Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Swinging Doors & Bottle Let Me Down
Genres: Country, Pop
Exemplary early Hag, Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down is the album that solidified the then-newcomer's standing as a budding force in country music. Indeed, Haggard's third album set a high bar that Merle quickly ... more »
Exemplary early Hag, Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down is the album that solidified the then-newcomer's standing as a budding force in country music. Indeed, Haggard's third album set a high bar that Merle quickly proved he could clear with remarkable consistency. This 1966 collection features a dozen tracks cut between the winter of '65 and the following summer, including a couple of Haggard-penned classics--the two title tracks. A cover of Bakersfield crony Tommy Collins's stately "High on a Hilltop" is yet another highlight in this uniformly strong set. A key building block in any Haggard collection. --Steven Stolder
Merle High on the Stool
Michael S. Mahoney | Louisville, KY United States | 07/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album from the sixties finds Merle hitting his stride. The arrangements are straight ahead country, pure Bakersfield, without all the frills, fakery, and stomach churning pop veneer that keeps gushing out of today's Nashville. The title tracks don't sound any better anywhere, and the overlooked "The Longer You Wait" just further proves Merle's songwriting supremacy. Populism has few finer proponents than the Hag. Put this disc on and let your own inner hayseed grin in validation."
FANTASTIC! I have never enjoyed Haggard until this evening.
Michael S. Mahoney | 06/21/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Merl is wonderful. You can't imagine the thrill I had to be the first to review such a fine piece of art. He deserves an award for this. Every song was like a piece of melting butter running through my ears. WOW! I just wish I had time to listen to them all over and over. Even if you don't like country, Merl is the man for you. You would be a fool not to get this cd."