Too Many Teardrops: The Complete Groove & RCA Recordings

Too Many Teardrops: The Complete Groove & RCA Recordings

by Charlie Rich



Charlie Rich signed to RCA once his contract with Sun expired in 1963. Sam Phillips didn't provide much oversight at Sun, a situation Chet Atkins was determined to fix at RCA. Atkins placed Rich at RCA's revived R&B-oriented imprint and had Charlie record his specialty -- a swinging, stylish hybrid of soul, jazz, country, pop, and rock & roll. A jumping cover of Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man" was released as the first single in late 1963, but it went nowhere, and neither did its breezy 1964 successor, "Nice and Easy," the lack of commercial success reflecting not the quality of the music but rather how difficult Rich was to market. Epic eventually cracked the formula in 1973, and once "The Most Beautiful Girl" turned Rich into a store, the floodgates broke, with RCA issuing decade-old recordings as new singles and having hits with them as well. This turned Rich's discography into a mess, and it only got worse over the years, with budget-line issues of the Groove/RCA sessions sitting alongside recyclings of Sun and Smash. Ace's 2018 double-disc compilation Too Many Teardrops: The Complete Groove & RCA Recordings tidies this clutter by providing a clean, comprehensive retrospective of everything Rich recorded between 1963 and 1965. Atkins allowed Rich to play a little bit of everything -- blues, gospel, old show tunes, mainstream pop, country, blues, and R&B -- and as Too Many Teardrops plays, it's hard not to marvel at how Rich synthesizes all these sounds with ease, creating a distinctive style of his own. His idiosyncratic flair is why his music didn't connect in the early '60s -- he's playing with modern sounds, but not following commercial conventions -- but it's also why this music sounds so good decades later. Occasionally, the material on Too Many Teardrops sounds a little slight -- this is especially true with regard to the pop material -- but Rich's performances never are. Here, it's possible to hear Rich's signature roots synthesis come into shape in a way it never quite did at Sun, and while that makes this historically significant, the real selling point of Too Many Teardrops is that the music is a pure pleasure, the sound of a master discovering his voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2018
Label: Ace Records Import
UPC: 0029667084826
catalogNumber: 1509

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Rich   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jimmy Reed   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Bill Justis   Composer
Freddie Hart   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Stan Kessler   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Vance   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Tony Rounce   Sessionography
Liz Anderson   Composer
Don Bowman   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Lewis Spence   Composer
Benny Joy   Composer
Will Grosz   Composer
Bob Stanley   Liner Notes
Gerald Nelson   Composer
Willis Williams   Composer
Ira J. Lichtermann   Composer
Braggs   Composer
Fred B. Burch   Composer
Lowell Foster   Composer
Harold Bowen   Composer
Donnie McMillian   Composer
Margaret Rich   Composer

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