15 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Charlie Rich began his career singing rockabilly at Sun Records, but by 1973, the Silver Fox was crooning future standards that crossed over into easy listening and pop. "The Most Beautiful Girl" is a big, tear-jerking torch song, but elsewhere Rich sounds content and fulfilled. This might be the most doting country album you've ever heard—"I Take It on Home," for instance, is arguably country's greatest anti-cheating song, with the singer turning down a one-night stand out of love for his wife.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Charlie Rich began his career singing rockabilly at Sun Records, but by 1973, the Silver Fox was crooning future standards that crossed over into easy listening and pop. "The Most Beautiful Girl" is a big, tear-jerking torch song, but elsewhere Rich sounds content and fulfilled. This might be the most doting country album you've ever heard—"I Take It on Home," for instance, is arguably country's greatest anti-cheating song, with the singer turning down a one-night stand out of love for his wife.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings
Jerusalem Donkey ,

Blew me away

I had never heard of Charlie Rich until seeing the movie "High Fidelity", where there was a reference to his song "Behind Closed Doors." This album may not satisfy hardcore country purists... but it is masterful and moody and a hell of an example of Cosmic American Music - as Gram Parson once described his own country flavored, singer-songwriter flair. I loved it.

Filmredneck ,

Best album ever!

This was the first album I ever owned. It was on eight-track, and the case was orange. Let's see, if I was born in '69 and this came out in '73, then I was four years old. Since then, I burned up that eight-track and got another one, then got it on vinyl when I was collecting albums as a teenager and well into my 20s, and now I have it on CD. If you don't own it and have never heard the tracks besides the charted singles, I highly, highly recommend you check it out. Tracks 12-15 are not part of the original album, but if it's Charlie Rich, it has to be good.

TroublesomeCreek ,

Unequalled

In 1973 I was a college sophomore with long hair and it seemed that this album was everywhere. Everyone I knew liked it and it cut across all demographics. We listened to it alongside post-psychedelic rock, American R&B, British progressive rock, Southern rock, classic country, and jazz. I lost my copy many years ago and was delighted to find it again on iTunes. Listening to it for the first time in decades I was stunned by Billy Sherrill's brilliant production, the restrained instrumentation and the purity of Charlie's voice. Highly, highly recommended.

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