Any list of the most enduring songs in country music history needs to include Merle Haggard. And if you can only pick one song, it almost has to be “Okie from Muskogee.”    Written and recorded by the Country Music Hall of Fame member, “Okie” hit the airwaves in the politically charged year of 1969, when Nixon had just been elected, the Civil Rights Act was only five years old, hippies were pouring into San Francisco and the Vietnam War was in full swing. The song quickly became a No. 1 smash hit for Haggard — as did the album of the same name, which was recorded live in Muskogee, Oklahoma and appeared later that same year.
On March 25 of this year, the entire Okie from Muskogee album will get a full reissue in honor of its 45th anniversary. As a bonus, a second disc will feature another live Haggard album, The Fightin’ Side of Me, which was originally issued in 1970. See the full track listing for both discs below.   read more

Both albums have been remastered from the original analog tapes.
Track listing for the Okie from Muskogee Anniversary Edition:
Disc 1
Okie From Muskogee
Recorded Live In Muskogee, Oklahoma 1969
1. Introduction by Carlton Haney
2. Mama Tried
3. No Hard Times
4. Silver Wings
5. Merle Receives Key To Muskogee
6. Mere’s Introduction to Medley
7. Swinging Doors
8. I’m A Lonesome Fugitive
9. Sing Me Back Home
10. Branded Man
11. In The Arms Of Love
12. Workin’ Man Blues
13. Merle’s Introduction To “Hobo Bill”
14. Hobo Bill’s Last Ride
15. Billy Overcame His Size
16. If I Had Left It Up To You
17. White Line Fever
18. Blue Rock
19. Introduction To “Okie From Muskogee”
20. Okie From Muskogee

Disc 2
The Fightin’ Side Of Me
Recorded Live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1970
1. Opening Theme: Hammin’ It Up
2. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
3. Corrine Corrina
4. Every Fool Has A Rainbow
5. T.B. Blues
6. When Did Right Become So Wrong
7. Philadelphia Lawyer
8. Stealin’ Corn
9. Harold’s Super Service
10. Devil Woman
11. I’m Movin’ On
12. Folsom Prison Blues
13. Jackson
14. Orange Blossom Special
15. Love’s Gonna Live Here
16. Today I Started Loving You Again
17. Okie From Muskogee
18. The Fightin’ Side Of Me