Ray Price

Super Hits

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Columbia Records' Super Hits albums are discount-priced collections of ten of the biggest hits of individual artists. The Ray Price number in the series mixes up material originally released from 1956 to 1973, which is to say that his honky tonk '50s hits like "Crazy Arms" and "Heartaches by the Number" are juxtaposed uneasily with his Nashville Sound '70s ballads like "For the Good Times" and "She's Got to Be a Saint." You certainly get the two Ray Prices here, although much of the time they sound like two different artists. And there's one oddity. Somebody at the Columbia vault pulled the wrong version of "Release Me," which leads off the album. A sleeve note says, "Originally Released 1954," but the included recording is a much later Nashville Sound arrangement with heavy strings that seems to bear the influence of Engelbert Humperdinck's 1967 pop revival.

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