Billy "Crash" Craddock

The First Time

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Billy "Crash" Craddock enjoyed his commercial peak as a country star in the '70s recording for ABC/Dot, but he left for Capitol Records in 1978 and The First Time was his last album for his former label. The title track reached the Top Ten, but was outperformed on the charts by his first Capitol single that followed a few months later. ABC kept releasing songs from the album to compete with Craddock's new material, and as a result "Another Woman" and "Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself to Sleep)" became hits, albeit minor ones. The First Time's three hits are ballads, but "Mr. Country Rock" lived up to his name with "It All Came Back" and "Piece of the Rock," both of which sound a lot like '70s Elvis Presley -- a fitting evolution since Craddock began his career in the '50s as a Presley-esque rocker. Many buyers may have been fooled into thinking The First Time was an album of all-new material, but ABC/Dot -- apparently lacking enough material to assemble an entire package of unused cuts -- dipped into Craddock's catalog for material dating as far back as 1974, making the album a less than essential addition to his discography.

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