Beauty Is… The Final Sessions

Beauty Is… The Final Sessions

by Ray Price
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2014
Label:
Amerimonte Llc
UPC:
0858116004142
catalogNumber:
41

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Price   Primary Artist
Steve Gibson   Guitar
David Angell   Strings
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Tony Harrell   Harpsichord
John Hobbs   Piano,Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Larry Paxton   Bass
Scott Sanders   Steel Guitar
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Alan Umstead   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Bergen White   Conductor,Background Vocals
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
John Willis   Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Charlie McCoy   Vibes
Bruce Wethey   Strings
Monisa Angell   Strings
Jon Mark Ivey   Background Vocals
Kira Small   Background Vocals
Betsy Lamb   Strings
Stefan Petrescu   Strings
Janet Darnall   Strings
Carole Rabinowitz   Strings
Cindy Wyatt   Harp
Dave Davidson   Strings
Cathy Umstead   Strings
Conni Ellisor   Strings
Pam Sixfon   Strings
Sara Weist   Strings

Technical Credits

Fred Foster   Producer
Kyle Lehning   Engineer
Pat McMakin   Engineer
Steve Popovich   Contributor
Bergen White   Arranger
Jordan Lehning   Engineer
Danny Griego   Contributor
Daniel Bloom   Contributor
Luellyn Latocki Hensley   Graphic Design
Maggie Berry   Graphic Design
Dana Bloom   Contributor

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