Charlie Rich

There Won't Be Anymore

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While the issue date on this album is 1974, the material was recorded much earlier during the RCA years, which dates it to the late '60s. With Chet Atkins listed as producer, the album was licensed to PowerPak originally, but when Behind Closed Doors broke, RCA put it out themselves a year later. The obvious cash-in factor aside, there's not a damn thing wrong with the material here. Recorded by famed Nash Vegas engineers Bill Porter and Chuck Seitz, these two cats understood Rich's subtleties and strengths. The songs range from countrypolitan to slightly more pop-oriented material, with Rich's gorgeous and fullest baritone voice that is reminiscent in places of Elvis Presley's at its level best. Side one has a couple of Rich classics in "I Don't See Me in Your Eyes Anymore," "Too Many Teardrops," and "Turn Around and Face Me." Side two boasts the title cut and "It's All Over Now," with that lazy honky tonk piano. "No Room to Dance" is a nod back to the Sun years with its teen idol melody and mariachi backing band, which makes the track surreal. "Nice 'n' Easy" sounds like it could have been produced by Lee Hazlewood, but Rich's own signature croon moves it nearly into Bacharach/David territory. Not a great record, but certainly a good one and worth it to anyone who is interested in Rich's pre-Columbia material.

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