Beauty Is CD (2014)

Artist: Ray Price

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SKU 263071452
UPC 858116004142
UPC 14 00858116004142
Format CD
Release Date 4/15/2014
Author Ray Price
Associated Artist/Work Greenwood, Lee
Associated Artist/Work Haggard, Merle
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Willie
Associated Artist/Work Shelton, Ricky Van
Associated Artist/Work Van Shelton, Ricky
Associated Artist/Work Wagoner, Porter
Associated Artist/Work Young, Faron
Technical Info
Engineer Jordan Lehning; Kyle Lehning; Pat McMakin
Producer Fred Foster
CatalogID 24142
Lable Name Amerimonte
Released 04/15/2014
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 27s
UPC 00858116004142
Musical Guests
Vince Gill
Martina McBride
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: John Willis, Steve Gibson (guitar); Paul Franklin , Scott Sanders (steel guitar); Cindy Wyatt (harp); Aubrey Haynie (fiddle); Stefan Petrescu, Carole Rabinowitz, Janet Darnall, Betsy Lamb, Cathy Umstead, Conni Ellisor, Pam Sixfon, Sara Weist, The Nashville String Machine, Jim Grosjean, Anthony LaMarchina, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Bruce Wethey, Kris Wilkinson, Dave Davidson, Alan Umstead, Monisa Angell, David Angell (strings); John Hobbs (pan flute, piano); Tony Harrell (harpsichord); Charlie McCoy (vibraphone); Eddie Bayers (drums); Jon Mark Ivey, Lisa Silver, Bergen White, Kira Small (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Kyle Lehning.
Recording information: Ocean Way, Nashville, TN; Quadraphonic, Nashville, TN; The Compound, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Ed Rode; Jim Shea.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Daniel Bloom; Danny Griego; Dana Bloom; Steve Popovich.
Arranger: Bergen White.
Ray Price had sort of a split personality as a country artist, balancing his career between the hard honky tonk shuffles full of twin fiddles he so energetically recorded in his earlier years and orchestrated, string-laden, pop-aimed ballads like "Make the World Go Away" that came later and earned him the reputation as "the Tony Bennett of Country." He did both styles with commercial success, becoming a subtle innovator in Nashville in his own way, quick to pick up on the new, young, and lyrically progressive country songwriters like Kris Kristofferson when they appeared on the scene. Price's ability to adapt his sound, his warm, comfortable singing and phrasing, and his ear for a good song (particularly if it was a gently bittersweet love ballad) gave his long career a kind of sustained elegance. This set contains Price's last recording sessions. He had already been struggling with serious health issues for a couple of years when he approached longtime friend and producer Fred Foster early in 2013 with the idea of recording one last album. Price was 87 at the time and well aware that this would be his last album, and he chose a dozen pop and country ballads to track. The album was finished in October of 2013, and Price passed less than two months later in December, making it a true swan song. Price's voice shows the wear and tear of the years, and no doubt his ill health, but it was still a powerfully vernacular vehicle, comfortable-sounding and full of his trademark graceful phrasing and flow. In all honesty, nothing here eclipses earlier pop-country masterpieces like "Make the World Go Away," but as a last statement, Beauty Is... has the poignant feel of a last act, a warm, sweet, and haunting summation of all that went before. The opener, "Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder," sets the tone, with a light but still lush string arrangement backing Price's dignified and almost breathless vocal. Songs like "No More Songs to Sing," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "I Wish I Was 18 Again" all take on added depth and nuance for being sung at the very end of Price's life, making this a sweet, gentle coda and a beautifully fragile endnote to an iconic legacy. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Beauty Lies In the Eyes of the Beholder
2 This Thing of Ours
3 I Can See You With My Eyes Closed
4 It Always Will Be
5 No More Songs To Sing
6 Affair To Remember, An
7 Senses
8 Until Then
9 Beautiful Dreamer
10 I Wish I Was 18 Again
11 Among My Souvenirs
12 I Believe
Product Attributes
Artist Price,Ray
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