Charlie Rich

Too Many Teardrops

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When Charlie Rich broke through in 1973 with "Behind Closed Doors," his former labels, RCA and Mercury, released a flurry of singles containing recordings from the mid-'60s, and they sold incredibly well, reaching number one on the country chart in some cases. Few country artists' decade-old recordings would still be so marketable, but Rich's soulful country sound was far enough ahead of its time to sound contemporary years later. Rich's RCA recordings lack the funkiness of the Smash recordings he made a couple of years later, and some of the arrangements are pure pop, but the quality is high throughout. The budget label Pickwick reissued nine of these old RCA cuts on the album Too Many Teardrops in 1975 while Rich was still a hot artist, and although none of his freak '70s hits are included, the package gives collectors an affordable opportunity to hear more music from Rich's RCA period without having to find the more collectible original albums from the '60s.