Classic Songs of Ray Price

Classic Songs of Ray Price

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by Ray Price
     
 

If you're a country artist who had a handful of hits in the '50s and '60s, there's an excellent chance someone has persuaded you to re-record your hits for another label so you can earn a new payday from the old material, and the new label has a proven commodity in their catalog. Ray Price is only one of the dozens of noteworthy acts who've taken the bait and re-cut… See more details below

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If you're a country artist who had a handful of hits in the '50s and '60s, there's an excellent chance someone has persuaded you to re-record your hits for another label so you can earn a new payday from the old material, and the new label has a proven commodity in their catalog. Ray Price is only one of the dozens of noteworthy acts who've taken the bait and re-cut their hits, and The Classic Songs of Ray Price features 18 tunes, most major hits for Price in the past, that the Cherokee Cowboy has recorded anew with a band of Nashville session cats anchored by the great pedal steel player Buddy Emmons and fiddler Buddy Spicher. The players generally echo the mood and approach of the original hit versions of the tunes, if not the letter of the arrangements, so honky tonk numbers like "Crazy Arms" and "City Lights" maintain their barroom 2-step feel, while the slicker, string-laden numbers like "For the Good Times" and "I Won't Mention It Again" remain polished and heavily orchestrated. If the production here lacks a bit of the detail and panache of the original recordings of these tunes, these sessions have still been put together with care and love for the material, and most importantly of all, Ray Price is on hand to sing these songs. Price's voice on these re-cuts shows a bit more wear than it did on the hit versions, but his instrument is still in impressive shape, and he can still kick up some dust on the honky tonk sides, while he actually sounds more soulful and heartfelt on the more measured numbers. Price's orchestral sides have sometimes been given short shrift by fans as countrypolitan sellout stuff, but the depth of feeling and skillful phrasing he displays on these sessions is enough to convince most listeners just how compelling an artist Price can be regardless of his surroundings. The Classic Songs of Ray Price is no substitute for a good collection of his superb recordings for Columbia (try The Essential Ray Price), but it does find Price still working magic in the studio, and fans who give it a listen won't be disappointed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206682328
catalogNumber:
066823
Rank:
9736

Tracks

  1. For the Good Time  - Ray Price
  2. She Wears My Ring  - Ray Price
  3. Crazy Arms  - Ray Price
  4. City Lights  - Ray Price
  5. I Won't Mention It Again  - Ray Price
  6. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)  - Ray Price
  7. I'm Still Not Over You  - Ray Price
  8. Burning Memories  - Ray Price
  9. Heartaches by the Number  - Ray Price
  10. The Other Woman  - Ray Price
  11. Diamonds in the Stars  - Ray Price
  12. Release Me  - Ray Price
  13. Soft Rain  - Ray Price
  14. Night Life  - Ray Price
  15. Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me  - Ray Price
  16. Touch My Heart  - Ray Price
  17. A Way to Survive  - Ray Price
  18. You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me  - Ray Price

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Price   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Violin
Dennis Burnside   Piano
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Tommy Cogbill   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bunky Keels   Piano
Dave Kirby   Guitar
Leon Rhodes   Guitar
Kenny Sears   Violin
Dale Sellers   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bobby Thompson   Guitar
Blondie Calderon   Piano,Vibes
Joe Allen   Bass,Bass Guitar
Alan Moore   Violin
Larrie London   Drums
Alan Moore   Violin
Wade Kirby   Guitar

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Ray Pennington   Producer,Audio Production
Ray Price   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Aubrey Mayhew   Composer
Ralph Mooney   Composer
Cam Mullins   Composer
Don Rollins   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Larry Zwisohn   Producer,Liner Notes
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Steve Massie   Mastering
Chuck Seals   Composer
Jesse Shofner   Composer
Carolyn Jean Yates   Composer
Rusty Gabbard   Composer

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