Picks and Pans Review: San Antonio Rose

updated 07/14/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/14/1980 01:00AM

Willie Nelson & Ray Price

Two of country music's most durable good old boys are not nearly as old (Nelson is 47, Price 54) as they are good. This, their first LP as a duo, includes a cross section of standards: Bob Wills' San Antonio Rose and Faded Love, Nelson's Night Life and Funny How Time Slips A way, Price's old hit Crazy Arms, and the Humperdinck standby Release Me. The combination, however, is not a match made in heaven, hillbilly or otherwise. Since Willie's and Ray's talents are more parallel than complementary, the result is a musical equivalent of a novel co-written by John Updike and Norman Mailer; the solos are fine, the collaboration muddy.

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