Merle Haggard

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

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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 03:23 Amazon
2 02:44 Amazon
3 02:45 Amazon
4 02:37 Amazon
5 03:13 Amazon
6 02:47 Amazon
7 03:13 Amazon
8 03:03 Amazon
9 02:55 Amazon
10 03:00 Amazon
11 02:11 Amazon
12 02:43 Amazon
13 02:53 Amazon
14 02:31 Amazon
15 02:59 Amazon
16 02:35 Amazon
17 02:47 Amazon
18 02:29 Amazon
19 02:54 Amazon
20 02:58 Amazon
21 02:59 Amazon
22 02:53 Amazon
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