Artemis Strategic Marketing's 2005 release 11 #1 Hits does not contain the original hit versions of any of these 11 well-known songs but instead contains latter-day re-recordings from Merle Haggard. While Merle does sound a little bit older, he doesn't sound bad, and even if the performances aren't inspired, they are professional, so this is never less than a pleasant listen. Nevertheless, there's little reason to get this budget-priced collection when there are so many better Hag compilations on the market for not too many more dollars.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine