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Charley Pride - Four Charley Pride Albums (1968-70) [2CD] {2015 BGO Records Remaster}
Charley Pride - Four Charley Pride Albums (1968-70) [2CD] {2015 BGO Records Remaster}
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BGO's 2015 release groups Charley Pride's second four albums onto two CDs: 1968's Songs of Pride...Charley, That Is; In Person and The Sensational Charley Pride, both from 1969; and 1970's Just Plain Charley. By this point, Pride established himself as a star and so RCA was willing to take some chances. Songs of Pride doesn't rely on well-known tunes but rather contains a bunch of new songs, largely written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice, songs that helped align Charley closer to the modern sound of country in 1968, while In Person demonstrates his in-concert charm and skill. Sensational and Just Plain Charley pick up on Songs of Pride and they're both excellent examples of walking the line between modern sounds -- the Bakersfield of Merle Haggard and the proto-outlaw of Kris Kristofferson -- and the Music City machine, records that are enough of their time to evoke their era but classic enough to transcend it. This is Charley's peak in many ways and it's a pleasure to have them so easily available on this set.
Charley Pride - Four Charley Pride Albums (1968-70) [2CD] {2015 BGO Records Remaster}

Between 1966 and 1989 crooner Charley Pride clocked up a staggering 67 hits (including 23 number ones) on the American charts. But what's really mind-blowing is that he was a Black Man from Mississippi doing straight-up White Man's Country who once played Baseball for the Memphis Red Sox. Pride is possessed of a great voice - warm, expressive and full of effortless emotion - and even if the material he picked sometimes veered towards the maudlin and the middle-of-the-road - he could imbibe a song with a sort of Soulfulness that was rare.

This superb-sounding May 2015 2CD set from England's Beat Goes On Records on BGOCD 1181 (Barcode 5017261211811) offers up 4 RCA Victor Country albums from the late Sixties and early Seventies onto 2CDs - newly remastered by ANDREW THOMPSON in the UK. Here are the heartache details...

Disc 1 (64:29 minutes) gives you "Songs Of Pride...Charley That Is" from 1968 on RCA Victor LSP-4041 (tracks 1 to 12) and the live set "In Person" from 1969 on RCA Victor LSP-4094 (tracks 13 to 26).

Disc 2 (61:20 minutes) gives you "The Sensational Charley Pride" from 1969 on RCA Victor LSP-4153 (tracks 1 to 12) and "Just Plain Charley" from 1970 on RCA Victor LSP-4290.

Charley Pride - Four Charley Pride Albums (1968-70) [2CD] {2015 BGO Records Remaster}


There's a classy card wrap on the outside and the chunky 20-page booklet features typically indepth and warm liner notes from noted Musicologist JOHN TOBLER. You get full album annotation (including original liner notes), black and white photos of Charley live, in the studio at the microphone, side profile publicity shots and even a letter from Dallas Frazer (1973) on the rear page congratulating Charley on his musical achievements. But the big news for fans is remasters by long-time Engineer ANDREW THOMPSON at Sound Performance in London from licensed Sony mastertapes. The original top-quality Production values of CHET ATKINS, FELTON JARVIS and JACK CLEMENT who did the songs at RCA's Nashville Studios is in full evidence - this is beautifully recorded stuff and the remaster brings out that presence. Even the 'live' album (which I'd expected to be thinny sounding) is in fact amazing - full of air and breath and the warmth of his voice with the crowd loving it. Quality all the way on the presentation front...

Each song is steeped in that Nashville Country template - a pedal steel starts proceedings - the shuffle kicks in and then the lyrics begin to weep and moan about gals who break hearts, homes and horses - and none of it is the men's fault (except for their endless womanising, gambling and drinking - they're perfect examples of husbandhood). Highlights include the permission-to-legally-mess-around song "The Right To Do Wrong" and the piano-based ballad "Let Me Help You Work It Out" where Charley is offering his shoulder to some lady (what a guy). As I said earlier you'd think the 'live' set would be pure contract filler - but it's beautifully recorded and features little duplication with the "Songs Of Pride..." album. On his lovely cover of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing On My Mind" his voice is effortless and the band's superb steel player greeted with whoops. Disc 2 continues with "Louisiana Man" and a contemporary take on the Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster classic "Me And Bobby McGee" while Bob Luman did "Come On Home And Sing The Blues To Daddy". "(I'm So) Afraid Of Losing You Again" was a chart topper for him in 1970.

Fans will need to own this 2CD set - great audio and quality presentation - Beat Goes On of the UK does it again...

Charley Pride - Four Charley Pride Albums (1968-70) [2CD] {2015 BGO Records Remaster}


tracklist:
Disc 1:
Songs Of Pride...Charley That Is (1968)

01. Someday You Will
02. She Made Me Go
03. The Right To Do Wrong
04. The Easy Part's Over
05. The Day You Stop Loving Me
06. I Could Have Saved You The Time
07. One Of These Days
08. All The Time
09. My Heart Is A House
10. Let Me Help You Work It Out
11. Both Of Us Love You
12. The Top Of The World

In Person (1969)
13. Intro
14. The Last Thing On My Mind
15. Just Between You And Me
16. I Know One
17. Dialogue
18. Lovesick Blues
19. The Image Of Me
20. Kaw-Liga
21. Shutters And Boards
22. Six Days On The Road
23. Streets Of Baltimore
24. Got Leavin' On Her Mind
25. Crystal Chandeliers
26. Cotton Fields

Charley Pride - Four Charley Pride Albums (1968-70) [2CD] {2015 BGO Records Remaster}


Disc 2:
The Sensational Charley Pride (1969)

01. Lousiana Man
02. She's Still Got A Hold On You
03. Let The Chips Fall
04. Come On Home And Sing The Blues To Daddy
05. Never More Than I
06. Let Me Live Again
07. Take Care Of The Little Things
08. Even After Everything She's Done
09. (It's Just A Matter Of) Making Up My Mind
10. It's The Little Things
11. Billy Bayou
12. We Had All The Good Things Going

Just Plain Charley (1970)
13. Me And Bobby McGee
14. A Good Chance Of Tear-Fall Tonight
15. One Time
16. (I'm So) Afraid Of Losing You Again
17. A Brand New Bed Of Roses
18. That's Why I Love You So Much
19. If You Had Only Taken The Time
20. Gone, Gone, Gone
21. Happy Street
22. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
23. It's All Right

Charley Pride - Four Charley Pride Albums (1968-70) [2CD] {2015 BGO Records Remaster}

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