Essential Charley Pride [RLG Legacy]

Essential Charley Pride [RLG Legacy]

by Charley Pride
     
 

Country music has been so inhospitable to black artists that to call Charley Pride the preeminent African American in the genre is almost an insult -- Pride could have achieved a fraction of his success and still have lapped his closest competitor (Dobie Gray?). Rather, call Charley Pride one of the preeminent artists in country music history and one of the most… See more details below

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Country music has been so inhospitable to black artists that to call Charley Pride the preeminent African American in the genre is almost an insult -- Pride could have achieved a fraction of his success and still have lapped his closest competitor (Dobie Gray?). Rather, call Charley Pride one of the preeminent artists in country music history and one of the most distinctive and appealing vocal stylists of his generation, with no less than 23 No. 1 hits, all present in this double-disc anthology. As in the case of Jim Reeves, a baseball injury forced Pride to change his career goals and give music a shot. That worked. Signed in 1966 to RCA and teamed in the studio with the legendary "Cowboy" Jack Clement, who not only produced but also penned several of his early Top 10 hits, Pride became a hit-making juggernaut in warp time, his warm baritone voice resting atop exquisite countrypolitan arrangements that incorporated strings and pop-style background choruses burnishing the stylings of a tight, basic guitar-bass-drums-piano-pedal steel-fiddle ensemble. This collection charts the astonishing run he had between 1966 and 1985, and includes classics on the order of "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone" and "Kiss an Angel Good Morning;" the overlooked gospel gem from 1971, "Did You Think to Pray"; and even a Clement-produced collaboration with Henry Mancini on "All His Children," a No. 2 country hit for Pride that was featured in the film version of Ken Kesey's novel Sometimes a Great Notion. The 40 tracks herein are as well crafted as anything that's ever come out of Nashville, and that's saying something. So is Charley Pride.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA/Legacy's 2006 release The Essential Charley Pride is a repackaged reissue of BMG Heritage's 2003 compilation Anthology, containing a different title and cover art, but bearing the same 40 tracks and annotation. There have been plenty of Charley Pride collections issued throughout the years, but none have been better than BMG Heritage's 2003 double-disc set Anthology. Over the course of two discs and 40 tracks, the compilation spans his two decades with RCA, from his first single "Before I Met You" in 1966 to 1985's "Down on the Farm." Between those two songs are all of his biggest hits -- "Just Between You and Me," "The Easy Part's Over," "(I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again," "All I Have to Offer You Is Me," "Kaw-Liga," "I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me," "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'," "It's Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer," "She's Too Good to Be True," "A Shoulder to Cry On," "Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town," and "Where Do I Put Her Memory," among them. Since Pride was a constant presence at the top of the country charts during these two decades, Anthology is missing some big (and good) hits, particularly such late-'70s and early-'80s sides as "You're My Jamaica," simply due to the constraints of the compilation; even at two discs, there are only so many songs that can fit on this set. Even with the absence of these hit singles, Anthology is the best Charley Pride compilation yet assembled: no other collection contains so much of his best material presented in such loving yet logical fashion, nor is there another set quite so listenable as this.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828768142929
catalogNumber:
81429
Rank:
27610

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Before I Met You  - Charley Pride
  2. Just Between You and Me  - Charley Pride
  3. I Know One  - Charley Pride
  4. The Day the World Stood Still  - Charley Pride
  5. The Easy Part's Over  - Charley Pride
  6. Let the Chips Fall  - Charley Pride
  7. Kaw-Liga  - Charley Pride
  8. All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)  - Charley Pride
  9. (I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again  - Charley Pride
  10. Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone  - Charley Pride
  11. Wonder Could I Live There Anymore  - Charley Pride
  12. Did You Think to Pray  - Charley Pride
  13. I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me  - Charley Pride
  14. I'm Just Me  - Charley Pride
  15. Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'  - Charley Pride
  16. All His Children  - Henry Mancini
  17. It's Gonna Take Longer  - Charley Pride
  18. She's Too Good to Be True  - Charley Pride
  19. A Shoulder to Cry On  - Charley Pride
  20. Don't Fight the Feelings of Love  - Charley Pride

Disc 2

  1. Amazing Love  - Charley Pride
  2. We Could  - Charley Pride
  3. Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town  - Charley Pride
  4. Then Who Am I  - Charley Pride
  5. I Ain't All Bad  - Charley Pride
  6. Hope You're Feelin' Me (Like I'm Feelin' You)  - Charley Pride
  7. She's Just an Old Love Turned Memory  - Charley Pride
  8. I'll Be Leaving Alone  - Charley Pride
  9. More to Me  - Charley Pride
  10. Someone Loves You Honey  - Charley Pride
  11. When I Stop Leaving (I'll Be Gone)  - Charley Pride
  12. Where Do I Put Her Memory  - Charley Pride
  13. You Win Again  - Charley Pride
  14. You Almost Slipped My Mind  - Charley Pride
  15. Roll on Missippi  - Charley Pride
  16. You're So Good When You're Bad  - Charley Pride
  17. Why Baby Why  - Charley Pride
  18. Night Games  - Charley Pride
  19. The Power of Love  - Charley Pride
  20. Down on the Farm  - Charley Pride

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charley Pride   Primary Artist
Henry Mancini   Conductor
Jordanaires   Vocals
Nashville Horn Works   Horn

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Charley Pride   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Henry Mancini   Arranger,Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Bobby David   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Jerry Bradley   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Don Cook   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Don Goodman   Composer
Wayland Holyfield   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Dave Kirby   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Blake Mevis   Composer,Producer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Bill Rice   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
D. Bergen White   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Norro Wilson   Composer,Producer
Jack D. Johnson   Arranger,Adaptation
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Glen Martin   Composer
Kye Fleming   Composer
Jerry Foster   Composer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Kent Robbins   Composer
John Schweers   Composer
Don Devaney   Composer
Harold Kenneth Dorman   Composer
John Greenebaum   Composer
Joe "Cannonball" Lewis   Composer
Glenn Martin   Composer
David Briggs   String Arrangements
Charles L. Seitz   Composer

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