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Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich

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Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich

Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich

Legacy Recordings
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When people hear the name Charlie Rich, more than likely they'll think of his 1973 hits "Behind Closed Doors" or "The Mose Beautiful Girl." But Charlie Rich has a huge body of work that covers several decades as well as several genres. The latest release from Legacy Records is a two disc collection of 36 of his hits as well as favorite album tracks. Whether it's rockabilly, blues, pop or country, the Silver Fox delivers them all in the style that is uniquely his own. From the rockabilly sound of "Lonely Weekends," or the bluesy sound of "Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave," this collection has it all.

When you think of the name Charlie Rich, you'll probably think of his two biggest hits from 1973 entitled "Behind Closed Doors" or "The Most Beautiful Girl." But his musical career was much more than those two hits. His career spans many decades starting in the late 50's & covers many genres of music. This 2 CD collection from Legacy Records is a repackaging and re-release of his 1997 2 disc set of the same name. About the only difference is an updated cover and CD booklet. However, the track selection and their order is identical to the 1997 release. Having said that, this is a really great retrospective of the music of Charlie Rich. It's hard to put his music into one specific category because he played and sang so many different genres. When you listen to his early mono recordings, you can hear a little bit of Elvis Presley in his rockabilly sound on hits like "Lonely Weekends," "Break Up," "You Can Have Her" and "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water." But then songs like "Who Will The Next Fool Be" and "I Miss You So" sound a lot like the musical stylings of Floyd Cramer. However, songs like "Let Me Go My Merry Way," "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," "The Milky White Way" and "Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave" really shows off Charlie's ability to play and sing the blues with the best of them. And then songs like "Have A Heart" showcases Charlie's ability to play and sing gospel music. Charlie Rich's ability to play and sing so many different genres of music makes it hard to box him in to just the country music genre.
In the latter part of his life, Charlie Rich was given the nickname The Silver Fox in reference to his full head of silver and gray hair. Charlie Rich was born in Colt, Arkansas on December 14, 1932. He began his professional musical career while in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950's. His first musical group was called the Velvetones. They played jazz and blues. Charlie Rich's fiance at the time sang lead vocals. He began performing in clubs around the Memphis area. He played both jazz and R&B. It was during these hard times when he first started out that he began writing his own material. In the late 50's, Charlie Rich became a session musician for the now legendary Sun Records. He's played piano for such artists as Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Rich left Sun Records in 1964 and signed on with a subsidiary of RCA Records. His first single for RCA was "Big Boss Man" which is also featured in this collection. Charlie then moved to Smash Records in early 1965. The first single for Smash was "Mohair Sam," an R&B sounding novelty-rock song, and it became a Top 30 pop hit. Epic Records signed Charlie Rich in 1967. The title track from his 1973 album, Behind Closed Doors became a No. 1 hit early in 1973, crossing over into the pop charts. It was closely followed by "The Most Beautiful Girl."

Sadly, Charley Rich passed away on July 25, 1995. However, his memory will live on through the vast body of music he left behind to be enjoyed by many for years to come.

Track Listing - Disc 1:

  1. "Lonely Weekends"
  2. "Break Up"
  3. "Who Will The Next Fool Be"
  4. "Sittin' and Thinkin'"
  5. "There's Another Place I Can't Go"
  6. "Let Me Go My Merry Way"
  7. "River, Stay 'Way From My Door"
  8. "There Won't Be Anymore"
  9. "Big Boss Man"
  10. "Mohair Sam"
  11. "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water"
  12. "A Field Of Yellow Daisies"
  13. "Down And Out"
  14. "You Can Have Her"
  15. "No Home"
  16. "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby"
  17. "The Milky White Way"
  18. "Feel Like Going Home (demo)"

Track Listing - Disc 2:

  1. "Set Me Free"  
  2. "Stay"
  3. "I Almost Lost My Mind"
  4. "I Miss You So"  
  5. "Your Place Is Here With Me"
  6. "Nice 'N' Easy"
  7. "Why, Oh Why"  
  8. "Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave"
  9. "Have A Heart"
  10. "Peace On You"  
  11. "You Never Really Wanted Me"
  12. "A Woman Left Lonely" 
  13. "Life's Little Ups And Downs"
  14. "Behind Closed Doors"  
  15. "The Most Beautiful Girl"
  16. "Since I Fell For You"  
  17. "Pictures And Paintings"
  18. "Feel Like Going Home"
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