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Charley Pride: The Sensational Charley Pride/Songs of Pride...Charley, That Is/In Person/Just Plain Charley

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BGO's 2015 release groups Charley Pride's second four albums onto two CDs: 1968's Songs of Pride...Charley, That Is; In Person and The Sensational Charley Pride, both from 1969; and 1970's Just Plain Charley. By this point, Pride established himself as a star and so RCA was willing to take some chances. Songs of Pride doesn't rely on well-known tunes but rather contains a bunch of new songs, largely written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice, songs that helped align Charley closer to the modern sound of country in 1968, while In Person demonstrates his in-concert charm and skill. Sensational and Just Plain Charley pick up on Songs of Pride and they're both excellent examples of walking the line between modern sounds -- the Bakersfield of Merle Haggard and the proto-outlaw of Kris Kristofferson -- and the Music City machine, records that are enough of their time to evoke their era but classic enough to transcend it. This is Charley's peak in many ways and it's a pleasure to have them so easily available on this set. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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