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The Essential Ray Price

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There was a previous Ray Price compilation on Columbia/Legacy, The Essential Ray Price: 1951-1962, with an almost identical title to this 2007 release. This one is an entirely different anthology, however; not only is it merely titled The Essential Ray Price, but it's considerably bigger and its chronological span is much wider, as the two-CD, 40-track set covers material from 1950 to 1980. An astonishing 31 of these recordings were Top Ten country hits, which alone makes it a valuable summary of Price's most well known music. Of more importance, however, is how it charts Price's artistic journey from a fairly raw honky-tonker to one of country's most popular country-pop crooners. Hard country fans, of course, will be most impressed by the honky tonk sides (especially on disc one, all of which was cut in 1950-1961), and those who know Price primarily for smoothies like "For the Good Times" (which is on disc two, of course) will be surprised by the relatively hard-kicking tracks from his early years (including huge hits like "Heartaches by the Number" and "Crazy Arms"). There's a mixed blessing to a Price comp that covers thirty years, though; for all the success of his later work, there's no denying that it helped paved the way for bland countrypolitan, particularly when he started piling on strings and vocal choruses. Even in those years, however, he was recording songs by top composers like Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, the team of Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant, and (on his 1970 smashes "For the Good Times" and "I'd Rather Be Sorry") Kris Kristofferson. The Essential Ray Price: 1951-1962 is probably essential enough for those who prefer to remember Price in his honky-tonkiest days, but this two-disc anthology gives a more complete view of why he was a country music giant, without sacrificing much from the early years in which he was truest to his roots.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Jealous Lies
Ray Price
00:02:34

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - C. Rodgers, Composer, Lyricist - Jim Beck, Producer

Originally released 1950. All rights reserved by Bullet Records.

2
If You're Ever Lonely Darling
Ray Price
00:02:33

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - L. FRIZZELL, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1951. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

3
Weary Blues (From Waiting) (Album Version)
Ray Price
00:02:59

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Don Law, Producer - Hiriam Williams, Composer, Lyricist

Originally Released 1951. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Talk To Your Heart (Single Version)
Ray Price
00:02:41

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - C.M. Bradley, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - L. Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist

Originally Released 1952. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Release Me
Ray Price
00:02:41

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - E. Miller, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - D. Williams, Composer, Lyricist - R. Yount, Composer, Lyricist

Originally Released 1953. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (78rpm Version)
Ray Price
00:02:26

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Don Law, Producer - Rusty Gabbard, Composer, Lyricist

Originally Released 1954. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
Crazy Arms
Ray Price
00:02:31

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Charles Seals, Composer, Lyricist - R. Mooney, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

8
You Done Me Wrong
Ray Price
00:02:23

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - R. Price, Composer, Lyricist - S.Jones, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

9
Wasted Words (Album Version)
Ray Price
00:02:40

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - D. Gibson, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1956. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
I've Got a New Heartache
Ray Price
00:02:42

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - W. WALKER, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1956. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

11
My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You (Single Version)
Ray Price
00:02:34

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - L. Ross, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - B. Wills, Composer, Lyricist

Originally Released 1957. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

12
Curtain In the Window
Ray Price
00:02:31

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Don Law, Producer - L. Ross, Composer, Lyricist

Originally released 1958. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

13
Invitation to the Blues (Single Version)
Ray Price
00:02:48

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - R.Miller, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1958. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

14
City Lights (Single Version)
Ray Price
00:02:57

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - B. Anderson, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1958. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

15
Heartaches By the Number
Ray Price
00:02:57

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Don Law, Producer - H. Howard, Composer, Lyricist

Originally Released 1959. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

16
The Same Old Me
Ray Price
00:02:43

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - F. Owen, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1959. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

17
One More Time
Ray Price
00:02:46

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - M. Tillis, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1960. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

18
I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today
Ray Price
00:02:38

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - H. Howard, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1960. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

19
Heart Over Mind
Ray Price
00:02:42

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - GREGG GELLER, Producer - Don Meehan, Engineer - Mel Tillis, Composer, Lyricist

Originally Released 1961. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

20
Soft Rain
Ray Price
00:02:46

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - R. Price, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Grady Martin, Producer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

1
San Antonio Rose
Ray Price
00:03:20

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - B. Wills, Composer, Lyricist - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally Released 1961. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
I've Just destroyed The World (I'm Living In) (Album Version)
Ray Price
00:02:21

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Don Law, Producer - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - Frank Jones, Producer - R. Price, Composer, Lyricist

Originally released 1962. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
Pride
Ray Price
00:02:36

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - W. WALKER, Composer, Lyricist - I. Stanton, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

(P) Originally Released 1962. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

4
Walk Me To The Door
Ray Price
00:03:06

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - C. Twitty, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally Released 1964. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Night Life
Ray Price
00:04:45

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - P. Buskirk, Composer, Lyricist - W. Breedland, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally Released 1963. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

6
Make the World Go Away
Ray Price
00:02:33

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Hank Cochran, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally Released 1963. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

7
Burning Memories
Ray Price
00:02:30

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - M. Tillis, Composer, Lyricist - W. WALKER, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally Released 1964. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

8
The Other Woman (In My Life)
Ray Price
00:02:58

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - D. Rollins, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally released 1965. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

9
Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me
Ray Price
00:02:45

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - H. Cochran, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally released 1965. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

10
A Way to Survive
Ray Price
00:03:00

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - H. Cochran, Composer, Lyricist - M. Carpenter, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally Released 1966. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

11
I'm Still Not Over You
Ray Price
00:04:01

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer

Originally Released 1967. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

12
I Let My Mind Wander (Album Version)
Ray Price
00:02:36

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Don Law, Producer - Willie Nelson, Composer - Frank Jones, Producer - W., Lyricist

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
Danny Boy
Ray Price
00:04:59

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Frederic Edward Weatherly, Composer, Lyricist - Cam Mullins, Arranger - Grady Martin, Conductor - Don Law, Co-Producer - Frank Jones, Co-Producer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

14
She Wears My Ring
Ray Price
00:03:16

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Felice Bryant, Composer, Lyricist - Boudleaux Bryant, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1968. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

15
You Wouldn't Know Love
Ray Price
00:02:55

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - H. Cochran, Composer, Lyricist - D. KIRBY, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally Released 1969. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

16
For the Good Times
Ray Price
00:03:48

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Don Law, Producer - K. Kristofferson, Composer, Lyricist

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

17
I Won't Mention It Again
Ray Price
00:03:40

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - C. Mullins, Composer, Lyricist - C. J. Yates, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

18
I'd Rather Be Sorry
Ray Price
00:02:46

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Don Law, Producer - K. Kristofferson, Composer, Lyricist

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

19
You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
Ray Price
00:03:48

Ray Price, Associated Performer, Main Artist - J. Weatherly, Composer, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

(P) 1973, 2007 Sony Music Entertainment

20
Faded Love
Willie Nelson
00:03:47

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

There was a previous Ray Price compilation on Columbia/Legacy, The Essential Ray Price: 1951-1962, with an almost identical title to this 2007 release. This one is an entirely different anthology, however; not only is it merely titled The Essential Ray Price, but it's considerably bigger and its chronological span is much wider, as the two-CD, 40-track set covers material from 1950 to 1980. An astonishing 31 of these recordings were Top Ten country hits, which alone makes it a valuable summary of Price's most well known music. Of more importance, however, is how it charts Price's artistic journey from a fairly raw honky-tonker to one of country's most popular country-pop crooners. Hard country fans, of course, will be most impressed by the honky tonk sides (especially on disc one, all of which was cut in 1950-1961), and those who know Price primarily for smoothies like "For the Good Times" (which is on disc two, of course) will be surprised by the relatively hard-kicking tracks from his early years (including huge hits like "Heartaches by the Number" and "Crazy Arms"). There's a mixed blessing to a Price comp that covers thirty years, though; for all the success of his later work, there's no denying that it helped paved the way for bland countrypolitan, particularly when he started piling on strings and vocal choruses. Even in those years, however, he was recording songs by top composers like Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, the team of Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant, and (on his 1970 smashes "For the Good Times" and "I'd Rather Be Sorry") Kris Kristofferson. The Essential Ray Price: 1951-1962 is probably essential enough for those who prefer to remember Price in his honky-tonkiest days, but this two-disc anthology gives a more complete view of why he was a country music giant, without sacrificing much from the early years in which he was truest to his roots.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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