The Classic Songs of Ray Price

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206682328
  • Catalog Number: 066823
  • Sales rank: 10,068

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful selections and recordings. A classic

    Wonderful selections and recordings. A classic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What You Need To Know

    This collection features modern recordings and updated arrangements of Ray Price’s classic songs, including two of his biggest pop and country hits “For The Good Times,” and “I Won’t Mention It Again.” The tracks featured in this release were produced by Ray Pennington (Waylon Jennings, Norma Jean, Billy Walker and Kenny Price, among others), and backed by some of the best musicians in Nashville. This CD includes a pair of songs written by Willie Nelson “Night Life,” and “I’m Still Not Over You,” as well as songs by written by Kris Kristofferson and Bill Anderson.

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