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  • Audio CD (January 25, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000008K01
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tracks: 01. Dance of Love 02. Man About Town 03. Mohair Sam 04. I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water 05. Down and Out 06. I Can't Go On 07. The Best Years 08. A Field of Yellow Daisies 09. Something Just Came over Me 10. When My Baby Comes Home 11. She's a Yum Yum 12. Double Dog Dare Me 13. Just a Little Bit of You 14. Santa Claus' Daughter 15. Just a Little Bit of Time 16. Hawg Jaw 17. Moonshine Minnie 18. Have I Stayed Away Too Long? 19. It Ain't Gonna Be That Way 20. That's My Way 21. Everything I Do Is Wrong 22. Party Girl 23. You Can Have Her 24. Lonely Weekends 25. Blowin' Town 26. Tears A-Go-Go 27. No Home 28. So Long 29. Let the Party Roll On

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Brackney on March 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD combines two albums put out by Charlie Rich
in the mid-1960s - "The Many New Sides of Charlie Rich"
and "The Best Years" plus three previously unreleased tracks.
If you are a Charlie Rich fan (and you should be) and don't have this CD, your collection isn't complete. Charlie considered these tracks among his best "studio" work. There is such a variety here that listeners will be stunned and Charlie plays all the piano (something he often gave up until "Pictures and Paintings" in 1992). From rockers like "Down and Out" to incredible ballads like "The Best Years" to little gems like "Tears A Go-Go" and the magnificent, "ahead of its time" "I Can't Go On" and the wonderful rendition of "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water," this is the eclectic master singer and pianist at his best. As liner notes writer "Dave Marsh" states: "I slipped needle into groove and entered a new world. What gave Charlie Rich his continuing grip on me is his heart." This is a must have CD - grab it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nuno M. Ferreira on March 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Charlie Rich was one of the greatest singers of all time. He was brilliant singing jazz,R&B or country. Unfortunately, the charts didn't gave him the recognition he deserved. The Smash Sessions show Charlie Rich in his best moment ever. This record is part of the history of the american popular music. It's time to give the great and late Charlie Rich the credits he allways deserved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.E. Hull on January 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
From 1965-1966 at Smash Records, as on "Pictures and Paintings" (his final album before his death), Charlie Rich worked with kindred souls who let him do what he wanted. The difference between the two albums is age. On "Pictures," Rich is wiser and mellower; on the Smash cuts he's young and full of juice. Both are essential, but the Smash sessions more so. The vitality of these recordings--as Rich rolls from hip, stuttering growls to transcendent falsetto and tosses jazzy piano arabesques against throbbing rock rhythms--is unbelievable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jukebox Dave on October 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
CHARLIE RICH-THE COMPLETE SMASH SESSIONS: Between his early rockabilly efforts for SUN RECORDS and his mellow country-politan hits BEHIND CLOSE DOORS and THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL, pianist/singer CHARLIE RICH recorded almost thirty sides for the SMASH label, who also picked up JERRY LEE LEWIS in the mid sixties after his SUN tenure. Although the swaggering MOHAIR SAM proved RICH's only hit from that period, this treasure trove of pop mastery also includes the gospel rocker I WASHED MY HANDS IN MUDDY WATER, fun 'n funky southern fried boogies like HAWG JAW and MOONSHINE MINNIE and cool, cocky covers of ROY HAMILTON's YOU CAN HAVE HER and his own LONELY WEEKENDS. RICH could sing convincingly in any style, and on THE COMPLETE SMASH SESSIONS he covers a wide range of 'em...blue eyed soul, honky tonk, RNB, ballads...even an obvious novelty like SANTA CLAUS' DAUGHTER swings in his creative hands. Most anything here sounds like it could have been a hit, except that ELVIS was havin' 'em all during this period, belting in a manner virtually identical to RICH's earnest, playful style. That's as good a yardstick as any to measure CHARLIE RICH's boundless talents by.

RATING: FIVE SESSIONS
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Format: Audio CD
After leaving Sun Records in the early 60s, Charlie Rich moved to Groove Records, a subsidiary of RCA. From there was released a minor hit (Big Boss Man), but nothing sustainable, sadly. Perhaps he was too eclectic for radio, which is the case here. The Complete Smash Sessions is as the title suggests: it contains everything recorded at the Mercury subsidiary, including all available on The Many New Sides and The Best Years albums, a single (When My Baby Comes Home b/w That's My Way), and 3 never before available recordings. With 29 tracks here and even more diversity, it's hard not to like something on this CD. Surprisingly it even has the Christmas recording Santa Claus' Daughter, even more reason to buy this great compilation! So what are you waiting for?
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