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Hag's "Okie From Muskogee" gets reissued with bonus

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Merle Haggard's 45th anniversary edition of "Okie From Muskogee" will be released on March 25 on Capitol Nashville, including a long out-of-print live recording from Philadelphia.

Originally released in December 1969, the live album "Okie From Muskogee" was released shortly after the single "Okie From Muskogee" reached number one on the Billboard Country Singles Chart. The song served struck against the counter-culture of the late 1960s while extolling the virtues of a small-town, conservative lifestyle. The album, recorded live in Muskogee, Okla., won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969, Top Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee."

The anniversary edition also includes the long out of print 1970 live recording of "The Fighting Side of Me." Originally released in 1970, it was yet another record in his catalog to reach number one on the charts. The album has been long out of print. This is the first time audiences will be able to own a remastered CD/digital version.

Songs are:
Disc 1
Okie From Muskogee
Recorded Live In Muskogee, Okla. 1969
1. Introduction by Carlton Haney
2. Mama Tried
3. No Hard Times
4. Silver Wings
5. Merle Receives Key To Muskogee
6. Mere's Introduction to Medley
Medley:
7. Swinging Doors
8. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
9. Sing Me Back Home
10. Branded Man
11. In The Arms Of Love
12. Workin' Man Blues
13. Merle's Introduction To "Hobo Bill"
14. Hobo Bill's Last Ride
15. Billy Overcame His Size
16. If I Had Left It Up To You
17. White Line Fever
18. Blue Rock 1
9. Introduction To "Okie From Muskogee"
20. Okie From Muskogee

Disc 2
The Fightin' Side Of Me
Recorded Live in Philadelphia,1970
1. Opening Theme: Hammin' It Up
2. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
3. Corrine Corrina
4. Every Fool Has A Rainbow
5. T.B. Blues
6. When Did Right Become So Wrong
7. Philadelphia Lawyer
8. Stealin' Corn
9. Harold's Super Service
Medley:
10. Devil Woman
11. I'm Movin' On
12. Folsom Prison Blues
13. Jackson
14. Orange Blossom Special
15. Love's Gonna Live Here
16. Today I Started Loving You Again
17. Okie From Muskogee
18. The Fightin' Side Of Me

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