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Melody Road - Neil Diamond
Melody Road by Neil Diamond
Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble - Primus
Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble by Primus
Non-Fiction - Single - Lecrae
Non-Fiction - Single by Lecrae
Title (Deluxe) - Meghan Trainor
Title (Deluxe) by Meghan Trainor
Paperwork (Deluxe Version) - T.I.
Paperwork (Deluxe Version) by T.I.
Nostalgia - Annie Lennox
Nostalgia by Annie Lennox
Under Pressure (Deluxe Version) - Logic
Under Pressure (Deluxe Version) by Logic
Pain Killer - Little Big Town
Pain Killer by Little Big Town
That's Christmas To Me - Pentatonix
That's Christmas To Me by Pentatonix
Paperwork - T.I.
Paperwork by T.I.
|3||Who Will the Next Fool Be?||2:44|
|5||Sittin' and Thinkin'||3:05|
|6||There's Another Place I Can't Go||2:40|
|7||Big Boss Man||2:36|
|8||There Won't Be Anymore||2:25|
|9||River, Stay 'Way From My Door||2:48|
|10||She Called Me Baby|
|12||I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water||2:40|
|13||Field of Yellow Daisies|
|14||Everything I Do Is Wrong|
|15||You Can Have Her||2:56|
|16||Behind Closed Doors||2:57|
|17||Most Beautiful Girl||2:43|
|18||Feel Like Going Home|
A few stand outs - "LONELY WEEKENDS" (1959) clearly his first classic - "WHO WILL THE NEXT FOOL BE?" (1961) high octane on rhythm & blues, with perfect lyrics and arrangements - "RIVER STAY AWAY FROM MY DOOR" (1963) this rendition has to be one of the best ever, Rich completely throws himself into the mood and the rest is "perfection" - "A FIELD OF YELLOW DAISIES (1965) in top form, and working on all cylinders for this ballad - "YOU CAN HAVE HER" (1965) no other artist can top this performance, as Charlie's talent comes shining through - "BEHIND CLOSE DOORS" (1972) and "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL" (1973) both charted number one on the Country Charts.
Charlie Rich was one of the most talented artist ever to record, his voice and piano complemented each other. Rich painted his thoughts and feelings through music, as you will hear and see through the - "Ultimate Collection of Charlie Rich"!
Total Time: 48:54 on 18 Tracks/ Hip-O Records - 012 157 597 2 (2000)
Charlie Rich was an already prematurely silver-haired country crooner in the early 70s when he finally scored big with "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl", the latter of which topped both the country and pop charts in 1973. Well, he didn't start out that way. On the back cover you see him as he was in his Sun Studio days, Elvis-handsome but much more rugged-looking, and he sounds it too. The collection follows his career from 1959 to his 1970s heyday, and a powerful, moving and (one senses) personal 1991 swan song "Feel Like Going Home", but it is the 1959-1965 material that is the goldmine here.
Charlie sings (like Elvis, but stronger), writes (sometimes) and plays piano, and the tracks are organized chronologically. There are no weak tracks, but these are the ones I like best, and I have indicated how they show off his boundary-busting diversity. #1 "Lonely Weekend" (rock 'n roll), #6 "There's Another Place I Can't Go" (country/R&B), #7 "Big Boss Man" (blues/rock 'n roll - and funny as heck, you'll want to play this one over and over), #10 "She Called Me Baby" (country ballad), #11 Fast-talking, slow walking, good looking "Mohair Sam" (R&B), #16 "Behind Closed Doors" (country), #17 "The Most Beautiful Girl" (country-pop and still sounds great), and #18 "Feel Like Going Home" (gospel). For those of you who may have grown up in the New York area in the 60s, you'll recognize Charlie's version of "Big Boss Man" as the theme song of WMCA's Dandy Dan Daniels. But I never knew it was Charlie Rich until now, and I'll bet you didn't either - what a find!