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From hard-bitten honky-tonk to smooth countrypolitan country, this 40-track set collects all of his key cuts in one tidy package! Includes Talk to Your Heart; Release Me; I'll Be There (If Ever You Want Me); Crazy Arms; My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You; City Lights; The Same Ole Me; One More Time; For the Good Times; I Won't Mention it Again; Heartaches by the Number , and more.

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  1. Jealous LiesRay Price 2:33Album Only
  2. If You're Ever Lonely DarlingRay Price 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Weary Blues (From Waiting) (Album Version)Ray Price 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Talk To Your Heart (Single Version)Ray Price 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Release Me (Album Version)Ray Price 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (78rpm Version)Ray Price 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Crazy Arms (Album Version)Ray Price 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  9. Wasted Words (Album Version)Ray Price 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. I've Got A New Heartache (Album Version)Ray Price 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. Curtain In The Window (Album Version)Ray Price 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Invitation To The Blues (Single Version)Ray Price 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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17. One More Time (Album Version)Ray Price 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today (Album Version)Ray Price 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  9. Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting MeRay Price 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. A Way To SurviveRay Price 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. I'm Still Not Over You (Album Version)Ray Price 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. I Let My Mind Wander (Album Version)Ray Price 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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16. For the Good Times (Single Version)Ray Price 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. I Won't Mention It AgainRay Price 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. I'd Rather Be Sorry (Album Version)Ray Price 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000OOOJ0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on August 21, 2007
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The towering talent of Ray Price split into two distinct periods. His works of the 1950s and early 1960s were country and honky-tonk whose twangy sound will be surprising to those familiar with the smooth countrypolitan work he began in the 1960s. Columbia/Legacy's new two-disc "Essential" collection admirably captures the highpoints of both eras, and in doing so provides an excellent overview of his transition from honky-tonker to crooner. Price's commercial popularity has ensured that his hits have remained in print, but single disc anthologies necessarily short-change either his early or late sides. The similarly titled single disc from 1991, for example, covers only the years 1951 through 1962.

Disc one opens in 1950, before Price had signed with Columbia and began recording in Nashville. "Jealous Lies" was recorded in Dallas and released on the Bullet label. Price sings in the sweet croon then popular in Country & Western recordings, and to which he'd return in an even smoother form 15 years later. By 1951, with Lefty Frizell's "If You're Ever Lonely Darling" and Hank Williams' purpose-written "Weary Blues (From Waiting)," Price began singing more high and lonesome to match the twang of the accompanying fiddle and steel guitar of Don Law's production.

Following Hank Williams' death, Price toured and recorded with his idol's backing band (The Drifting Cowboys) until treading water gave way to forging ahead. Trading out the honky-tonk band for a western swing combo he evolved a new approach through the hits "Please Release Me," "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)," and a breakthrough cover of "Crazy Arms.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. A. McMurray on September 30, 2007
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They have finally released a cd that does Ray Price's career justice. It is filled with all the essential sings that made Ray Price one of the best, if not the best country singer ever. I wish they would have included "Here Comes My Baby" from the Burning Memories album on this and then it would be complete with all my favorite Ray Price songs. Now can they only do Faron Young such justice. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who likes country music because Ray Price is one of the top five country singers ever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 9, 2007
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Ray Price was one of the towering giants of country's classic honky-tonk era... He inherited his pal, Hank Williams' band and crafted his own version of the hard country sound, eventually settling on a mix of Texas dance music and western swing that was some of the finest music of the 1950s.

This 2-CD best-of set is a study in contrasts, charting Price's path from honkytonker to lounge singer, paralleling the same evolution in the country music industry of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Disc One is dominated with his hard country hits of the mid-1950s -- the powerful loping thump of the Texas shuffle propels heavenly hits such as I've Got A New Heartache," "Crazy Arms" and "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You." There were ballads as well, but Price excelled at uptempo material, and up through the early '60s that's what he concentrated on. Even by the mid-1960s, when he'd become a countrypolitan crooner, Price still cooked up stunners like "A Way To Survive" and "Burning Memories," and he kept a bluesy undercurrent in his music long after contemporaries such as Hank Locklin and Eddy Arnold had abandoned all pretense at twang.

This set basically picks up where the previous "Essential" album (from 1991) left off, and compliments that still-crucial collection: after all the twang and thunder, Price softened up and went pop, but an extra disc's worth of this later material is well worth having on hand. Gems from Hank Cochran, Kris Kristofferson and Price's longtime amigo, Willie Nelson, are nothing to sneeze at. One note: the early years are represented by a markedly different playlist: unless you go for a big, old Bear Family box, you'll want both "Essential" sets to grace your stereo, although every time you check this new one out, you'll be rewarded in some new way. Classic country and countrypolitan at it's best! (DJ Joe Sixpack)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V. A. Peek on July 8, 2008
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As he said when he accepted his induction into the CM Hall of Fame, "It's About Time." To me, since I heard Crazy Arms when I was just a young thing listening to "country and western" music on the local radio station,(some folks even called it hillbilly, those were the high falutin' ones in my town who only listened to Guy Lombardo on Sunday afternoons) well, he's been my favorite. And since I've re-discovered Don Gibson, also from the 50's, (I know this isn't about Don Gibson), but I consider them both geniuses at what they do. It's very hard for me to pick one as my very favorite, so I give them shared space as my number 1 favorite.
Can you just imagine? Ray first started on local appearances down in Texas around where he was from and then lucked into a job with Hank Williams, even adopting The Cherokee Cowboys as his band when Hank passed away, after being recommended by Bob Wills, and I believe that was around 1948 which means he's still kicking and singing and performing and did the concert tour last year with Willie, and Merle, 60 years later. It's amazing. All of these songs on this album deserved #1 status when they were out on the radios. How I long for those days again, to introduce good music to the young folks. Even the pop music of those days would be great to be able to hear when you want to. Well, thank the good Lord for whoever has gotten us to where we are with tapes and cd's and to Amazon for making them affordable to old retirees like myself. I couldn't agree more with all of you other lovers of Ray Price's music.
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