The Essential Charley Pride [RLG Legacy]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828768142929
  • Catalog Number: 81429
  • Sales rank: 7,840

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charley Pride Primary Artist
Henry Mancini Conductor
The 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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