Merle Haggard

It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)/If We Make It Through December

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It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)/If We Make It Through December Review

by Thom Jurek

This BGO two-fer features two of Merle Haggard's Capitol albums from the early '70s. These are largely unheralded despite the fact that they are solid offerings from Hag. Of course, the title track of If We Make It Through December is one of his greatest singles, but there's much more here, too: "Uncle Lem," "New York City Blues," "A Shoulder to Cry On," "Dad's Old Fiddle," and "Come on into My Arms" reveal Haggard's more sentimental side, but that's not to say that these recordings are not powerful. They are, and the man was at the top of his game and remained that way into the 21st century.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 03:23 Amazon
2 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:44 Amazon
3 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:45 Amazon
4 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:37 Amazon
5 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 03:13 Amazon
6 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:47 Amazon
7 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 03:13 Amazon
8 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 03:03 Amazon
9 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:55 Amazon
10 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 03:00 Amazon
11 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:11 Amazon
12 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:43 Amazon
13 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:53 Amazon
14 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:31 Amazon
15 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:59 Amazon
16 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:35 Amazon
17 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:47 Amazon
18 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:29 Amazon
19 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:54 Amazon
20 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:58 Amazon
21 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:59 Amazon
22 Merle Haggard feat: Merle Haggard & the Strangers 02:53 Amazon
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