Think of Set Me Free as Part I in a trilogy of
Charlie Richs most underappreciated country albums. Its an
intimate affair recorded for Epic in 1967-68 not long after Charlie was
signed by the man who had served as Sun Records Nashville studio
engineer, Billy Sherrill. Since leaving Sun, Charlie had bounced from
Groove to Smash to Hi in search of success to equal his staggering
talents. What he got with Set Me Free was a warm, intimate
recording that once again proved the elusiveness of popular success as
it caught the attention of critics. Among the gems are Margaret Ann Richs
melancholic "Thats The Day (You Said Youd Stop Loving Me),"
and a tender reprise of a little known 1940 song, "I Miss You So." Set
Me Free may not have achieved the enviable success for which they
both had hoped, but Charlie and Billy had taken a musically eclectic
step down a path that one day would climb to unthinkable heights.