The companion release to last month’s 2-on-1 set from Country Music legend Charlie Rich. This CD contains his third and fifth albums for Epic, both produced by legend Billy Sherrill (producer of the classic 70s and 80s albums by Tammy Wynette, George Jones and many more).
Boss Man" (from 1970) was Rich’s first charting album, and features the hit single "Nice ‘n’ Easy". "Very Special Love Songs" was the Country Music Association’s 1974 Album Of The Year, spending all year in the charts, including five weeks at # 1.
Charlie Rich was of course a big influence on Elvis Costello, who covered "There Won’t Be Anymore" (from "Very Special Love Songs"), 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 the # 1 hit "A Very Special Love Song", plus Rich originals alongside classics like "Hello Darlin’" and "Almost Persuaded".