FORMAT: NTSC REGION: ALL REGIONS
COLOUR / B&W RUNNING TIME: 65 MINS.
REVIEW: When Merle Haggard left prison in 1960, he went on to achieve 38 #1 hits (to date) and establish himself as one of the greats in country music. But getting out of prison didn’t mean leaving his rebel ways behind. Haggard’s songwriting depicted the truths of a rough-and-tumble life which he fused with a musical style derived from hardcore country, jazz, blues and folk to create a sound no one had ever heard before, with lyrics many could relate to.
This collection features nearly two decades of rarely seen performances of Merle in his prime that have since been archived by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Now for the first time on DVD, experience the hits through a chronology of vintage live performances such as “Branded Man” (Country Music Holiday, 1968), “Mama Tried” (Billy Walker’s Country Carnival, 1968) and “Okie From Muskogee” (The Porter Wagoner Show, 1970). From the walls of San Quentin to his free-spirited life as an irreverent and unique voice outside the Nashville establishment to his induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Merle Haggard has never left a doubt that he is country’s original outlaw.
TRACK LISTING: Branded Man (1968) / The Bottle Let Me Down (1968) / Swinging Doors (1968) / Mama Tried (1968) / I Started Loving You Again (1968) / I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am (1968) / The Fightin’ Side Of Me (1970) / Okie From Muskogee (1970) / Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) (1972) / Workin’ Man Blues (1974) / Movin’ On (1975) / The Roots Of My Raising (1977) / Ramblin’ Fever (1977) / That’s The Way Love Goes (1983) / San Antonio Rose (1983).