The Complete '60s Capitol Singles

The Complete '60s Capitol Singles

by Merle HaggardMerle Haggard




Merle Haggard's Capitol recordings have been anthologized countless times so it could stand to reason there isn't much use for another CD of Hag's '60s sides. That assumption is decidedly wrong. Omnivore's 2013 set, The Complete '60s Capitol Singles, is the first compilation to present nothing but the A- and B-sides from Hag's '60s Capitol singles. After 1965's "Strangers," every single Merle released in the '60s apart from 1967's self-mythologizing "Someone Told My Story" reached the Billboard Country Top 10, constituting one of the great runs in country music, a run not diminished by the presence of the single's flipsides, which are sturdy songs cut from the same cloth as the A-side. By setting the parameters at Capitol, several of Merle's earliest hits are absent -- "Sing a Sad Song," "Sam Hill," and "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" were all released on the Californian independent label Tally, so they're not here -- and while they're missed, The Complete '60s Capitol Singles does offer something no other Haggard compilation has: each of these songs is presented in their original mono mixes, so this replicates how Merle Haggard would have been heard on the radio and on jukeboxes across America. This is how Merle Haggard sounded in the '60s, when he catapulted from Bakersfield to the top of the charts, defining the sound of country music in the latter half of the decade, and by focusing intently on Haggard's legacy-creating hot streak, this Omnivore collection re-creates the sound and feel of Merle at his peak, so it's valuable even for those who already have this material elsewhere, whether it's in career-spanning compilations or Bear Family's in-depth exploration of these years.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2013
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651013616
catalogNumber: 101361

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Merle Haggard   Primary Artist
Glen Campbell   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Reed   Guitar
James Burton   Dobro,Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Tommy Collins   Guitar
Jim Gordon   Drums
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Jack Collier   Guitar
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Norm Hamlet   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Ralph Mooney   Steel Guitar
Bob Morris   Bass
Roy Nichols   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocal Harmony
Bonnie Owens   Vocal Harmony
Lewis Talley   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Billy Mize   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Ward   Bass
Bobby Austin   Bass
Bert Dodson   Bass
Eddie Burris   Drums
James Ellington   Piano
George French   Piano
Junior Huskey   Bass
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Willard Price   Bass
Shorty Mullins   Guitar
Peaches Price   Drums
Paul Baugh   Guitar

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Casey Anderson   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Hank Cochran   Composer
Ken Nelson   Original Album Producer
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Don Rich   Composer
Deke Dickerson   Liner Notes
Fuzzy Owen   Original Album Producer
Liz Anderson   Composer
Donna Austin   Composer
Bryan George   Licensing
Clifford Hills   Contributor
Ray Burris   Composer

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