San Antonio Rose [Expanded Edition]

San Antonio Rose [Expanded Edition]

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by Willie Nelson, Ray Price
     
 

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In 1961, Ray Price recorded an album titled San Antonio Rose -- a tribute to Bob Wills, the artist who had inspired his music -- with Willie Nelson, then a member of Price's Cherokee Cowboys, on guitar. In 1980, Nelson paid tribute to the man who had been one of his staunchest early supporters by teamingSee more details below

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In 1961, Ray Price recorded an album titled San Antonio Rose -- a tribute to Bob Wills, the artist who had inspired his music -- with Willie Nelson, then a member of Price's Cherokee Cowboys, on guitar. In 1980, Nelson paid tribute to the man who had been one of his staunchest early supporters by teaming with Price for another San Antonio Rose album, this one returning Price to the small-combo honky-tonk format that had made him a country music legend. In addition to his own sturdy road band, Willie assembled a stellar cast of musicians for the project, including guitarist Grady Martin, fiddler Johnny Gimble, pedal steel virtuoso Buddy Emmons, pianist Leon Russell, and pianist-vibraharpist Moises Calderon, Price's bandleader and musical director. Wills isn't the complete focus of this effort, but his spirit pervades Price's style of honky-tonk. Indeed, Price and Nelson do the King of Western Swing proud on the ebullient title track, a dreamy duet version of "Faded Love," a gently shuffling treatment of "Deep Water," and Willie's amiable interpretation of a bouncy, heartfelt "My Life's Been a Pleasure" (one of two bonus tracks on this reissue). Elsewhere, the duo get into an infectious shuffling mode in reprising Price's 1956 classic, "Crazy Arms," and deep into a loping blues interpretation of Floyd Tilman's honky-tonk appeal for marital détente, "This Cold War with You." Two Nelson classics rendered timeless by Price in the '60s, "Funny how Time Slips Away" and "Night Life," get subtle updates that retain the originals' heart-tugging winsomeness while incorporating tasty jazz and blues touches, respectively. When it comes to honky-tonk, San Antonio Rose is what it's all about: It's a classic.

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All Music Guide
Usually projects like this one are a shambles. In 1980 Willie Nelson was a superstar and Ray Price was packing concert halls but not selling records. In 1961 Nelson was Price's bass player and in the band that recorded Price's smash San Antonio Rose album. This date is a kind of reprise of Price as king of the honky tonk singers -- something he willfully abandoned in the mid-'60s. Recorded in the same studio they'd used 19 years earlier, Nelson and his Family band augmented their sound with Johnny Gimble playing that lonesome fiddle that had become a Price trademark in the same way it was Bob Wills'. In addition, Buddy Emmons, who was also a former Price employee, played steel, and Blondie Calderon, who was Price's bandleader, plays piano and vibraharp here. The program is pure Price, though many of these tunes were present in Nelson's live shows of the era and some remain so. Beginning with the title track and slipping into Price's gorgeous "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)," and of course into "I Fall to Pieces," Hank Cochran, and Harlan Howard, with Price's smooth baritone and Nelson's thin reedy tenor, it's a match made in heaven. Price proves here that he could still be a honky tonk singer when he wanted to be. Other country classics on the set include Floyd Tillman's "This Cold War With You" and Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" (which Price had cut a number of times pre- and post-pop). "Crazy Arms," which is Price's trademark song, is begun by Nelson, but Price's presence on the first chorus takes the spotlight, and in the verse, it's no secret why it's his vocal signature on the tune. As if that weren't enough, they follow it with "Release Me," another Price classic from yesteryear and still a gauge for how well any country singer performs. There's also Fred Rose's "Deep Water," Bob Wills' "Faded Love," and a few unreleased bonus tracks from the session, including Rex Griffin's "Just Call Me Lonesome" and Jesse Ashlock's "My Life's Been a Pleasure." The sound, as it is on the rest of the releases in this series -- To Lefty From Willie, Willie and Family Live, and Honeysuckle Rose
Blender - John DeFore
[Nelson and Price] are in top voice on country's finest standards.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998926424
catalogNumber:
89264

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ray Price   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Crystal Gayle   Background Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Leon Russell   Piano
Grady Martin   Guitar
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Moses Calderon   Keyboards,Vibes
Paul English   Drums
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Jody Payne   Guitar
Bee Spears   Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Engineer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Norman Seeff   Original Photography
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction

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