It is Saturday and here is that purveyor of the Bakersfield sound, Merle Haggard. This double record set cost me either $1 or $3. I am guessing $3 due to the fact that it is a double record. Probably got it at a Record Show at the Hilton. I guess this is a good time as any to complain about what became an occurrence this month. That is a had albums picked out which I was kind of jazzed about only to find that the records inside were different. One was an early Aretha Franklin record. The other was the movie soundtrack of “The Pajama Game” featuring Doris Day, John Raitt, and Eddie Foy jr ( I know, I said I was sick of Broadway but…). Anyway, I was quite bummed out at both instances. I think in January, I will dedicate a week to these kind of albums.
This was a greatest hits compilation from 1969 by Capitol Records, released around the same time of some of Haggard’s biggest hits (not included in this collection) such as “Mama Tried” “Hungry Eyes”, and “Okie From Muskogee”. Most of these songs are written by Haggard but there are other songwriters here such as Liz Anderson, Tommy Collins, Wynn Stewart, and Ernest Tubb. Overall, it is a good collection of early Haggard showing off both his singing as well as song writing.
For a sample, I went with my old favorite, the Haggard penned “Swinging Doors” although I like Ray Price’s version better which I believe I posted on this blog.