Songs I'll Always Sing

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Songs I'll Always Sing
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Compilation album by
ReleasedApril 11, 1977
GenreCountry
LabelCapitol
ProducerKen Nelson, Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard and The Strangers chronology
The Roots of My Raising
(1976)
Songs I'll Always Sing
(1977)
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(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 best known recordings during his successful run at the label, including nine of his twenty-four #1 hits dating back to 1966.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]

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, Eddie Burris) – 2:53 - 1969 #1
  2. "The Emptiest Arms in the World" – 2:50 - 1973
  3. "Mama Tried" – 2:10 - 1968 #1
  4. "Swinging Doors" – 2:51 - 1966
  5. "Uncle Lem" (Glenn Martin) – 2:54 - 1974

Side 2[edit]

  1. "The Fightin' Side of Me" – 2:48 - 1970 #1
  2. "Sing Me Back Home" – 2:45 - 1968 #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 - 1967 #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 Honor" – 2:47 - 1974
  3. "Branded Man" – 3:04 - 1967
  4. "Someday We'll Look Back" – 2:28 - 1971
  5. "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am" – 1:56 - 1968

Personnel[edit]

The Strangers:

  • Roy Nichols – lead guitar
  • Norman Hamlet – steel guitar
  • Tiny Moore – mandolin, fiddle
  • Eldon Shamblin– guitar
  • Ralph Mooney – steel guitar
  • Gene Price – bass
  • Gordon Terry - fiddle
  • Ronnie Reno – guitar
  • Bobby Wayne – guitar
  • Marcia Nichols – guitar
  • Clint Strong – guitar
  • Mark Yeary – piano
  • George French – piano
  • Dennis Hromek – bass
  • James Tittle – bass
  • Johnny Meeks - bass
  • Jerry Ward – bass
  • Wayne Durham – bass
  • Biff Adam – drums
  • Eddie Burris – drums
  • Don Markham – saxophone
  • Jimmy Belkin – fiddle
  • Gary Church – horns


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.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: H". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.