- Released: March 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Entertainment Weekly - 5/30/03, p.117
...Price's aging baritone and Nelson's floating tenor meld into aching bliss..." - Rating: A-
Q - 10/03, p.1283 stars out of 5
- "...Their styles gel....Nelson is one of the great interpreters of American music..."
- 1.San Antonio Rose
- 2.I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
- 3.I Fall To Pieces
- 4.Crazy Arms
- 5.Release Me
- 6.Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
- 7.This Cold War With You
- 8.Funny How Time Slips Away
- 9.Night Life
- 10.Deep Water
- 11.Faded Love
- 12.Just Call Me Lonesome
- 13.My Life's Been A Pleasure
This is Hyper CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
Personnel: Willie Nelson (guitar, vocals); Ray Price (vocals); Jody Payne, Grady Martin (guitar); Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Johnny Gimble (fiddle); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Moises Calderon (keyboards, vibraphone); Bee Spears, Chris Etheridge (bass); Paul English (drums); Crystal Gayle (background vocals).
Recorded at CBS Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee and Enactron Studios, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Rich Kienzle.
Ray Price gave fellow Texan Willie Nelson one of his first jobs in Nashville, hiring the young songwriter to play bass with his honky-tonk outfit. Twenty years later, Nelson returned the favor, handing Price a big break by inviting the fading star to record a duet album. The resulting disc, SAN ANTONIO ROSE, was a surprise hit, propelled up the country charts on the strength of the number three single "Faded Love."
A number of the songs on SAN ANTONIO ROSE are, like "Faded Love," bygone Western swing hits originally popularized by Bob Wills and Floyd Tillman. Others are honky-tonk standards, among them two of Price's early hits, "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)" and "Crazy Arms." Two classic Nelson compositions, "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Night Life," are also included. Stately vocal performances along with rock-solid arrangements and production have helped SAN ANTONIO ROSE stand the test of time.