The Essential Charley Pride [RCA]

The Essential Charley Pride [RCA]

by Charley PrideCharley Pride


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Country music has been so inhospitable to black artists that to call Charley Pride the preeminent African American in the genre is almost an insult -- Pride could have achieved a fraction of his success and still have lapped his closest competitor (Dobie Gray?). Rather, call Charley Pride one of the preeminent artists in country music history and one of the most distinctive and appealing vocal stylists of his generation, with no less than 23 No. 1 hits, all present in this double-disc anthology. As in the case of Jim Reeves, a baseball injury forced Pride to change his career goals and give music a shot. That worked. Signed in 1966 to RCA and teamed in the studio with the legendary "Cowboy" Jack Clement, who not only produced but also penned several of his early Top 10 hits, Pride became a hit-making juggernaut in warp time, his warm baritone voice resting atop exquisite countrypolitan arrangements that incorporated strings and pop-style background choruses burnishing the stylings of a tight, basic guitar-bass-drums-piano-pedal steel-fiddle ensemble. This collection charts the astonishing run he had between 1966 and 1985, and includes classics on the order of "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone" and "Kiss an Angel Good Morning;" the overlooked gospel gem from 1971, "Did You Think to Pray"; and even a Clement-produced collaboration with Henry Mancini on "All His Children," a No. 2 country hit for Pride that was featured in the film version of Ken Kesey's novel Sometimes a Great Notion. The 40 tracks herein are as well crafted as anything that's ever come out of Nashville, and that's saying something. So is Charley Pride.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2006
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828768142929
catalogNumber: 81429

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charley Pride   Primary Artist
Henry Mancini   Conductor
Jordanaires   Vocals
Nashville Horn Works   Horn

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Charley Pride   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Henry Mancini   Arranger,Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Bobby David   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Jerry Bradley   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Don Cook   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Don Goodman   Composer
Wayland Holyfield   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Dave Kirby   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Blake Mevis   Composer,Producer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Bill Rice   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
D. Bergen White   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Norro Wilson   Composer,Producer
Jack D. Johnson   Arranger,Adaptation
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Glen Martin   Composer
Kye Fleming   Composer
Jerry Foster   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Kent Robbins   Composer
John Schweers   Composer
Don Devaney   Composer
Harold Kenneth Dorman   Composer
John Greenebaum   Composer
Joe "Cannonball" Lewis   Composer
Glenn Martin   Composer
David Briggs   String Arrangements
Charles L. Seitz   Composer

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