Ray Price

Born to Lose

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Ray Price's Born to Lose contains tracks from 1967 as well as selections from the beginning of his career in the early '50s. Later cuts include "I'll Keep On Lovin' You" and "I've Gotta Have My Baby Back," which are in the shuffle-beat style Price helped forge, and a wonderful performance of "Born to Lose"; this is the best version of many Price did of the country classic. Earlier material like "Beyond the Last Mile" reveals the strong influence honky tonk pioneer Webb Pierce had on the young Price; he practically copies Pierce's own high vocal tone and warbling delivery on these tracks. Price does hint at his soon-to-emerge style, though, with a swinging, pedal steel-heavy rendition of "Move On in and Stay." In spite of the nice variety of numbers on Born to Lose, this is not an album to get if you are either expecting one of Price's late-'60s, country-pop titles or a classic honky tonk record; Price's best pop release is She Wears My Ring and his best honky tonk collection is Columbia's The Essential Ray Price.

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