Classic Songs Of Ray Price CD (2007)

Artist: Ray Price

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by on 6/28/2007

Ray Price has had one of the more remarkable careers in all of country music. Gathered here are some of the songs that made him a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and one of the truly legendary figures in country music, with a career spanning over 40 years. He has scored over 100-chart hits including an incredible 46 top ten hits and eight number one songs. This collection features modern recordings and updated arrangements of Ray Price’s classic songs, including two of his biggest pop and country hits “For The Good Times,” and “I Won’t Mention It Again.” The tracks featured in this release were produced by Ray Pennington (Waylon Jennings, Norma Jean, Billy Walker and Kenny Price, among others), and backed by some of the best musicians in Nashville. This CD includes a pair of songs written by Willie Nelson “Night Life,” and “I’m Still Not Over You,” as well as songs by written by Kris Kristofferson and Bill Anderson.

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Label Varese Sarabande
SKU 204715341
UPC 030206682328
UPC 14 00030206682328
Format CD
Release Date 6/26/2007
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
Producer Ray Pennington; Cary E. Mansfield; Larry Zwisohn; Ray Pennington; Cary E. Mansfield (Compilation); Laurence Zwisohn (Compilation)
CatalogID 066823
Lable Name Var?se Sarabande (USA)
Released 06/26/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00030206682328
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ray Price (vocals, guitar); Ray Price; Wade Kirby (guitar); Alan Moore, Alan Moore (violin); Henry Strzelecki, Joe Allen, Tommy Cogbill (bass guitar); Larrie London (drums); Dave Kirby, Leon Rhodes, Dale Sellers, Bobby Thompson (guitar); Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Kenny Sears, Buddy Spicher (violin); Blondie Calderon (piano, vibraphone); Bunky Keels, Dennis Burnside (piano); Gene Chrisman (drums).
Liner Note Author: Larry Zwisohn.
If you're a country artist who had a handful of hits in the '50s and '60s, there's an excellent chance someone has persuaded you to re-record your hits for another label so you can earn a new payday from the old material, and the new label has a proven commodity in their catalog. Ray Price is only one of the dozens of noteworthy acts who've taken the bait and re-cut their hits, and The Classic Songs of Ray Price features 18 tunes, most major hits for Price in the past, that the Cherokee Cowboy has recorded anew with a band of Nashville session cats anchored by the great pedal steel player Buddy Emmons and fiddler Buddy Spicher. The players generally echo the mood and approach of the original hit versions of the tunes, if not the letter of the arrangements, so honky tonk numbers like "Crazy Arms" and "City Lights" maintain their barroom 2-step feel, while the slicker, string-laden numbers like "For the Good Times" and "I Won't Mention It Again" remain polished and heavily orchestrated. If the production here lacks a bit of the detail and panache of the original recordings of these tunes, these sessions have still been put together with care and love for the material, and most importantly of all, Ray Price is on hand to sing these songs. Price's voice on these re-cuts shows a bit more wear than it did on the hit versions, but his instrument is still in impressive shape, and he can still kick up some dust on the honky tonk sides, while he actually sounds more soulful and heartfelt on the more measured numbers. Price's orchestral sides have sometimes been given short shrift by fans as countrypolitan sellout stuff, but the depth of feeling and skillful phrasing he displays on these sessions is enough to convince most listeners just how compelling an artist Price can be regardless of his surroundings. The Classic Songs of Ray Price is no substitute for a good collection of his superb recordings for Columbia (try The Essential Ray Price), but it does find Price still working magic in the studio, and fans who give it a listen won't be disappointed. ~ Mark Deming
Disc 1
1 For the Good Time
2 She Wears My Ring
3 Crazy Arms
4 City Lights
5 I Won't Mention It Again
6 I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
7 I'm Still Not Over You
8 Burning Memories
9 Heartaches By The Number
10 Other Woman, The
11 Diamonds In The Stars
12 Release Me
13 Soft Rain
14 Night Life
15 Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me
16 Touch My Heart
17 Way To Survive, A
18 You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
Product Attributes
Artist Price,Ray
Music Format Compact Disc

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