Merle Haggard

40 Greatest Hits

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Though this two-CD set of re-recordings is an unusually extensive survey of Merle Haggard's back catalog of songs, it barely scratches the surface of the singer's remarkable output. Nevertheless, four decades of songs, like his first hit, "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers," the redneck anthem "Okie from Muskogee," and the bleak "If We Make It Through December," as well as barroom classics like "Misery and Gin" and "It's Been a Great Afternoon," are proof that Haggard more than deserves his spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Hag's in great voice, and makes sure to give these songs a different treatment, so for fans who've heard the originals more times than they can count, this is a good place to turn.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Merle Haggard 02:39 Amazon
2 Merle Haggard 02:45 Amazon
3 Merle Haggard 02:46 Amazon
4 Merle Haggard 02:51 Amazon
5 Merle Haggard 02:59 Amazon
6 Merle Haggard 02:55 Amazon
7 Merle Haggard 02:25 Amazon
8 Merle Haggard 02:42 Amazon
9 Merle Haggard 04:04 Amazon
10 Merle Haggard 03:08 Amazon
11 Merle Haggard 03:30 Amazon
12 Merle Haggard 03:00 Amazon
13 Merle Haggard 02:27 Amazon
14 Merle Haggard 02:46 Amazon
15 Merle Haggard 02:37 Amazon
16 Merle Haggard 02:53 Amazon
17 Merle Haggard 02:45 Amazon
18 Merle Haggard 02:54 Amazon
19 Merle Haggard 02:58 Amazon
20 Merle Haggard 03:55 Amazon
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