Hag's first biography "Sing Me Back Home" from 1981.

Nevertheless it's a great read.


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