Tuesday, February 22, 2011

...from Mark #2 - Charlie Rich - A Part Of Your Life/How Long Have You Had Him On Your Mind? (1971)

There's not too much you can be certain of in life but one fact will remain forever true, Charlie Rich is a genius, and trust no man who even momentarily thinks otherwise.  Master of all trades, jack of none, Rich recorded masterfully in every style he turned his hand to, rock and roll, blues, jazz, gospel, soul, country, even northern soul. For some reason this particular beauty is almost impossible to find on CD, in fact it appears it's only available on a rather shoddy 3CD budget set, but it remains a high point in a career that had little else.  For a relatively obscure 45 from 1971, the B-side's also better than most people’s entire artistic careers.

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