For most of the 1970s, the late Charlie Rich was just about the biggest thing in Country Music. One of the greatest voices ever to grace any Nashville studio, Charlie’s success was well overdue, since he had already recorded for the Sun, RCA/Groove, Smash and Hi labels, by the time he finally scored his first country hit “Set Me Free” on Epic in early 1968.
This 2-on-1 mid-price CD contains his first two albums for Epic, released in 1968 and 1969, both produced by legend Billy Sherrill (producer of the classic 70s and 80s albums by Tammy Wynette, George Jones
Charlie Rich was, of course, a big influence on Elvis Costello, who covered “Sittin’ And Thinkin’” (from “The Fabulous…”), as well as other Rich classics, on his country covers album “Almost Blue”, also produced by Billy Sherrill.
Authoritatively annotated by Tony Rounce of Country Music People magazine, this release includes Rich originals alongside classics like “Try A Little Tenderness” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”.