Merle Haggard

Super Hits, Vol. 2

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This volume of Merle Haggard's Sony Super Hits series should be avoided. Not one of the ten tracks represents Haggard's work for the label throughout the '80s. Instead, these are re-recordings from Haggard's Capitol years: "Mama Tried," "Okie from Muskogee," "The Bottle Let Me Down," and "Swinging Doors." The disappointment isn't with Haggard's voice as much as the contractual obligation that forced him to revamp his back catalog. At least Super Hits, Vol. 3 included five of his '80s Epic hits. For completists only.

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