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Serving 190 Proof
Merle Haggard
Serving 190 Proof
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Merle Haggard
Title: Serving 190 Proof
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca Special Products
Release Date: 1/1/1995
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Roadhouse Country, Classic Country
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 076732164525, 076732164549

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Little-known, but one of his best
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album was Merle Haggard's self-proclaimed "therapy" album, a kind of extended meditation about being (at the time) 41 years old and not sure about wanting to continue the life of a musician. The opener, "Footlights," lays out that gloomy dilemma right from the start; he croons the self-mocking lines "Tonight I'll kick the footlights out again/And try and hide the mood I'm really in/And flash on my ol' instamatic grin/Yes, tonight I'll kick the footlights out again" with the air of a guy who knows that those two hours up onstage aren't going to cure his blues, but what else is there to do? "Got Lonely Too Early This Morning," "I Can't Get Away," and many of the others continue in the same vein. It would all be bathetic if the playing and singing on this album weren't some of the best Haggard and The Strangers (and others) have ever done---and if the songs weren't some of Haggard's best. The mood clears at the end with the lovely "Roses In The Winter," but it's a stormy road getting there all the same. Worth it, anyway; if you like Merle Haggard, this is one you should get."
Great music, period.
Brian "Jazz Fan" J. B. | Kalamazoo, MI USA | 12/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hag's voice has deepened by this album and he uses that instrument very well here. This recording is as artistically superior as his Capitol stuff, but with a different sound and different topics. The whole album fits together, from the theme of running from life and trying to forget one's problems, to memories (false or imagined?) of a loving childhood, to staring all the problems a man can have in the face and declaring that there'll be roses in the winter because love is all we have to have (though you know a tough road lies ahead). A great combination of songs, singing, and musicianship. That this is basically a bargain bin album tells you all you need to know about the state of country music today. This album deserves a remastered, deluxe version with liner notes for godsakes."
Just doesn't get any better
Jazzy Jake | Severna Park, Maryland United States | 11/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album has a permanent place in my "desert island disks". A top candidate for the best country album of all time. With the exception of the mawkish "Sing A Family Song", it is one great song after another. Hag delivers each song with acuity and makes you a believer. The band is tight and contributes plenty interesting moments. I've always admired Hag for stepping outside the confines of traditional country arrangements (adding horns for example) and having the wisdom of assembling great players and letting them play.Bookmarked by perfect, melancholy songs, "Footlights" and "Roses In the Winter", my favorites also have to include "Driftwood", for its great flat picking, and "Heaven Was A Drink of Wine", for its witty pathos.This album showcases Hag at his best and it just doesn't get any better. It belongs in everyone's CD cabinet."