Merle Haggard - Goin' Home for Christmas

Merle Haggard
Goin' Home for Christmas

(Epic/Legacy)

First Appeared at The Music Box, January 2004, Volume 11, #1

Written by John Metzger

Tue December 16, 2003, 12:00 AM CST

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Merle Haggardís 1982 album Goiní Home for Christmas is largely comprised of re-recorded versions of songs that first appeared on his í73 outing A Christmas Present, and while both certainly are not a necessity, owning either of these releases is a must for fans of traditional country music. As one might expect, Haggardís view of the holiday is somewhat atypical as he recounts tales of economic hardship (If We Make It through December) as well as prison laments (Daddy Wonít Be Home Again for Christmas), placing them alongside tunes that are light-hearted (Santa Claus Is Cominí to Town) and sentimental (Grandmaís Homemade Christmas Card). There are times when it tugs at the heartstrings and other times when itís just good fun. All in all, itís a tenderly charming collection that fuses country, blues, jazz, and swing as only Haggard can, and the playful rendition of White Christmas included on the recent reissue is merely the icing on the cake. starstarstar

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Ratings

1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!

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