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Sensational Charley Pride
Genres: Country, Pop
Charley Pride's first four albums for RCA/Victor all bear the moniker "Country," as if his audience needed the reminder. But by 1969 Pride was riding a wave of smash singles that would bring him commercial success only equ... more »
Charley Pride's first four albums for RCA/Victor all bear the moniker "Country," as if his audience needed the reminder. But by 1969 Pride was riding a wave of smash singles that would bring him commercial success only equaled by Elvis Presley for RCA. From that year, Koch has wisely reissued Pride's sixth RCA album, striking for its depth of material and the baritone's lush, irresistible tone. No novelty numbers here, no predictable covers, just gorgeous, heartbreaking country song after song. Jack Clement's production is flawless and understated, distinctive for the piano and warm, strolling electric guitar runs. While there's a desperate need for a thorough overview of Pride's music--RCA's bumbling Essential entry is merely evidence of how unsatisfying a compilation can be--this vintage 1969 album makes for a fine introduction to Pride's classic period. --Roy Kasten
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Charley Pride strikes again! Koch Entertainment's re-issuing of the country legend's seventh spectacular album is very much appreciated. Charley's hit single off this recording is "Let the Chips Fall," but this is just one of 12 musical gems you will hear on this compact disc. It starts off with a bang (Doug Kershaw's excellent Cajun-inspired "Louisiana Man") and doesn't let up. Sonny James took "It's the Little Things" to number one in 1967, but it's hard to beat Charley's interpretation of the Arlie Duff song. Jim Reeves had a hit with "Billy Bayou"; Charley's rendition gives Gentleman Jim's a run for its money. This is---please pardon the obvious pun---a "sensational" album. Believe me, after an overload of Shania and the Dixie Chicks, you'll be glad to hear REAL country music---"The Sensational Charley Pride" offers just that. Just listen to it---I doubt you'll regret it."