Big Boss Man is the one Charlie Rich CD that
comfortably resides in the PopRockCountryR&B section of your local
music store. Okay, so it doesnt fit nicely in any category. Isnt
that the beauty of Charlie Rich? Upon leaving Sun Records in the
early 1960s, Charlie landed at RCAs Groove subsidiary where
he turned out a number of minor classics. The propulsive "Big Boss Man"
is as fine a song as any hes recorded, while "River Stay Away From
My Door" has a loungey insouciance thats nigh impossible to resist.
The Rich standards "Let Me Go My Merry Way," a passionate appeal in
blues, and the countrified "The Grass Is Always Greener" also make
their first appearance. The most surprising cut is Charlies take on
"Ol Man River," on which Charlies swinging vocals upstage any
broadway version youre likely to have heard. Also included on the CD
are five bonus tracks. It all adds up to an essential CD in the Charlie