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18 Rare Classics
Merle Haggard
18 Rare Classics
Genres: Country, Pop
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All Artists: Merle Haggard
Title: 18 Rare Classics
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Curb Records
Release Date: 6/18/1991
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Roadhouse Country, Classic Country, Western Swing
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 715187749023, 715187749047

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Interesting songs not all available elsewhere
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 04/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Curb released this collection partly to supplement other collections of Merle's hits then available on CD (Capitol Collectors series, More of the best, Best of the early years - all of which I've reviewed though two are long out of print). At the time this was released, three of his Capitol number one country hits (Kentucky gambler, Grandma Harp, Carolyn) were (to my knowledge) unavailable on CD. Two of them are included here, together with many great songs - a mix of B-sides and album tracks.

Dolly Parton wrote Kentucky gambler, which Merle took to the top of the country charts in 1974. Dolly's own version appeared on her album, Bargain store. Grandma Harp is based on a true story about a grand old lady. Running kind (about restlessness) is one of two other country hits on this collection - it made number twelve in 1977. The remaining country hit, A working man can't get nowhere today, made the top twenty in 1977.

Other songs that may be familiar to those with only a limited knowledge of Merle's music include two covers of country classics (Green green grass of home, Making believe) and Silver wings, one of his most popular B-sides. In the nineties, Merle re-recorded Silver wings as a duet with Jewel.

Of the others, I particularly like What have you got planned Diana (originally released as the B-side to Cherokee maiden), Here in Frisco and Where does the good times go - but there are a lot of great songs here, many still not available elsewhere on CD.

This collection may not appeal to casual fans just looking for hits but has much to offer committed fans of Merle's music."
The HAG tells it the way it is
Jenny Murray | 01/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Merle Haggard songs of real life is something every hard working american can relate to.Not like these tight jeans pretty boy singers of today."
One of the best from Merle Haggard.
FREDDIE RAPER ( | Howe, Texas | 10/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The album is typical from Merle. It has some great songs in it and some great classics. I am very pleased with this album. If you are a Haggard fan, then by all means, buy this album. You want be un- happy with it."