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Behind Closed Doors (Exp)
Genres: Country, Pop
Within the Nashville of the early 1970s, Charlie Rich's talent was a given. His blues-drenched vocals, jazzy piano work, and moody intimacy reflected a raw integrity that no one could sell to the mainstream. That changed i... more »
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Within the Nashville of the early 1970s, Charlie Rich's talent was a given. His blues-drenched vocals, jazzy piano work, and moody intimacy reflected a raw integrity that no one could sell to the mainstream. That changed in 1973, when the singles "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl" made him a household name, as did this album. But at that time, many longtime fans viewed the "new" Charlie Rich warily; their fear was that mass success came at a cost. The songs were undeniably more commercial, and his Epic producer Billy Sherrill shifted his sound to one clearly aimed at a broader audience. However, in 2001, the arguments and concerns seem moot. By and large, this music holds up, particularly compared to many of Rich's later, less substantive lightweight efforts. "I Take It On Home," for example, is as fine and funky a number as anything he recorded. Moreover, this excellent reissue highlights the contrasts in the Epic years by appending four pre-"Closed Doors" tracks, among them the magnificent "Ruby, You're Warm" and the majestic honky-tonker "Mama, Take Me Home." Decide for yourself. --Rich Kienzle
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"When the original LP Behind Closed Doors (tracks 1 to 11) came out in 1973 on Epic 32247 it rose to # 8 on album charts and soon received Gold certification, eventually reaching Platinum in November 1986 as sales remained steady throughout the years. This CD version, which was released in 2001, added four bonus tracks, with excellent sound reproduction, the original album sleeve notes written by Bob Tubert, a new introductory note written by Raul Malo in July 2000, and three new background pages from Chet Flippo, written in October 2000.
This is one of those gems that graced the musical library of just about every Charlie Rich fan 35 years ago, and should be a welcome addition to anyone's collection, whether a fan of Country or not because, if there was one thing they could never do with The Silver Fox was pigeon-hole him in any one category.
On the Billboard Pop Hot 100 charts his music appeared 13 times from 1960 to 1976, including the # 1 The Most Beautiful Girl in the fall of 1973, which also just happened to hit # 1 on both the Adult Contemporary (AC) AND the Country charts. The AC charts are dotted with 16 more of his songs, including three more # 1 hits - A Very Special Love Song, I Love My Friend, and Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High). As for the Country listings, there he registered 45 hits from 1968 to 1981, including NINE # 1's, seven more Top 10's and another ten Top 30s. Then, of course, there are the many fine albums.
On his induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1993, Willie Nelson quipped "I always thought you had to die to get in here." Well, here we are some 13 years after Charlie's untimely death at age 62 on July 25, 1995, STILL waiting for him to be honoured by those supercilious twits."