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Merle Haggard – Mama Tried


There’s little doubt that Merle Haggard is an enduring country music legend. In 1968, when Mama Tried first hit the shelves, he was riding high as the CMA Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year, coming fresh from the 1967 Album of the Year, Lonesome Fugitive. A terrific slice of early Merle.


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Merle Haggard, one of country music’s giants, helped create the Bakersfield Sound along with Buck Owens. Mama Tried was originally released in 1968 and, besides the title track, features “Green Green Grass of Home” and “Folsom Prison Blues”.

• Limited Edition
• 180g Audiophile Pressing
• Original packaging
• 4-Color Single Jacket
• White Sleeve


AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Mama Tried is a typically fine late-’60s LP from Merle Haggard, comprised of a number of strong originals and several excellent covers. While “Mama Tried” stands out among Haggard’s original material, “I’ll Always Know” and “You’ll Never Love Me Now” are both solid songs. Still, those two tracks pale next to the best covers on the record. Merle delivers “Little Ole Wine Drinker Me,” “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad),” “Teach Me to Forget,” “Run ‘Em Off” and “Too Many Bridges to Cross Over” with grit and an open, affecting honesty that makes Mama Tried one of Hag’s best records.


1. Mama Tried
2. Green, Green Grass of Home
3. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me
4. In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
5. I Could Have Gone Right
6. I’ll Always Know
1. The Sunny Side of My Life
2. Teach Me to Forget
3. Folsom Prison Blues
4. Run ‘Em Off
5. You’ll Never Love Me Now
6. Too Many Bridges to Cross Over


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm