Editors’ Notes In the early fifties Ray Price was one of a handful of country bred pioneers who determinedly dragged hardcore honky-tonk, with its working class tales of bar-room violence, broken hearts, and hard times, into the cultural mainstream. Along with George Jones and Hank Williams he used sophisticated arrangements and crack instrumentalists to reawaken the mainstream to the pathos and artistry inherent in hillbilly music. But if early, rough hewn ‘50s hits like “Heartache by the Numbers” and “My Feet Keep Walking Back to You” helped to make Ray Price a star few fans of his early work could have anticipated the dramatic, and trend setting changes that Price would undergo in the following decade, when polished, string laden hits like “Nightlife” and “I’m Still Not Over You” would define the uptown sophistication of the burgeoning countrypolitan genre. It’s extraordinarily difficult to encapsulate a career as stylistically diverse and influential as Price’s in a single compilation, but the forty track Essential Ray Price serves as a fine introduction to one of the greatest vocal stylists of the twentieth century. Anyone with even a passing interest in country music ought to be familiar with Price and his work.

SONG
Jealous Lies
1
2:33
 
If You're Ever Lonely Darling
2
2:32
 
Weary Blues (From Waiting)
3
2:59
 
Talk to Your Heart
4
2:41
 
Release Me
5
2:41
 
I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
6
2:26
 
Crazy Arms
7
2:30
 
You Done Me Wrong
8
2:22
 
Wasted Words
9
2:39
 
I've Got a New Heartache
10
2:42
 
My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You (Single Version)
11
2:33
 
Curtain In the Window
12
2:31
 
Invitation to the Blues (Single Version)
13
2:47
 
City Lights (Single Version)
14
2:57
 
Heartaches By the Number
15
2:57
 
The Same Old Me
16
2:42
 
One More Time
17
2:45
 
I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today
18
2:38
 
Heart Over Mind
19
2:41
 
Soft Rain
20
2:45
 
San Antonio Rose
1
3:20
 
I've Just Destroyed the World (I'm Living In)
2
2:20
 
Pride
3
2:35
 
Walk Me to the Door
4
3:05
 
Night Life
5
4:44
 
Make the World Go Away
6
2:32
 
Burning Memories
7
2:29
 
The Other Woman (In My Life)
8
2:57
 
Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me
9
2:45
 
A Way to Survive (Single Version)
10
3:00
 
I'm Still Not Over You
11
4:00
 
I Let My Mind Wander
12
2:35
 
Danny Boy (Single Version)
13
4:59
 
She Wears My Ring
14
3:16
 
You Wouldn't Know Love
15
2:55
 
For the Good Times (Single Version)
16
3:47
 
I Won't Mention It Again
17
3:40
 
I'd Rather Be Sorry
18
2:46
 
You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
19
3:48
 
Faded Love (with Ray Price)
20
3:47
 

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