Though many compilations have followed it since it was first released in 1976, Songs I'll Always Sing remains one of the definitive Merle Haggard compilations. Relying not only on hit singles, the 20-track double-album set features a number of album tracks and obscurities -- such as "Love and Honor," "Silver Wings," "Honky Tonk Night Time Man," "Things Aren't Funny Anymore," and "I Forget You Every Day" -- which give a more rounded and accurate picture of Hag's classic Capitol recordings. After all, there were always a handful of killer songs on his individual albums that rivaled his hits singles in terms of quality. In terms of comprehensiveness, both the four-disc box Down Every Road and the double-disc The Lonesome Fugitive have supersceded Songs I'll Always Sing, but the double album set will always remain an excellent summation of his heyday.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine