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The Best Charlie Rich--probably the best music ever!,
This review is from: Complete Smash Sessions (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.