“Night Life” by Ray Price - album review

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TJR says

Ray and his Cherokee Cowboys are knockin' on your record player once more as the man himself tells in his spoken word introduction to the album, spoken over an instrumental bed which leads into the bluesy title-track. As if playing live in your living room Ray informs: “tonight we've chosen some of the songs that we sing and play on our dancers across the country. Songs that reflect the emotion of the people that live in the night life. Songs of happiness sadness heartbreak songs of the night life.” It’s a full-on country set from thereon. A terrific cover of Carl Belew’s “Lonely Street” immediately maintains the concept: “Maybe on this lonely street, there's someone such as I, who came to bury broken dreams, and watch an old love die” Album highlight “A Girl In The Night” arrives at the close of play on Side 1. It’s poetically quite beautiful: “She lives her life in honky tonks and the crowded backstreet bar, a world of make believe that knows no sun, no moon or stars, just a glitter of the great white way and the glare of city lights, where the music's loud, she's in the crowd, a lonely girl in the night.” There are a fair few highlights on this album, and very little that grates. This is a solid, hard-hitting band, and Ray’s an old-school front-man who’s well equipped for these wild side of life warning shots.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:05] 5.7.png Ray Price - Introduction And Theme / Night Life (Walt Breeland, Paul Buskirk, Willie Nelson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [04:41] 6.7.png Ray Price - Lonely Street (Carl Belew, Kenny Sowder, William McCall) Country
A3 [03:01] 6.5.png Ray Price - The Wild Side Of Life (Arlie Carter, William Warren) Country
A4 [02:57] 6.4.png Ray Price - Sittin’ And Thinkin’ (Charlie Rich) Country
A5 [02:50] 5.4.png Ray Price - The Twenty-Fourth Hour (Ray Price) Country
A6 [02:47] 7.2.png Ray Price - A Girl In The Night (Hank Thompson) Country
B1 [02:34] 6.0.png Ray Price - Pride (Wayne P. Walker, Irene Stanton) Country
B2 [02:54] 5.3.png Ray Price - There’s No Fool Like A Young Fool (Bette Thomasson) Country
B3 [02:39] 7.1.png Ray Price - If She Could See Me Now (Hank Cochran) Country
B4 [02:22] 4.5.png Ray Price - Bright Lights And Blonde Haired Women (Eddie Kirkland) Country
B5 [02:20] 5.5.png Ray Price - Are You Sure (Buddy Emmons, Willie Nelson) Country
B6 [03:00] 3.6.png Ray Price - Let Me Talk To You (Don Stewart Davis, Danny Dill) Country

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