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San Antonio Rose

Willie Nelson

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One of the first in a series of duet albums with country legends that Willie Nelson undertook during a period of seemingly uncontrolled output at Columbia, this remains one of the best. Ray Price may be regarded as something of a laid-back smoothie by listeners whose ears are stuffed with wax, but the reality is that Price is one of country's most expressive vocalists as well as a man interested in kicking country tempos as well as ballads. In fact, a certain type of swing boogie beat favored in Texas is known by musicians as "the Ray Price shuffle." Nelson and Price have a relationship typical of this bearded, bandana-wearing outlaw's collaborations with many country stars of Price's era. When Nelson was struggling to survive in Nashville, he penned or co-wrote some hits for Price, including the wonderful "Night Life," which has become something of a standard not only in country music but in jazz and blues as well. The crossover between these music forms is bound to come up in the discussion of this album. It is performances such as these that interested the jazz great Miles Davis in Nelson, and it is easy to see why when one hears the relaxed phrasing and inventive approach to many of these songs. Of course it is the swinging numbers such as the album's title track that really take off, but even "Release Me" sounds fresh here. That's quite an accomplishment considering that this song was so played to death at one point that jukebox customers began to wish that the song's title had been "Don't Release Me" and that someone at the record label had followed instructions accordingly. "This Cold War With You," a haunting Floyd Tillman tune, gets a superior reading and, on the version of "Funny How Time Slips Away," there is singing that rivals in inspiration any such performance released, although the duet version Nelson recorded with Faron Young for this series comes darn close. Comparing the vocalists as they trade verses is one of the best aspects of this Nelson duet series and, in this case, the styles of the singers are perfectly matched.
© Eugene Chadbourne /TiVo

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San Antonio Rose
00:03:44

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - B. Wills, Composer, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
00:02:43

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - R. Baggard, Composer, Lyricist - R. Price, Composer, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
I Fall To Pieces
00:03:17

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - H. Howard, Composer, Lyricist - H. Cochran, Composer, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Crazy Arms
00:02:44

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - R. Mooney, Composer, Lyricist - Charles Seals, Composer, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
Release Me (Album Version)
00:03:07

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - E. Miller, Composer, Lyricist - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - W. Stevenson, Composer, Lyricist - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
00:03:41

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Hank Cochran, Composer, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
This Cold War With You
00:03:21

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - F. Tillman, Composer, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Funny How Time Slips Away
00:03:53

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
Night Life (Album Version)
00:04:05

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - P. Buskirk, Composer, Lyricist - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - W. Breeland, Composer, Lyricist - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

10
Deep Water (Album Version)
00:02:47

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Fred Rose, Composer, Lyricist - Ken Laxton, Assistant Engineer - Lou Neumann, Assistant Engineer - Tori Swenson, Assistant Engineer - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Bradley Hartman, Recording Engineer - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
Faded Love
00:03:49

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Guitar, Main Artist, Producer - Ray Price, Associated Performer - Willie Nelson with Ray Price, Associated Performer - B. Wills, Composer, Lyricist - J. L. Wills, Composer, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Guitar - Grady Martin, Guitar - Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar - Paul English, Drums - Moises Calderon, Keyboards - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Johny Gimble, Fiddle - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

One of the first in a series of duet albums with country legends that Willie Nelson undertook during a period of seemingly uncontrolled output at Columbia, this remains one of the best. Ray Price may be regarded as something of a laid-back smoothie by listeners whose ears are stuffed with wax, but the reality is that Price is one of country's most expressive vocalists as well as a man interested in kicking country tempos as well as ballads. In fact, a certain type of swing boogie beat favored in Texas is known by musicians as "the Ray Price shuffle." Nelson and Price have a relationship typical of this bearded, bandana-wearing outlaw's collaborations with many country stars of Price's era. When Nelson was struggling to survive in Nashville, he penned or co-wrote some hits for Price, including the wonderful "Night Life," which has become something of a standard not only in country music but in jazz and blues as well. The crossover between these music forms is bound to come up in the discussion of this album. It is performances such as these that interested the jazz great Miles Davis in Nelson, and it is easy to see why when one hears the relaxed phrasing and inventive approach to many of these songs. Of course it is the swinging numbers such as the album's title track that really take off, but even "Release Me" sounds fresh here. That's quite an accomplishment considering that this song was so played to death at one point that jukebox customers began to wish that the song's title had been "Don't Release Me" and that someone at the record label had followed instructions accordingly. "This Cold War With You," a haunting Floyd Tillman tune, gets a superior reading and, on the version of "Funny How Time Slips Away," there is singing that rivals in inspiration any such performance released, although the duet version Nelson recorded with Faron Young for this series comes darn close. Comparing the vocalists as they trade verses is one of the best aspects of this Nelson duet series and, in this case, the styles of the singers are perfectly matched.
© Eugene Chadbourne /TiVo

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