Traditional country music king Ray Price's final studio album "Beauty Is" was produced by veteran music producer Fred Foster.
Throughout his career, Price won 2 Grammy awards and he was inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996.
His 12-track collection Beauty Is is quite spectacular. It opens with "Beauty Lies In The Eyes of the Beholder," his first of two duets with fellow Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. It features Price's rich and smooth vocals, which are reminiscent of those of such greats as Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
It is followed with "This Thing Of Ours" and "I Can See You" are both top-notch ballads, and he delivers a soaring cover of Willie Nelson's "It Always Will Be."
"No More Songs to Sing," just as the title says, is quite melancholic yet the country crooner sings it beautifully. Same holds true for the emotional "Senses," which will leave his fans in goosebumps.
"An Affair To Remember" is a bittersweet track and the fact that he includes country songstress Martina McBride on there for a duet vocal helps elevate it to an even higher level. Both vocalists sound fabulous on this tune, and it has been dubbed as his widow, Janie Price's favorite song on the record.
"Until Then" is Price's second duet with Vince Gill on this album, and my favorite out of the two collaborations. The late country songwriter Cindy Walker would have been proud of their superb rendition.
Price does the classic tune "Beautiful Dreamer" justice. "I Wish I Was 18 Again" is nostalgic and "Among My Souvenirs" is also equally moving.
It closes with the inspirational "I Believe," which is safe to say that he saved his best vocal for last.
Overall, Ray Price's new album deserves a standing ovation. It garners an A+ rating. The fact that he recorded all of these 12 songs while he was terminally ill and to sound amazing on all of them is quite astonishing. Price really was the "Frank Sinatra of Country Music," as he was affectionately dubbed by his fans. He is a man who was able to go beyond the ordinary and redefine and reshape country music into the prolific genre it is today.
It deserves to be recognized at the upcoming Grammy awards with a nomination for "Best Country Album" to the very least, if not win. His vocals on this effort are distinct and timeless and his music is going to stand the test of time. He was one of my biggest heroes and inspirations in country music, and hopefully this high quality album will help preserve his incredible legacy.
For more information on Ray Price's newest project, visit its official website.