Hag (album)

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Hag
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released April 22, 1971
Recorded March, July, August, September 1970
Capitol Records Studio, Hollywood, CA and RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, TN
Genre Country
Label Capitol ST-735
Producer Ken Nelson
Merle Haggard chronology
A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (or, My Salute to Bob Wills)
(1970)
Hag
(1971)
The Land of Many Churches
(1971)
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Hag is the 14th studio album by country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1971. It was his first album with a majority of original songs in two years. It reached #1 on the Billboard Country album chart and #66 on the Pop album chart. The album spawned four hit singles: "Jesus, Take a Hold", "I Can't Be Myself", "Soldiers Last Letter" and "Sidewalks of Chicago", all of which reached #3 on the Country singles chart.

Hag was reissued along with Let Me Tell You About a Song on CD by Beat Goes On Records in 2002.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Merle Haggard unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Soldier's Last Letter" (Redd Stewart, Ernest Tubb) – 2:13
  2. "Shelly's Winter Love" – 3:24
  3. "Jesus, Take a Hold" – 2:18
  4. "I Can't Be Myself" – 2:53
  5. "I'm a Good Loser" – 2:40
  6. "Sidewalks of Chicago" (Dave Kirby) – 2:31
  7. "No Reason to Quit" (Dean Holloway) – 2:37
  8. "If You've Got Time (To Say Goodbye)" – 2:54
  9. "The Farmer's Daughter" – 2:57
  10. "I've Done It All" – 2:16

Personnel[edit]

  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Roy Nichols – guitar
  • Red Lane – guitar
  • Bobby Wayne – guitar
  • Norman Hamlet – pedal steel guitar, dobro
  • Dennis Hromek – bass
  • Biff Adam – drums
  • Johnny Gimble – fiddle
  • Earl Ball – piano
  • George French – piano
  • Glen D. Hardin – piano

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 Billboard Country albums 1
1971 Billboard Pop albums 66

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