Ray Price

For the Good Times

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In the late '60s and early '70s, the formerly bedrock country singer Ray Price reinvented himself as, for lack of a better word, the squarest of the Nashville country-crossover crooners of the time. All of a sudden, Price sounded like a soulful insurance agent, the most outgoing member of the Rotary Club, Pat Boone's country cousin backed by a full orchestra and choir. The funny thing is, Price not only made some of his most successful records at this time, but also some of his best, and none of them was more successful or better than his version of Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times." Kristofferson was identified with a younger and more rebellious group of rock-influenced singers, so Price's old-school countrypolitan arrangement of this resigned ballad was something of an acceptance of the songwriter by an older generation. It's not just that, though; there's a tension between the frank, real-world emotions of the lyrics -- to put it bluntly, the guy's asking for one-for-the-road breakup sex, but in such a way that you can't really tell who's leaving whom or why -- and the dignified, restrained way that Price sings them, to the accompaniment of grown-up strings, vibes and horns. That dichotomy creates a sound that's, if not unique, then at least extremely rare (see Patsy Cline's "Crazy," a similar pairing of established star and younger, risk-taking songwriter) in mainstream country music.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1970 Columbia
Ray Price's All-Time Greatest Hits 1972 BMG Special Products / Sony Music Distribution 3:49
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Dynamic House
No Image 1976 Columbia
No Image 1981 CBS Records
Happens to Be the Best 1983 Pair
No Image 1986 Step One Records
No Image 1986 Step One Records
Country U.S.A.: 1970 1988
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
American Originals 1989 Columbia 3:48
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 4 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:48
For the Good Times/I Won't Mention It Again 1990 Beat Goes On 3:52
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vols. 1-4 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:48
Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 4: The Nashville Sound 1991
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:47
Singer/Songwriter 1991 Monument Records 3:47
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music, Vol. 4 1991
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 3:47
Country Music Classics, Vol. 4 (1970-75) 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:48
Big Bad Country [Drive Archive] 1995
Various Artists
Drive Archive 3:48
Decade of Hits 1995
Various Artists
Step One Records 3:52
Country Classics [Drive Archive] 1995
Various Artists
Drive Archive
Super Box of Country 1995
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 3:49
The 101 Greatest Country Hits [Box] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:46
Big Time Country 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:49
Only Country 1970-1974 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:47
20 Hits 1995 Teevee Records 4:05
Country Originals: The Original Country Classic Behind The Chart Covers 1995
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:51
Heartbreakers: 18 Classic Tear Jerkers 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:49
Gold Collection Artists 1996
Various Artists
King 4:05
From a Jack to a King 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:46
Fireplace Melodies 1996
Various Artists
King / Koch 4:05
I Love Country: Hits of the 70's, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:48
Super Hits of the '70s [Sony] 1997
Various Artists
Epic / Sony Music Distribution 3:48
The 101 Greatest Country Hits, Vol. 3: Easy Country 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:46
20th Century Country, Vol. 2: Country Classics: From a Jack to a King 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
70 Ounces of Gold: Country Gold 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records 3:36
Super Hits 1997 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:48
50 Years of Country Music Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Starday Records 4:04
Country Greatest, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:46
Country Music Hall of Fame 1996 1999 King 4:07
Sound & Sensation: Country Hits 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:47
16 Biggest Hits 1999 Legacy / Columbia 3:50
The Crooners Collection, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
The Gold Label 3:48
Classic Country: 1965-1974 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Classic Country: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Classic Country: 1970-1974 [2 CD 1999 #1] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
All His Greatest Hits 2000 Platinum Disc 3:46
Country Music Classics 2000
Various Artists
Import 3:49
Good Old Country 2000 St. Clair 3:47
Good Old Country: Men of Country, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:47
Men of Country [2000] 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:47
Back to Back 2001 Masters / Intercontinental Records 3:49
A Year in Your Life: 1970's Country, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:49
Country Legends [3 Disc Set] 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:49
Country Legends [Disc 2] 2001
Various Artists
Madacy 3:49
All-Time Greatest Hits [K-Tel] 2002 K-Tel Distribution 3:47
Country's Greatest Hits [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:47
The Ultimate Classic Country Collection 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 3:50
Pure Country Classics: The #1 Hits 2003
Various Artists
UTV 3:48
20 All-Time Greatest Hits 2003 Teevee Records 4:04
Best of the Best 2003 Federal Records 4:04
Songbook of Love 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:50
The Great Country Collection 2004
Various Artists
Red X 3:49
Country Heartbreak [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:47
Country Legends 2004 St. Clair 3:47
Lifetime Of Romance: Secret Rendezvous 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Music of Your Life: Secret Rendezvous 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Ultimate Broken Hearted Collection 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:49
The Ultimate Country Collection [Universal International] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:49
Country: The Essential Album 2005
Various Artists
Essential Records 3:48
K-Tel Greatest Hits 2005 K-Tel Distribution 3:46
Superstars of Country: Easy Loving 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:49
All American Country [BMG] 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:49
Billboard #1s: Classic Country 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:52
#1 Super Country 70's Hits 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:49
Greatest Ever! Country 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 3:50
Legends of Country: Classic Hits from the '50s, '60s & '70s 2006
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:49
Lifetime of Country Romance: Always on My Mind 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Superstars of Country [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:49
Country Top Hits of the 70's 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 3:50
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Country 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:50
'70s Romantic Classics 2008
Various Artists
StarVista 3:50
Romancing the 70s: Lovin' You 2008
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
Country's Got Heart: Behind Closed Doors 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Pure...Country 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:49
Country's Got Heart [Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Pure... Crooners 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:49
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Legends of Country 2013
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:49
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 3:50
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1970 2013
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:50
Playlist: The Very Best of Ray Price 2014 Columbia / Legacy 3:49
NOW That's What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years 2015
Various Artists
NOW! / UMG Recordings Inc. / Universal 0:00
100 Hits: The Best Country Album 2018
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:48
'70s Country [Time Life]
Various Aritsts
Time Life / Time / Life Music 3:49
Country Music of Your Life
Various Artists
Rhino / StarVista / Time Life 3:48
Essential: Cool Cats
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:49
The Greatest Love Songs of the '70s
Various Artists
Time Life 3:49