1994 (album)

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1994
1994 Merle Haggard.jpg
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released March 22, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Country
Length 34:24
Label Curb
Producer James Stroud
Merle Haggard chronology
Blue Jungle
(1990)Blue Jungle1990
1994
(1994)
1996
(1996)19961996

1994 is the forty-eighth studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1994.

Background[edit]

Although Haggard's profile remained high in 1994, having been the subject of two tribute albums (Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard and Tulare Dust), 1994 was a commercial disappointment, peaking at number 60 on the Billboard country albums chart. It had been four years since Haggard's previous album Blue Jungle, and in his Haggard biography The Running Kind, David Cantwell writes that Haggard, "took to bitching in interviews that Curb was happy enough to use his name for bait, luring future stars like Tim McGraw to the label, but it wouldn't release his music."[1] The album includes a remake of his 1977 hit "Ramblin' Fever."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

Dan Cooper of AllMusic calls 1994 Haggard's strongest album since Big City.[2] Biographer David Cantwell observed in 2013, "When it finally showed up, 1994 improved considerably on Blue Jungle."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Am an Island" (Max D. Barnes) – 3:34
  2. "In My Next Life" (Barnes) – 3:48
  3. "Way Back in the Mountains" (Merle Haggard, Barnes) – 3:09
  4. "What's New in New York City" (Haggard) – 2:47
  5. "Set My Chickens Free" (Haggard, Richard Smith) – 2:18
  6. "Chores" (Haggard, Barnes, Billy Davis, Theresa Lane) – 3:06
  7. "Valentine" (Willie Nelson) – 3:09
  8. "Solid as a Rock" (Haggard, Barnes) – 3:11
  9. "Bye, Bye, Travelin' Blues" (Haggard, Dean Holloway) – 2:56
  10. "Troubadour" (Haggard) – 2:28
  11. "Ramblin' Fever" (Haggard) – 3:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Biff Adams – drums
  • Larry Byrom – guitar
  • Glen Duncan – fiddle
  • Sonny Garrish – dobro, steel guitar
  • Owen Hale – drums
  • Norm Hamlet – steel guitar
  • Dann Huff – guitar
  • Abe Manuel, Jr. – guitar
  • Joe Manuel – guitar
  • Don Markham – trumpet, saxophone
  • Hilton Reed – guitar
  • Leland Sklar – bass
  • Gary W. Smith – piano
  • Joe Spivey – fiddle
  • Curtis Wright – background vocals
  • Curtis Young – background vocals

Production notes:

  • James Stroud – producer
  • Hank Williams – mastering
  • Julian King – engineer
  • Steve Ledet – assistant engineer
  • Rodney Good – assistant engineer
  • Mark Hagen – assistant engineer
  • Lynn Peterzell – engineer, mixing
  • Doug Rich – production assistant

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Billboard Country albums 60

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cantwell, David (2013). Merle Haggard: The Running Kind. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71771-8. 
  2. ^ a b Cooper, Dan. "1994 > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved February 22, 2015.