Songs I'll Always Sing

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Songs I'll Always Sing
Compilation album by Merle Haggard and The Strangers
Released April 11, 1977
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Producer Ken Nelson, Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard and The Strangers chronology
The Roots of My Raising
(1976)
Songs I'll Always Sing
(1977)
Ramblin' Fever
(1977)

Songs I'll Always Sing is a two record compilation album by American country music singer and songwriter Merle Haggard and The Strangers, released in 1977. It reached #15 in the US Country Charts. The album collects many of Haggard's most well known recordings during his incredibly successful run at the label, including nine of his twenty-four #1 hits dating back to 1966.

Critical Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote in his review: "Though many compilations have followed it since it was first released in 1976, Songs I'll Always Sing remains one of the definitive Merle Haggard compilations. Relying not only on hit singles, the 20-track double-album set features a number of album tracks and obscurities - such as 'Love and Honor,' 'Silver Wings,' 'Honky Tonk Night Time Man,' 'Things Aren't Funny Anymore,' and 'I Forget You Every Day' - which give a more rounded and accurate picture of Hag's classic Capitol recordings."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Merle Haggard unless otherwise noted.

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Okie from Muskogee" (Merle Haggard, Roy Burris) – 2:53 - 1977 #1
  2. "The Emptiest Arms in the World" – 2:50 - 1973
  3. "Mama Tried" – 2:10 - 1968 #1
  4. "Swinging Doors" – 2:51 - 1965
  5. "Uncle Lem" (Glenn Martin) – 2:54 - 1974

Side 2[edit]

  1. "The Fightin' Side of Me" – 2:48 - 1969 #1
  2. "Sing Me Back Home" – 2:45 - 1967 #1
  3. "Silver Wings" – 2:53 - 1968
  4. "Sing a Sad Song" (Wynn Stewart) – 2:30 - 1963
  5. "Honky Tonk Night Time Man" – 2:38 - 1974

Side 3[edit]

  1. "Kentucky Gambler" (Dolly Parton) – 2:39 - 1974 #1
  2. "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" (Liz Anderson, Casey Anderson) – 2:55 - 1969 #1
  3. "Things Aren't Funny Anymore" – 2:40 - 1974 #1
  4. "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)" – 3:10 - 1971 #1
  5. "I Forget You Every Day" – 2:52 - 1973

Side 4[edit]

  1. "Workin' Man Blues" – 2:33 - 1969 #1
  2. "Love and Honour" – 2:47 - 1973
  3. "Branded Man" – 3:04 - 1969
  4. "Someday We'll Look Back" – 2:28 - 1971
  5. "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am" – 1:56 - 1968

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Ken Nelson & Fuzzy Owen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Songs I'll Always Sing > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2015.