The Essential Ray Price 1951-1962
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||If You're Ever Lonely Darling||Ray Price||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Road of No Return||Ray Price||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Talk to Your Heart||Ray Price||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Move On In and Stay||Ray Price||2:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Be There||Ray Price||2:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Release Me||Ray Price||2:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Can't Go Home Like This||Ray Price||2:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You Done Me Wrong||Ray Price||2:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Falling Falling Falling||Ray Price||2:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wasted Words||Ray Price||2:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Crazy Arms||Ray Price||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I've Got a New Heartache||Ray Price||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You||Ray Price||2:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Invitation to the Blues||Ray Price||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||City Lights||Ray Price||2:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Heartaches By the Number||Ray Price||2:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Same Old Me||Ray Price||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||One More Time||Ray Price||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Heart Over Mind||Ray Price||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pride||Ray Price||2:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Ray Price may not exert the mythic power of Hank Williams, Bob Wills, or even Lefty Frizzell, but he is unquestionably one of the titans of 20th century country music, one of the musicians who created the foundation of modern country through his skipping shuffles, soulful ballads, and exceptional ear for talent in songwriters and supporting musicians. He was one of the most popular singers of his era, staying on the charts until the early '80s (!), but Columbia/Legacy's 20-track 1991 collection The Essential Ray Price (1951-1962) chronicles his peak of creative powers and as a hitmaker. It's possible to hear him evolve from a Hank/Lefty disciple to minting his own style, equal parts hardcore honky tonk and Western swing, supported by a prominent swinging two-step backbeat that was known as the Ray Price Shuffle even after countless other singers used it as the foundation for their own music. It's thrilling to hear this develop over the course of his '50s hits, taking hold around 1955 (about a third into this collection) and reaching full flower on 1956's "Crazy Arms," which arrives halfway through the collection. From this point on, Price's music is propelled by the shuffle, even on the ballads, and it's a body of work as individual and influential as anything else in country music, perhaps best heard on the hits "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You," Roger Miller's "Invitation to the Blues," Bill Anderson's "City Lights," and Harlan Howard's timeless "Heartaches By the Number." This is the sound of modern honky tonk music — Hank and Lefty were the godfathers, but on the sides Ray Price cut from 1955 onward, he invented the template that neo-traditionalist country singers followed. It remains vital, lively, and essential music, and there's no better place to hear it than Columbia/Legacy's excellent The Essential Ray Price (1951-1962).
Good Album, Great Country.
Ray Price is one of my all time faviorite musicians, Crazy Arms, City Lights, Ive got a New Heartache, andif your ever lonley Darling are the best of this Country Era
Heart aches by the numbers...
Nothing is more peaceful than listening to this song and killing all the Caesars legions.
Born: January 12, 1926 in Perryville, TX
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s