Merle Haggard – Live 1983 (DVD-Video/MVD/Quantum Leap)
C- Sound: C- Extras: C- Concert: C+
Haggard is one of the great Country & Western artists, who caught a break
in the mid-1960s and by the 1970s was hot enough to crossover to the national
Pop chart with his Top 30 hit If We Make
It Through December in 1974.
Establishing himself as one of the “outlaws” of the genre, Pop success
was very rare, but he was huge on the country charts and sold millions of
albums. This new DVD concert from an
Orlando, Florida concert in 1983 shows the survivor in prime form. Too bad the disc is problematic.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
If You Want To be My Woman
Workin’ Man Blues
Folsom Prison Blues
10) Medley: Brain Cloudy Blues/Milk
11) Begging To Yoy
12) The Bottle Let Me Down
13) What Am I Gonna Do?
14) Ida Red
15) San Antonio Rose
16) Corinna Corinna
17) Take Me Back To Tulsa
18) Faded Love, A Maiden’s Prayer
19) Fiddle Breakdown
20) Right Or Wrong
21) Ramblin’ Fever
22) That’s The Way Love Goes
23) Today I Started Loving You
24) Okie From Muskogee
25) The Fighting Side Of Me
day, some of those songs (like #24) are still controversial, but what is
especially interesting is to see Country that has not been cleansed of… well,
Country! Never a big fan of Country,
when I compare this music to the current watered-down version, I have a new
respect and appreciation by default. Though
it is nice to see real and hear real Country Music, I will not be buying any
Haggard box sets anytime soon. Still,
you can see why his work is still in demand over forty years later.
X 1 image was shot on NTSC analog video and this copy is so many generations
down that it is amazing it holds its color.
It is very, very soft, with color bleeding, detail issues and fuzziness
throughout. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
is compressed, stuffy and shows its age, somehow not warping. The combination is for diehard fans of
Haggard only. No extras unless you count
previews for other titles from the same company.
also be noted that this lasts only 45 minutes and not 80 as the box claims.
- Nicholas Sheffo