Burning Memories/Touch My Heart

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Audium reissue of these two Columbia albums by country great Ray Price is a godsend. Burning Memories, from 1964, is the first recording Price employed the liberal use of strings on; the album brought him the timeless hits "Release Me," the title track, and "Make the World Go Away." This was a blatant attempt, two years in the making, to cross over into the pop world for Price, and it worked. While country critics were scathing and many of the genre's fans were wondering is he had sold out, Price's profile was on the rise with mainstream pop music consumers. Burning Memories was a gamble that paid off big-time, though some concessions were made initially, and Touch My ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Audium reissue of these two Columbia albums by country great Ray Price is a godsend. Burning Memories, from 1964, is the first recording Price employed the liberal use of strings on; the album brought him the timeless hits "Release Me," the title track, and "Make the World Go Away." This was a blatant attempt, two years in the making, to cross over into the pop world for Price, and it worked. While country critics were scathing and many of the genre's fans were wondering is he had sold out, Price's profile was on the rise with mainstream pop music consumers. Burning Memories was a gamble that paid off big-time, though some concessions were made initially, and Touch My Heart from 1966 was one of them. Johnny Paycheck, a former bandmember of Price's, wrote the title track; it showcased Price straddling the honky tonk and pop worlds with more balance. Strings were not as prevalent as fiddles, and the steel guitar made a big-time return to the center of the Price sound. But the songs were something else again; they could be interpreted either way. Hard country examples were Merle Haggard's "Swinging Doors" and Hank Cochran's "I Lie a Lot," with the title track and Dallas Frazier's "There Goes My Everything" showcasing the new balladic style with a rough-hewn grace and silky aplomb, making for the last country rave-up in Price's catalog until the late '80s. Here are 23 tracks -- presenting the latter album first -- that offer an astonishing portrait of an artist in transition. The sound is good if not excellent, and the liner notes by Nick Shaffran offer an inside portrait of the recording sessions. This is the only way to get either of these albums on CD, and is priced right to move.
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  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Audium Entertainment
  • UPC: 684038818020
  • Catalog Number: 8180

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Price Primary Artist
Floyd Cramer Piano
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Grady Martin Guitar
Byron Bach Violin
Brenton Banks Violin
George Binkley III Violin
Harold Bradley Electric Bass
Hank Cochran Guitar
Ray Edenton Rhythm Guitar
Lilian Hunt Violin
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Grover Lavender Fiddle
Wayne Moss Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Joe Zinkan Acoustic Bass
Cecil Brower Violin
Herman Wade Guitar
Howard Carpenter Violin
William Whitney Pursell Piano
Wilda Tinsley Violin
Darrell McCall Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar
William Paul Ackerman Drums
John Bush Shinn III Drums
Martin Kathan Violin
Len "Snuffy" Miller Drums
Robert E. Preston Drums
Vernal E. Richardson Violin
Jan Kurtis Skugstad Drums
Roby I. Story Violin
Art Bishop Guitar
Technical Credits
Homer Banks Composer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Eddie Miller Composer
Raymond Jackson Composer
Nick Shaffran Liner Notes
Dave Nives Executive Producer
Aimee Roberts Mazurek Reissue Design
Sandy Richards Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most beautiful voice in Country music

    I became a lover of Ray Price music when I was 17 years old and the man that became my husband introduced me to his music. Well, I no longer have that husband, but I am still a fan of Ray Price and I always will be. His beautiful renditions of Here Comes My Baby Back Again, Crazy Arms, Sweet Memories.. all his songs are priceless gems... I had every LP he ever put out since I became a his lifetime fan. I am grateful that a lot of his music has been put on Cd's...I no longer have his LP's they became so scratched and warped, that they no longer could be played. If you enjoy a great voice, great music and don't mind a few tissues for your heart-broken tears, you will love this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still the best!

    I just received this CD and I have to tell you, it excedes my expectations! I have been a fan of Ray Price for 40 years. I don't agree that the background violins overwhelms the songs...He is like great wine, he gets better and better with age! Also, Happy Birthaday, Ray! he had his 81st birthday on 1/12/07. Sweet Memories,is an incredible rendition. I get chills still when I hear Danny Boy(It's not on this CD), even though I remember that some of his not so good fans, boo'd and shouted out obscenities at him on stage the first time he sang it on stage, after recording it on his Danny Boy album. I love that album, I still have it on vinyl. Here Comes My Baby Back Again is so beautiful!Burning Memories, Soft Rain, Just Out Of Reach(not on this CD)...He was a very innovative and way ahead of his time type of Country singer. He deserves all and every accolade that all of us who adore him can give him. He is not only a legend, but a humble and quiet man who only wants to give his audience the best he has to offer of himself and his kind heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best and always will be my favorite

    WOW! I just received this CD, along with All Time Greatest Hits...I used to have ALL His MUSIC on LP's..until they just got so scatched from playing and warped from use, that I couldn't play them anymore. The only regret I have is that, there is one song that he only recorded on his LP: Take Me As I Am.."Just Out Of Reach", he hasn't put it on any of his CD's. It is the best rendition of this song I ever heard. I've heard it with Patsy Cline, Percy Sledge and that Solomon guy, I can't think of his first name right now, Ray Price gives the best rendition ever! Please purchase this for your music collection, you will love it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest Country singer ever

    I just love this CD. His rendition of Here Comes my Baby Back Again is better than when Dottie West sang it. All the songs on this CD are awesome. You won't regret purchasing this or any other music by Ray Price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Less Than $1 Per Heartache

    When Ray Price eventually shuffles off this mortal coil, he is a certainty to front heaven's Honky Tonk Angels. These two albums (Touch My Heart and Burning Memories) contain 23 superb expressions of broken hearts, broken dreams and tear-stained memories. I was suprised to find that Burning Memories was recorded before Touch My Heart as the former is more countrypolitan than the stripped-down, latter. I find the strings and backing vocals of "Memories" sometimes get in the way and overwhelm the essence of the songs. I much prefer the fiddles, steel, off-the-beat piano and tic-tac bass of "Heart". It makes the arrangements on "Heart" a bit samey but then too much of a good thing is never enough. Also, the nylon string guitar of Grady Martin on "Heart" is fantastic and the bass of the much under-rated Harold Bradley is the glue that holds many of these songs together. This is not to say that "Memories" is a bad album, it contains many beautiful moments but I cannot help but imagine what producer Roy Dea (of late, great Gary Stewart fame) would have done with these songs and the smooth voice of Mr Price. Overall, these two albums showcase one of the best voices in country music doing some of the best country songs with a host of great Nashville musicians. What more could you ask for? If the woman that you love has left you, you like country shuffles and enjoy a beer or two, then get this album, a box of beer to get that "done me wrong" feeling and a box of tissues to wipe away the ensuing tears. You'll soon be in heartbreak heaven.

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