Merle Haggard & the Strangers

The Land of Many Churches

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Released in 1971, The Land of Many Churches is similar to other Merle Haggard tribute albums released in the same era, including Same Train, Different Time and I Love Dixie Blues. To his credit, Haggard had a greater need to shine light on the music that influenced him, more so than the need to release material that guaranteed a surefire hit. These 24 tracks include gospel chestnuts "Precious Memories," "Turn Your Radio On," "Amazing Grace," and a great version of the Hank Williams composition "I Saw the Light." Recorded live at the Nashville Union Rescue Mission and several rural churches across the country, Haggard is joined by guests Bonnie Owens and the Carter Family. Highly recommended to traditional country fans.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:39 Amazon
2 03:26 Amazon
3 03:14 Amazon
4
02:40 Amazon
5 02:09 Amazon
6 02:58 Amazon
7
01:23 Amazon
8
02:09 Amazon
9 03:33 Amazon
10 02:25 Amazon
11 03:15 Amazon
12 04:03 Amazon
13
01:00 Amazon
14
01:28 Amazon
15 02:58 Amazon
16 03:02 Amazon
17 04:13 Amazon
18 02:47 Amazon
19 05:02 Amazon
20 02:50 Amazon
21 03:38 Amazon
22 02:30 Amazon
23 03:19 Amazon
24
01:04 Amazon
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