Honky Tonk Years (1950-1966)

The Honky Tonk Years (1950-1966)

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by Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys
     
 
The Honky Tonk Years (1950-1966) is an accurate title for this mammoth ten-disc set. Tracing Ray Price's career through his heyday in the '50s and stopping in the late '60s, just as he abandoned honky tonk for country-pop, the set documents one of the finest singers and bandleaders in country music. During this era, Price had a long,

Overview

The Honky Tonk Years (1950-1966) is an accurate title for this mammoth ten-disc set. Tracing Ray Price's career through his heyday in the '50s and stopping in the late '60s, just as he abandoned honky tonk for country-pop, the set documents one of the finest singers and bandleaders in country music. During this era, Price had a long, impressive string of Top Ten singles -- including "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes," "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)," "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You," "City Lights," and the massive hit "Crazy Arms" -- and led a band that featured, at various times, such musicians as Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, and Roger Miller. Price and his band were talented enough to make weak material, which helps make this exhaustive set interesting; after all, there's bound to be a few lesser cuts in a box that runs over 260 tracks. Though the strict chronological session order is occasionally tedious, the quality of the music far outweighs the flaws in presentation. For serious listeners and musicologists, The Honky Tonk Years is an essential purchase, since it offers a complete picture of one of the biggest figures in country music. Neophytes and casual listeners, however, are advised to stick with the single-disc collection The Essential Ray Price, simply because it is far easier to digest.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/1995
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127158437
catalogNumber:
15843
Rank:
267706

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Jealous Lies
  2. Your Wedding Corsage
  3. If You're Ever Lonely Darling
  4. I Saw My Castles Fall Today
  5. You've Got My Troubles Now
  6. I Get the Short End Every Time
  7. Hey la La
  8. The Answer to "The Last Letter"
  9. Till Death Do Us Part
  10. Beyond the Last Mile
  11. Heartaching Blues
  12. Weary Blues from Waitin'
  13. I Made a Mistake and I'm Sorry
  14. We Crossed Our Heart
  15. Your Heart Is Too Crowded
  16. I Lost the Only Love I Knew
  17. I've Got to Hurry, Hurry, Hurry
  18. Talk to Your Heart
  19. I Know I'll Never Win Your Love Again
  20. The Road of No Return
  21. You're Under Arrest (For Stealing My Heart)
  22. Move on in and Stay
  23. I Can't Escape from You
  24. Won't You Please Be Mine
  25. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
  26. My Old Scrapbook

Disc 2

  1. The Price for Loving You
  2. That's What I Get for Loving You
  3. Cold Shoulder
  4. You Weren't Ashamed to Kiss Me Last Night
  5. The Wrong Side of Town
  6. Time
  7. Start the Music
  8. Gone Again
  9. The Way You've Treated Me
  10. Time
  11. The Wrong Side of Town
  12. Who Stole That Train
  13. Let Your Heart Decide
  14. You Always Get By
  15. Leave Her Alone
  16. The Wall Around Your Heart
  17. Release Me
  18. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
  19. The Last Letter
  20. Much Too Young to Die
  21. I Love You So Much, I Let You Go
  22. I Could Love You More
  23. What If He Don't Love You (Like I Do)
  24. If You Don't, Somebody Else Will
  25. I'm Alone Because I Love You
  26. Oh Yes, Darling
  27. One Borken Heart (Don't Mean a Thing)

Disc 3

  1. Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes
  2. The Way She Got Away
  3. Let Me Talk to You
  4. Call the Lord and He'll Be There
  5. A Man Called Peter
  6. As Strange as It Seems (I Still Love You)
  7. I Can't Go Home Like This
  8. Don't You Know Me Any More
  9. I Don't Want It on My Conscience
  10. Run Boy
  11. You Will Never Be True
  12. Don't Tempt Me
  13. Slowly Dying
  14. Crazy Arms
  15. You Done Me Wrong
  16. Wild and Wicked World
  17. Crazy
  18. Are You Wasting My Time
  19. Fallin', Fallin', Fallin'
  20. Wasted Words
  21. Fallin', Fallin', Fallin'
  22. Wasted Words
  23. I've Got a New Heartache
  24. Don't Do This to Me

Disc 4

  1. Letters Have No Arms
  2. I'll Sail My Ship Alone
  3. A Mansion on the Hill
  4. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
  5. Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)
  6. I Saw My Castles Fall Today
  7. Let Me Talk to You
  8. Please Don't Leave Me
  9. Blues Stay Away from Me
  10. Pins and Needles (In My Heart)
  11. I Love You Because
  12. Many Tears Ago
  13. I'll Be There (When You Get Lonely)
  14. It's All Your Fault
  15. My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
  16. Faded Love
  17. Gone
  18. Bye Bye Love
  19. Four Walls
  20. A Fallen Star
  21. It's All Your Fault
  22. My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
  23. Don't Do This to Me
  24. Wall of Tears
  25. Curtain in the Window
  26. Talk to Your Conscience

Disc 5

  1. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
  2. Driftwood on the River
  3. Deep Water
  4. I'll Keep on Loving You
  5. I Love You So Much It Hurts
  6. I Told You So
  7. Ice Cold Heart
  8. I've Got to Have My Baby Back
  9. Please Don't Leave Me
  10. Talk to Your Heart
  11. I'm Tired
  12. Wondering
  13. Walking the Floor over You
  14. Invitation to the Blues
  15. I've Got to Know
  16. Heartaches Must Be Your Name
  17. City Lights
  18. Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)
  19. That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome
  20. Punish Me Tomorrow
  21. Heartaches by the Number
  22. Wild and Wicked World
  23. Beyond the Last Mile
  24. The Same Old Me
  25. Under Your Spell Again
  26. Broken Hearts Will Haunt Your Soul
  27. One More Time
  28. Who'll Be the First
  29. City Lights

Disc 6

  1. The Old Rugged Cross
  2. In the Garden
  3. How Big Is God?
  4. Until Then
  5. Help Though My Unbelief
  6. When I Take My Vacation in Heaven
  7. Faith
  8. Rock of Ages
  9. Softly and Tenderly
  10. When the Roll Is Called up Yonder
  11. Just as I Am
  12. Where He Leads Me (I Will Follow)
  13. Now the Day Is Over
  14. I Can't Run Away from Myself
  15. I Wish I Could Fall in Love Today
  16. Heart over Mind
  17. The Twenty-Fourth Hour
  18. I'm Walkin' Slow (And Thinking 'Bout Her)
  19. Soft Rain
  20. Here We Are Again
  21. You're Stronger Than Me
  22. This Cold War with You
  23. Soft Rain
  24. Imagination's a Wonderful Thing
  25. I'm Walkin' Slow (And Thinking 'Bout Her)
  26. Soft Rain

Disc 7

  1. Intro/San Antonio Rose
  2. A Maiden's Prayer
  3. My Confession
  4. Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now?
  5. Roly Poly
  6. Bubbles in My Beer
  7. Home in San Antone
  8. You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)
  9. You Don't Care What Happens to Me
  10. Time Changes Everything
  11. The Kind of Love I Can't Forget
  12. Hang Your Head in Shame/Outro
  13. Intro/Night Life
  14. Lonely Street
  15. The Wild Side of Life
  16. Sittin' and Thinkin'
  17. A Girl in the Night
  18. There's No Fool Like a Young Fool
  19. If She Could See Me Now
  20. Bright Lights and Blonde Haired Women
  21. Are You Sure?
  22. Let Me Talk to You
  23. This Cold War with You
  24. I've Just Destroyed the World (I'm Living In)
  25. I'm Walkin' Slow (And Thinking 'Bout Her)
  26. Pride

Disc 8

  1. Big Shoes
  2. Walk Me to the Door
  3. You Took Her Off My Hands (Now Take Her Off My Mind)
  4. Be a Good Girl
  5. Make the World Go Away
  6. I'll Find a Way (To Free Myself from You)
  7. Make the World Go Away
  8. Let Me Talk to You
  9. I'll Find a Way (To Free Myself from You)
  10. I've Still Got Room (For One More Heartache)
  11. That's All That Matters
  12. Burning Memories
  13. Each Time
  14. A Way to Free Myself
  15. How Long Is Forever
  16. This Cold War with You
  17. Take Me as I Am (Or Let Me Go)
  18. All Right (I'll Sign the Papers)
  19. I Fall to Pieces
  20. Please Talk to My Heart
  21. Cold, Cold Heart
  22. Still
  23. I Don't Know Why I Just Do
  24. Same Old Memories
  25. Here Comes My Baby Back Again
  26. Together Again
  27. A Thing Called Sadness
  28. Soft Rain
  29. Release Me

Disc 9

  1. Devil's Dream
  2. Linda Lou
  3. Crazy Arms
  4. Lil' Liza Jane
  5. Rubber Dolly
  6. Burnt Fingers
  7. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  8. Maiden's Prayer
  9. Your Old Love Letters
  10. Spanish Two Step
  11. Liberty Bells
  12. Sing a Sad Song
  13. The Other Woman (In My Life)
  14. Tearful Earful
  15. The Last Letter
  16. Born to Lose
  17. Just Call Me Lonesome
  18. Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
  19. Funny How Time Slips Away
  20. Rose Colored Glasses
  21. Unloved, Unwanted
  22. An Eye for an Eye
  23. Too Much Love Is Spoiling You
  24. After Effects (From Loving You)
  25. Let Me Talk to You
  26. I'm Not Crazy Yet
  27. A Way to Survive

Disc 10

  1. Another Bridge to Burn
  2. A Legend in My Time
  3. Take These Chains from My Heart
  4. Don't Touch Me
  5. Go Away
  6. I'd Fight the World
  7. I Want to Hear It from You
  8. It Should Be Easier Now
  9. Don't You Believe Her
  10. Healing Hands of Time
  11. Too Late
  12. Each Time
  13. Touch My Heart
  14. There Goes My Everything
  15. It's Only Love
  16. You Took My Happy Away
  17. I Lie a Lot
  18. Enough to Lie
  19. Swinging Doors
  20. Am I That Easy to Forget
  21. The Same Two Lips
  22. Just for the Record
  23. Touch My Heart
  24. I'm Still Not over You
  25. I Let My Mind Wander
  26. Danny Boy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Benny Martin   Fiddle,Guitar
Willie Nelson   Guitar
Ray Price   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Roger Miller   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Jimmy Day   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,Leader,Guitar (Nylon String)
Wade Ray   Fiddle
Johnny Bond   Guitar
Darrell McCall & Johnny Bush   Rhythm Guitar
Gordon Terry   Fiddle
Byron Bach   Violin,Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
Harold Bradley   Bass,Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Paul Buskirk   Mandolin
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Hank Cochran   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Solie Fott   Violin
Buddy Griffin   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Harman   Drums
Charlie Harris   Guitar
Walter Haynes   Guitar
Bob Jones   Dubs
Buddy Killen   Bass
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
Grover Lavender   Fiddle
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Background Vocals,Vibes
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Leon Rhodes   Guitar
Jerry Rivers   Fiddle
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Gordon Stoker   Piano
Howard Watts   Bass
Mark Wilder   Dubs
Joe Zinkan   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Roger Miller   Guitar
Cecil Brower   Fiddle
Herman Wade   Guitar
Harold Carmack   Piano
Howard Carpenter   Violin
Farris Coursey   Drums
James Day   Steel Guitar
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Jack Pruett   Guitar
William Whitney Pursell   Piano
Jimmy Rollins   Guitar
Wilda Tinsley   Violin
Lillian Vannhunt   Violin
Thomas Williams   Fiddle,Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Jack Shook   Guitar
Jimmy Dennis   Drums
Eddie Duncan   Bass
James "Jimmie" Selph   Guitar
Jim Belken   Fiddle
T. Tommy Cutrer   Drums
Gene Gasaway   Fiddle
Johnnie Manson   Fiddle
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Loren Otis Shook   Guitar
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
E.A. "Highpockets" Busse   Accordion
Velma E. Williams Smith   Guitar
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
"Papa" John Gordy   Piano
Rusty Gabbard   Guitar
Martin Kathan   Violin
Len "Snuffy" Miller   Drums
Robert E. Preston   Drums
Vernal E. Richardson   Violin
Jan Kurtis Skugstad   Drums
Roby I. Story   Violin
Art Bishop   Guitar
Jack Evins   Steel Guitar
Don Poole   Bass
Milburn Winston "Bernie" Annett   Piano
Stephen F. Bess   Drums
James "Jim" Biggar   Steel Guitar
Pete Burke   Bass
Kenneth Carlisle   Bass
Francis Keith Coleman   Fiddle
Sherman Collins   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
W.O. Collins   Viola
Eddie Martin   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Roy Rogers   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Johnny Paycheck   Composer
Ray Price   Arranger,Composer
Dottie West   Composer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Jimmy Wakely   Composer
Charlie Walker   Composer
Darrell McCall & Johnny Bush   Illustrations
Jesse Ashlock   Composer
Jimmy Beck   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Arlie Carter   Composer
Todd Cerney   Composer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Chuck Howard   Composer
Bob Jones   Contributor
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Aubrey Mayhew   Composer
Wayne Raney   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
William Warren   Composer
Billy West   Composer
Mark Wilder   Contributor
Hank Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Joe Hayes   Composer
Herman Wade   Artwork,Illustrations
Rich Kienzle   Biographical Information
R.E. Winsett   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Rex Griffin   Composer
Darrell McCall   Artwork
R.A. Andreas   Artwork,Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Lars Lundgren   Artwork,Illustrations
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
John Klenner   Composer
Chuck Rogers   Composer
George Bennard   Composer
William B. Bradbury   Composer
Herbert Buffum   Composer
Charlotte Elliot   Composer
Rusty Gabbard   Composer
Louise Ulrich   Composer
Ekko Whelan   Composer
Dub Williams   Composer
Robert Yount   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Nancy Montgomery   Composer
Bob Miller   Composer
James Black   Composer
Will L. Thompson   Composer
Donny Young   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Lance Guynes   Composer

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The Honky Tonk Years (1950-1966) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any serious fan of honky tonk country music recognizes the contributions made by Ray Price, the artist who literally defined the genre. This set is remarkable in that, by listening chronologically, you can hear how Ray's career progressed over the years. And let's don't forget all the important musicians--names like Tommy Jackson, Jimmy Day, Joe Zinkan, Pete Wade, and Floyd Cramer, as well as those more familiar names noted in the bn.com review--who are often overlooked but who played a major role in making this music successful. The included book highlights these people, in addition to giving a session-by-session account of Ray's recording career, and it is fantastic. A major gripe I have with this set is that in their zeal to provide stereo reissues, on several key cuts (such as ''Heartaches by the Number'' and ''The Same Old Me'') the Bear Family engineers lost Ray's overdubbed hamony vocal, which in most cases is crucial to the sound of the recording! This is a glaring error which keeps me from giving this set the full five stars. Nevertheless, that's only a problem on very few of the over 200 cuts here, and the set is, overall, wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The singer, his music and this Bear Family set—all classics in and essential to the history of country music. The most complete catalog of Price's work through 1966, immaculately documented in this 10 CD set, session by session and with notes by Rich Kienzle. From Price's early recordings, where his voice and style emulated his roommate Hank Sr., through setting his own stylings in the honky tonk years, and the Countrypolitan era, few singers have adapted with the success and following. At a concert in 1997, when he was 71, his tone was as fresh as in his 30s. His final album, Last of the Breed, with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, was released in 2007, and the trio toured to promote it. A remarkable career and remarkable man.