MERLE HAGGARD ~What A Friend We Have In Jesus~ GOSPEL CD
1. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
2. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
4. Why Me
5. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels
6. He Walks With Me
7. Where No One Stands Alone
8. Old Rugged Cross, The
9. Softly And Tenderly
10. One Day At A Time
INTERNET NOTES About This Album:
In 1981, Merle Haggard released an album of Gospel songs entitled SONGS FOR THE MAMA THAT TRIED. In 1994, MCA Records resequenced the album (deleting one track, a cover of the Carter Family's "Keep On The Sunnyside") and retitled the disc WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.
It's hard to listen to the spartan arrangements and moving vocal performances on WHAT A FRIEND without remembering the many struggles of Haggard's life: childhood poverty, early imprisonment, and, after his rise to fame, problems with drugs, alcohol, and personal relationships. Haggard's life experiences deepen his performances on WHAT A FRIEND; his singing manages to communicate both his desire to approach God and his regrets over past failings. Several songs deal directly with man's unworthiness of God's love, others with the loss of loved ones and the challenge that poses to faith. But Haggard imbues even the songs of pure faith, such as "In The Garden" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" with a powerful sadness, taking WHAT A FRIEND to a level of profundity many country Gospel albums never approach.
LABEL; MCA RECORDS, INC., Universal City, CA 1981 1994
RECORDING; Studio, Stereo
Please Note fine print on CD: This compact disc contains program transferred from analog tape and therefore may contain some tape hiss and other anomalies that exist with analog recordings.