Down Every Road 1962–1994

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Down Every Road 1962–1994
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Box set by Merle Haggard
Released April, 1996
Genre Country
Length 301:27
Label Capitol
Producer Various

Down Every Road 1962–1994 is a compilation album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1996. It covers music from his earliest work in the early 1960s to his Epic releases of the late 1980s. The boxed set includes three CDs of material recorded for Capitol (up to 1977) and one of Haggard's later MCA and Epic recordings.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times4 Stars[2]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic deems the album "not just the perfect Merle Haggard box set, it's one of the greatest box sets ever released as well, since it truly presents all sides of its subject, while offering nothing but sheer pleasure in terms of mere listening. "[1] Robert Hillburn of the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Merle Haggard writes of troubled souls and sweet dreams with the timeless simplicity of a great folk artist, while singing with the soulfulness and conviction of a classic bluesman. There is also in his body of work the independence and renegade attitude of a legendary rocker. It's no wonder that he is one of the most commanding artists of the modern pop era... The only weakness in this four-disc package is that it shortchanges Haggard's post-Capitol years."[2]

It was ranked at number 477 on 2012 updated version of Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, stating that it "is the ultimate collection from one of country's finest singers."[3]


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Steven Thomas. "Down Every Road > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Hillburn, Robert (April 26, 1996). "The 'Road' to Merle Haggard Paved With Recording Gems". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. 
  3. ^ "477) Merle Haggard, 'Down Every Road'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved July 14, 2012.