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Long live the king...,
This review is from: MERLE HAGGARD/FROM THE KING TO BARROOMS (Audio CD)
This album is brilliant as a tribute to Elvis and as a collection of brilliant Merle Haggard songs in their own right. I know this album first came out a long time ago, and it's a crime that it's only just received a re-release.
The album includes more laid-back and slower-tempo songs than what most Merle Haggard fans would be used to, but that's due to the context of the album's release and the contrast it provides when those rocking Elvis tracks kick in. The whole album features songs that are great to listen to, I can;t think of one I don't like. Misery & Gin is enough of a reason to buy this album!
Seriously though, this in my opinion is Merle Haggard when he was near his best, a slightly deeper voice than his earlier work and still full of that uniqueness that made him a star. If you're a Merle fan already, a country music fan or simply someone who just enjoys good, creative music, I can't recommend this enough.