Charley Pride
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:08PM
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CHARLEY PRIDE: The Gospel Collection. CD

Like his hero Hank Williams, Charley Pride was a country singer equally at home in the sacred and secular worlds, and so, right in the middle of his chart dominance in the early and mid-‘70s, he stepped back from commercial success and recorded two albums of gospel music that remain models of their kind, with production by the late, great Jack Clement. The first, Did You Think to Pray, came out in 1971 and won Charley a pair of Grammies, one for Best Gospel Performance (for the song “Let Me Live”) and one for Best Sacred Performance for the album itself. The second, 1976’s Sunday Morning with Charley Pride, followed right in its predecessor’s big footsteps, even briefly reprising “I’ll Fly Away” from the first album in its last track, “Brush Arbor Meeting.” Charley Pride: The Gospel Collection includes both albums, with liner notes by John Alexander and remastering by Vic Anesini and Mark Wilder at Battery Studios in New York. 20 tracks of heartfelt devotional music from one of the greatest country singers of all time.

Songs:

Did You Think to Pray

I’ll Fly Away

Time Out for Jesus

Angel Band

Jesus, Don’t Give Up on Me

Let Me Live

Whispering Hope

This Highway Leads to Glory

The Church in the Wildwood

Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory

I Don’t Deserve a Mountain

Be Grateful

He’s the Man

In Jesus’ Name I Pray

Without Mama Here

Little Delta Church

Next Year Finally Came

Jesus Is Your Saviour, Child

He Took My Place

Brush Arbor Meeting

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