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The Essential Charley Pride Original recording remastered

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40 of the nearly unbroken string of hits that Charley Pride notched from the '60s up through the '80s! Includes the #1 hits All I Have to Offer You (Is Me); (I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again; Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone; Wonder Could I Live There Anymore; I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me; I'm Just Me; Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' , and more.

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  • Audio CD (May 30, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000F9TCIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Please note that this is a re-issue of the earlier Anthology double CD with an identical track listing but different packaging.

It is not possible to do full justice to Charley's career in forty tracks but this anthology is easily the best compilation of his music yet released in America. Whether it is better than the Australian compilation Legendary (released in Britain with different packaging titled Legends) is a good debating point. Certainly, this compilation has superior sound quality but there are significant differences in track selection that mean but all true Charley Pride fans will want both despite substantial duplication - thirty songs appear on both sets.

As befits an American compilation, this set focuses on the songs that established and maintained his career in his homeland from the mid-sixties to the mid-eighties, featuring many of his high-charting hits on the country charts. There were far more than forty of these so inevitably some have been left out but most of the songs that Americans regard as essential are here including Kiss an angel good morning and Is anybody going to San Antone. Charley's popularity in America was at its height between 1969 and 1973, represented here by All I have to offer you is me and the subsequent tracks on the first CD.

As the years went boy, Charley's popularity at home gradually slipped although he continued to have plenty of big country hits well into the eighties. The second CD includes twenty of these later tracks. Meanwhile, Charley toured extensively abroad, performing in Britain, Australia and other countries where he found a ready market for his brand of traditional country music. Outside America Crystal chandeliers, never released as a single in America, became his signature song.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on July 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Charley Pride - country music's lone black superstar - ranks behind only Elvis Presley in all-time sales figures for RCA artists. Yet his deep RCA catalog has never been properly exploited. The forty-track remastered Anthology - the first multi-disc Pride retrospective available domestically in stores -was a step in the right direction. Now, just three years later, Sony/BMG has lazily just reissued that collection under a new name and upped the price by $10!

Pride created his own vocal style by melding the smooth delivery of Jim Reeves with a natural twang that recalled Lefty Frizzell and Ernest Tubb. The early singles (1966-68) that lead off disc one, like "Just Between You And Me" and "The Easy Part's Over," are all ballads sung in a lower key. With the 1969 live recording of Hank Williams' "Kaw-Liga," Pride added an uptempo hit to his repertoire that finally captured his warm baritone in its natural register (which he used on all recordings thereafter).

"Kaw-Liga's" follow-up, the ballad "All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)" gave Pride the first of twenty-nine number one country hits at RCA. Aside from a gospel number "Did You Think To Pray," the tracks that make up the rest of disc one - covering 1970 through 1973 - also hit number one and are among Pride's most enduring recordings, including the uptempo "Wonder Could I Live There Anymore," "Is Anybody Going To San Antone" and his signature tune "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'," as well as his common man odes "I'm Just Me" and "All His Children."

Disc two is dominated by relationship tunes - mostly ballads - such as "Then Who Am I" and "She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory." This disc also denotes a change in producers (from Jack Clement to Jerry Bradley).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on November 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This double-disc set is a straight up reissue of 2003's "Anthology," featuring the same 40 tracks, and the same liner notes. That said, it's still the best introduction to Pride's great career at RCA, whatever RCA wants to use as a title. The material spans Pride's entire twenty year run at RCA, from his second single, 1966's "Before I Met You," through his final year's "Down on the Farm" in 1985. In between, the collection does an excellent job of cherry-picking from Pride's extensive catalog and eye-popping chart success. Out of 54 singles issued for RCA, 51 hit the country Top-10, and many of his chart-toppers crossed over to minor pop success.

Pride's commercial success began with the Grammy® winning top-10 "Just You and Me" from 1966. Written by Jack Clement and produced by Chet Atkins, Bob Ferguson and Clement, Pride's masterful baritone is set between twangy pedal steel and a countrypolitan background chorus. For all the recognition Pride has received as country music's first (and really only) African American superstar, his music, particularly as produced by Clement, is completely colorblind. His song choices speak to country music's universal experiences of love and loss, and his voice, while quite unique, is marked mostly by his Southern raising.

Taking off from his first chart success, Pride minted an amazing streak of top-10s, including a run of #1s from 1969 through 1971. Of the six ("All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)," "(I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again," "(Is Anybody Going To) San Antone," "Wonder Could I Live There Anymore," "I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me," and "I'd Rather Love You), only the last is missing from this set.
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