1-CD-Album, Digipak, 40 pages Booklet, 31 tracks, playing time 74:51 mns.
A deep look at Charlie Rich's Sun, RCA and Smash rockers, beginning nearly twenty years before the 'Silver Fox' era. The only collection focusing entirely on Charlie Rich rockers. The similarity to Presley's vocal style couldn't be clearer. Rockers offer some much-needed contrast to the narrow view of Charlie Rich as a singer of sappy love songs. Contains ultra-rare and previously unreleased material.
Charlie Rich made his living sing slick love songs and ballads during the 1970s and '80s. But fans of vintage rockabilly and Sun rock 'n' roll have always known there was another side to 'The Silver Fox.'
Charlie Rich cut his teeth on Memphis music and made his first recordings at Sam Phillips' famous Sun studio at 706 Union Avenue. Sam Phillips commented on numerous occasions that he never recorded a more talented singer/songwriter/musician than Charlie Rich. Musicians who worked with Charlie Rich still talk about the effortless way he crossed genres and brought jazz, blues, rock and country into what might otherwise have been a routine session.
Forget about the slick, over-produced hits of the 1970s and '80s. This collection goes way, way deeper in revealing the rocking soul of Charlie Rich. Charlie Rich had it all - Presleyish good looks, a spectacular voice, and piano chops so fine he could have made his living playing on other people's sessions. This generous album of rockers, compiled from three different label affiliations during the earliest years of
Charlie Rich's career, showcases the finest features of his composing and vocal talent. As usual, Bear Family Records digs deep into the vaults and brings together a stellar combination of known, semi-known and utterly obscure selections from Charlie Rich's earliest work.
We've even managed to unearth some previously unissued tracks and alternate takes. The package includes detailed musical commentary and original biographical notes by Sun and Rich historian, Hank Davis. This collection will be a treat for Charlie Rich's loyal legion of followers, and will also win some new fans and collectors into the camp of this legendary Arkansas musician. --