My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: There really aren’t any details about the recording of this album that I could find (without making it a in depth research project at least), but Price was born in Texas and studied veterinary medicine before deciding a career in music was a better fit for him. Price’s ever changing band, the Cherokee Cowboy’s, featured many prominent country musicians including Willie Nelson who wrote the title track of the album “Night Life”. Night Life was released in 1962 and was a number one hit on the country charts.
What I liked: I have never sat in a bar until closing time drowning my sorrows and thinking about the one that got away. This idea has always held a bit of romanticism to me, although I know the reality would be a different story. These sad songs of love lost and the girl at the end of the bar really strike that nerve which make this album really enjoyable to me. I really like “Lonely Street” and “Sittin’ and Thinkin”.
What I Didn’t Like: Price has a really good voice. It’s sort of a cross between Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra. To me he could have just as easily been a lounge crooner or big-band swinger as a country singer. Now why is that a negative? Because to me the Country singer was damned into his profession. The girl left him and he’s so sad and lonely he has no other choice than to travel the honky-tonks and sing his songs to the other poor saps. Price’s voice is too good and breaks that illusion for me. “Bright Lights and Blond-Haired Women” is a perfect example and is really just big-band song without the horns.
My Overall Thoughts: The quality of Price’s voice being put aside, this album is a great bunch of sad sad songs (with a light at the end of the tunnel at the end of the album with “Let Me Talk To You”).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? There is no doubt that this album belongs on this list.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (31/37)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 84%