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All Music Guide - J. Poet
On his first collection of new material in eight years, Charley Pride sounds much as he always has. If you're looking for any touches of modernism, you won't find them, except maybe in the lyrics of "America the Great," the tune that opens the album. If the disgruntled Tea Party crowd is looking for a theme song, "America the Great" could be it. It opens with a snare drum tapping out a martial marching rhythm and sounds like an anthem to the worst kind of conservative values. It references Jefferson and Kennedy, but pines more for values those icons feared, including prayer in the schools, "family values," and putting the Ten Commandments in the lobby of a courthouse. Its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
On his first collection of new material in eight years, Charley Pride sounds much as he always has. If you're looking for any touches of modernism, you won't find them, except maybe in the lyrics of "America the Great," the tune that opens the album. If the disgruntled Tea Party crowd is looking for a theme song, "America the Great" could be it. It opens with a snare drum tapping out a martial marching rhythm and sounds like an anthem to the worst kind of conservative values. It references Jefferson and Kennedy, but pines more for values those icons feared, including prayer in the schools, "family values," and putting the Ten Commandments in the lobby of a courthouse. Its chauvinistic feel mars an otherwise pleasant album, although there is a thread of mindless nostalgia running through several tunes here that almost makes them parodies of themselves. "Hickory Hollow Times & County News" and "Guntersville Gazette" both recall the days when newsprint was the major source of the news, not a band thing, but the tunes trade on formulaic images to make their point -- high-school sports scores, births, deaths, divorces, and in the case of "Guntersville Gazette," an old sweetheart marrying her new beau. He sounds better on the straightforward love songs. "The Bottom Line" celebrates long-term love with a Cajun rock backbeat and "You Touched My Life" and "Except for You" are the kind of mellow romantic ballads Pride excels at, while "The Choices She Made" celebrates the sacrifices working-class women often make for their men. "Cajun Party Time," the one uptempo tune, is a hoot and a welcome respite from the album's mostly serious fare. Pride is in fine voice throughout. He still has a youthful tone and sincere delivery that make even the most tired clich├ęs ring true, and his love songs are still delivered with a comforting glow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Music City Records
  • UPC: 826309053024
  • Catalog Number: 5302
  • Sales rank: 55,702

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charley Pride Primary Artist
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Bobby Wood Piano, Keyboards
Mark Howard Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Gene Chrisman Drums
Sonny Garrish Dobro, Steel Guitar
Hoot Hester Fiddle
Larry Paxton Bass Guitar
Kerry Marx Electric Guitar
Mark Beckett Drums
Joe Allen Bass Guitar
The Carol Lee Singers Vocals
Technical Credits
Charley Pride Producer
Eddy Raven Composer
Ted Harris Composer
David Ferguson Engineer
Jim McBride Composer
Justin Peters Composer
Larry Mercey Composer
Ben Peters Composer
Benny Quinn Mastering
Herb McCullough Composer
Richie McDonald Composer
John Saylor Engineer
Dion Pride Composer
Greg Gosselin Art Direction
Bruce Wallace Composer
Elena Ray Images
Dave Lindsey Composer
Burton Collins Composer
Philip Douglas Composer
Ron Harbin Composer
Charlie Monk Composer
Jody Johnson Composer
Edward Allen Gowens Composer
Drew Bourke Composer
Art Craig Composer
Matthew Lindsey Composer
Knud Nielsen Images
Ricky Arkinson Composer
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