Last of the Breed

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Country Music Hall of Famers Willie Nelson, Ray Price, and Merle Haggard have never before recorded as trio, but they don't mess around on Last of the Breed. This two-disc, 22-song collection of newly recorded versions of country classics plus two original numbers, recorded in Nashville and produced by Fred Foster, who worked the boards on Willie's Grammy nominated You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker. Of course, Nashville's finest appear on the sessions, including steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons and fiddler Johnny Gimble. Elvis's favorites, the Jordanaires, provide the backing vocals.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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Country Music Hall of Famers Willie Nelson, Ray Price, and Merle Haggard have never before recorded as trio, but they don't mess around on Last of the Breed. This two-disc, 22-song collection of newly recorded versions of country classics plus two original numbers, recorded in Nashville and produced by Fred Foster, who worked the boards on Willie's Grammy nominated You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker. Of course, Nashville's finest appear on the sessions, including steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons and fiddler Johnny Gimble. Elvis's favorites, the Jordanaires, provide the backing vocals.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The title Last of the Breed speaks with a defiance that, for the most part, the music on this album does not, and that's just as it should be -- while Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price are indeed among the last functioning practitioners of pure, unadulterated Western swing, honky tonk, or countrypolitan blues in the classic manner, on this album they seem less concerned with fighting the changing face of country music than with playing this music with the easy confidence and quiet conviction that's been the hallmark of their respective careers. For the most part, Last of the Breed finds these three friends and occasional collaborators working through a set of old-school country classics (Haggard is the only member of the trio to bring any original material to the sessions, and delivers one of the album's best performances on his new song "If I Ever Get Lucky"), and they treat chestnuts like "Heartaches by the Number," "I Love You Because," "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine," and "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down" with both strength and familiarity -- these guys could probably sing these numbers in their sleep after all these years, but they also approach them like pros, realizing these old standards gained their status as classics because they endure and people love them, and they give them the respect and care that they deserve. Haggard is in fine voice on this set, and Nelson sounds good though his phrasing occasionally lags behind the melodies a shade more than is comfortable. As for Price, time has added a slight wobble to his instrument, once one of the most impressive in country music, but he still projects a dignity and commendable emotional warmth, and when he joins voices with his pals Willie and Merle, it's a stirring reminder of just how much these artists still have to offer. Legendary producer Fred Foster supervised these sessions, with a band of seasoned Nashville veterans backing the singers (and the Jordanaires adding harmonies on several numbers), and at its best Last of the Breed really sounds the way these things did in the old days, and Nelson, Haggard, and Price achieve something more than nostalgia -- they offer a stirring reminder of the strength of this music when country music spoke to something deeper than just a marketing demographic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602517240179
  • Catalog Number: 000853002
  • Sales rank: 32,202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Life's Been a Pleasure - Ray Price (3:03)
  2. 2 My Mary - Ray Price (3:14)
  3. 3 Back to Earth - Ray Price (3:25)
  4. 4 Heartaches by the Number - Vince Gill (3:04)
  5. 5 Mom and Dad's Waltz - Ray Price (3:26)
  6. 6 Some Other World - Ray Price (3:26)
  7. 7 Why Me Lord - Ray Price (3:44)
  8. 8 Lost Highway - Ray Price (2:54)
  9. 9 I Love You a Thousand Ways - Ray Price (2:57)
  10. 10 Please Don't Leave Me Any More Darlin' - Ray Price (3:34)
  11. 11 I Gotta Have My Baby Back - Ray Price (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Goin' Away Party - Ray Price (3:25)
  2. 2 If I Ever Get Lucky - Ray Price (4:11)
  3. 3 Sweet Memories - Ray Price (3:24)
  4. 4 Pick Me Up on Your Way Down - Ray Price (3:16)
  5. 5 I Love You Because - Ray Price (3:03)
  6. 6 Sweet Jesus - Ray Price (3:38)
  7. 7 Still Water Runs the Deepest - Ray Price (2:40)
  8. 8 I Love You So Much It Hurts - Ray Price (3:10)
  9. 9 That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine - Ray Price (3:25)
  10. 10 I'll Keep on Loving You - Ray Price (3:05)
  11. 11 Night Watch - Ray Price (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Vocals, Gut String Guitar
Merle Haggard Primary Artist, Vocals
Ray Price Primary Artist, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Pedal Steel Guitar
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Mandolin
Kris Kristofferson Vocals, Vocal Harmony
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Don Potter Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Vince Gill Vocals, Vocal Harmony
John Hobbs Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote Piano
Boots Randolph Saxophone
Michael Rhodes Bass
D. Bergen White Chant
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Charlie McCoy Harmonica, Vibes
Elana James Fiddle
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Stuart Hamblen Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Jesse Ashlock Composer
Lou Bradley Composer
Fred Foster Producer, Audio Production
Harlan Howard Composer
Brent Maher Engineer
Jimmy Long Composer
Jim Beck Composer
Charles Yingling Engineer
Hank Williams Mastering
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