Complete Smash Sessions
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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!
Back in the day, The Pop Chart 100 was mixed with every song Genre you can think of. But Charlie still managed a #1 hit while the Beatles and British bands were taking over.
'Mohair Sam' was #31 on Top Pop Singles Aug 28, 1965 on Smash Records. He had a #1 hit 'The Most Beautiful Girl' in Sept 29, 1973 on Epic Records.
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I got this for only one song,,but found out I like some more.This sound much better the the LP,which had the same song.I got a taste of some county off AM radio growing up.Published on March 26, 2013 by Alfred Escoto
After leaving Sun Records in the early 60s, Charlie Rich moved to Groove Records, a subsidiary of RCA. Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Danny Green
This is literally my favorite music ever. Rich was a genius at blending styles, and these sessions caught him at the perfect moment. This stuff never ceases to make me smile.Published on December 10, 2007 by Stephen Alleman