Merle Haggard

Best of the Best Gospel

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Although Merle Haggard is rarely mentioned in the same breath as performers like the Carter Family in the annals of gospel music, he nevertheless puts in a creditable performance on this live set of tried-and-true religious songs. Favorites like the barnstorming "I Saw the Light" and the singalong "Old Rugged Cross" are something of a departure from the prison and drinking song segments of Haggard's regular repertoire, but this collection should surprise no-one familiar with his more traditionally conservative songs like "The Fighting Side of Me" and "Okie From Muskogee."

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