CD - Merle Haggard - Roots Vol. 1

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CD - Merle Haggard - Roots Vol. 1

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CD - Merle Haggard - Roots Vol. 1

On his CD "Roots", Merle perfectly captures the style and mood of classic '50s Country. "Roots" is an elevated form of of musical expression with a presence of his own, and the Strangers, particularly steel man Norm Hamlet, pianist Doug Colosio and fiddler-mandolinist Abe Manuel Jr. have risen to the occasion with an equally reverent restraint that's resulted in a mix of creative rediscovery and pursuit of simplicity.

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Roots Vol. 1
1. Always Late (With Your Kisses)
2. More Than My Old Guitar
3. If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)
4. Look What Thoughts Will Do
5. My Baby's Just Like Money
6. Honky Tonkin'
7. Runaway Mama
8. I'll Sign My Heart Away
9. I've Got A Tender Heart
10. The Wild Side Of Life
11. Take These Chains From My Heart
12. I Want To Be With You Always

Amazon.com Review:
It's entirely appropriate that the cover photo here--Merle Haggard seated in front of a fireplace and surrounded by the albums of his favorite country singers--bears more than a passing resemblance to Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home. On Roots, Volume 1, Hag brings it home here by honoring some of his earliest influences, recording their songs in the swinging, stripped-down honky-tonk style popular during the middle of the 20th century. Merle covers Hank Thompson and Hank Williams, but he devotes the most time to Lefty Frizzell. Indeed, Merle sings classics like "Always Late" and "If You've Got the Money" in a voice brimming with Lefty's patented curlicued phrasing. What's more, he's signed up Frizzell's old lead guitarist, Norm Stephens, to reprise his most indelible licks. The highlights come, though, when Haggard sings his own songs, particularly "More Than My Old Guitar," where Merle not only insists he loves his wife more than his six string but more than "God loves the poor." --David Cantwell