Merle Haggard - Down Every Road

The Review

As you probably gathered from my last review I am not a country fan which has made this album the most challenging so far. It is not the worse album but it is by far the longest. It turns out that Down Every Road is a 4 disc best of album with 100 tracks lasting a whopping great 4 hours and 46 minutes.

After about the first 30 minutes it was hard to be objective about any track as I just wanted it to end. Each song merged into the next and I couldn't really tell them apart anymore. In fact I am convinced at one point about 20 songs in I pressed the wrong button in iTunes and the album started again from the beginning and I didn't notice.

I am sure for country fans this is a classic album. I did occasionally find myself tapping my feet and tuning in to the odd track but on the whole this is just not my thing. Especially when there is 286 minutes of it.

Favourite Track: Workin' Mans Blues

Why Does This Review Exist?

I am working my way through Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time list and reviewing each album.

  • Each album is listened to only once.
  • The album is used as background music while working so how much attention I pay to it will depend on what I am doing at the time.
  • I do no research about the album or the artist.
  • The review is a one off, one moment opinion that may change with further listening.