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Mama Tried
Merle Haggard & the Strangers
Mama Tried
Genres: Country, Pop
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All Artists: Merle Haggard & the Strangers
Title: Mama Tried
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Special Products
Original Release Date: 1/1/1968
Re-Release Date: 10/23/2001
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Roadhouse Country, Classic Country, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724353497422, 0724353497453

CD Reviews

One great album
David B. Haglund | 01/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An underappreciated gem (I can't believe there are no other reviews). Many critics call this Merle Haggard's best album-- at least from the 60s-- and I tend to agree. It leads off with the title track, a great Haggard original (Bob Weir used to sing this with the Grateful Dead), and on this track as well as others, the use of one acoustic and one electric guitar provides a sound that both rocks and recalls traditional country. The band is excellent and the production is pleasantly subdued-- no soaring string sections obscuring the other instruments. Another standout track is I'll Always Know, also a Haggard original. Covers of Cash's Folsom Prison, and Green Grass of Home (which Cash did beautifully on Live at Folsom Prison), while they can't unseat Cash's versions, are very good. Little Ol' Wine Drinker Me is excellent, and Too Many Bridges to Cross Over is another highlight. Only Run 'Em Off is a dud, in my opinion."
Merle's Truest and Best
Shell-Zee | Long Island, NY | 02/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Perhaps the most quintessential "Bakersfield-Sound" album ever recorded. Now you're covering a whole lot of territoy having said that. There's everyone from Buck Owens to Sonny James and Hank Thompson and the great Merle Haggard himself. Nobody could make you feel the hurt of having been taken from your home and living life behind bars. Nobody, not Johnny Cash, not George Jones, not even sweet ole' Willie Nelson. No Sir! Merle is special and this is Merle at his truest and best! Long live the sounds of Bakersfield...Long Live Merle Haggard!"
Perfect Country Song
Donald L. Garrison Jr. | Little Rock AR USA | 05/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Mama Tried" includes the title track that is probably the best country song there is. Everything from the beginning riff to the lyrics to the ending. I have heard the song many times the last 40 years, but still get chills when I hear it. Get this album immediately."