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Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson - Seashores of Old Mexico (1987)
Artist: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson
Title Of Album: Seashores of Old Mexico
Year Of Release: 1987
Label: Epic
Genre: Country
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 39:51
Total Size: 179 mb
WebSite: Album Preview


1. Seashores of Old Mexico (3:37)
2. Without You on My Side (3:07)
3. When Times Were Good (6:40)
4. Jimmy the Broom (3:33)
5. Yesterday (3:27)
6. If I Could Only Fly (5:13)
7. Shotgun and a Pistol (3:05)
8. Love Makes a Fool of Us All (3:31)
9. Why Do I Have to Choose (3:54)
10. Silver Wings (3:41)

Merle Haggard - vocals, guitar
Willie Nelson - vocals, guitar
Donna Faye - background vocals
Roy Nichols - guitar
Clint Strong - guitar
Biff Adams - drums
Dennis Hromek - bass
Spencer Starnes - bass
Dean Reynolds - upright bass
Johnny Gimble - fiddle
Jimmy Belken - fiddle
Gary Church - trumpet
Don Markham - sax
Norm Hamlet - steel guitar
Mark Yeary - piano

Five years after the triumph of Pancho & Lefty, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson recorded the follow-up, Seashores of Old Mexico. Alas, little of what made the earlier album so great is in evidence.
At times the album sounds like a Merle Haggard record with Willie Nelson on hand as support. "Without You on My Side" reveals no evidence of Nelson and his guitar at all; it sounds like a castoff from Haggard's 1987 Chill Factor album.
More importantly, the song selection is a mixed bag, with a few top-notch songs mixed with many second-rate ones. The title track and "Jimmy the Broom," both by Haggard, don't match his best writing of the period, and sound stilted and forced. A cover of the Beatles' "Yesterday" doesn't really work either, although they give it a good try. The best tracks on the album are the last two: Nelson's "Why Do I Have to Choose" and Haggard's "Silver Wings," both from the artists' back catalogs. These mark the only times on the album when it sounds like they are really working together.
Having achieved a masterpiece on their first outing together, Haggard and Nelson may have set a standard impossible to match; Seashores of Old Mexico certainly doesn't come close. - AMG


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Tags: Haggard, Willie, Nelson, Seashores, Mexico

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