Thursday, October 7, 2010

Charlie Rich

Switching it up with a little country infused soul by none other than Mr. Charlie Rich. This album has always intrigued me due to Charlie's seemingly easy transitions between many forms of music, from country to soul/R&B to jazz, Rich used to do it all. The later titled "Silver Fox" as he came to be known started his career at Sun Records to little avail, he was a session musician for the likes of Johnny Cash and Billy Lee Riley. He made some minor waves after Sun with Smash Records and then wound up on Hi Records in '66 where he made some the best overlooked blue-eyed soul around. This album is a 28 track collection released out of the UK in '00 encompasses all of his work on Hi. This whole album is a killer listen, soul burners such as "Can't Get Right" and the northern soul hit "Love Is After Me" highlight this comp. The last half focuses on his country tracks he recorded on Hi during this stint including a couple Hank Williams covers. All in all a great piece to add to your collection.
Big Time Operator

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