Another collection of minor miracles. If Set Me Free
is the first in a trilogy of great pre-"Behind Closed Doors" albums
recorded by Charlie Rich for Epic, then The Fabulous Charlie
Rich confirms the growing magic between Charlie and his biggest
Nashville fan, producer Billy Sherrill. It should come as no surprise to
anyone familiar with Charlie and his wife Margaret Anns songwriting
gifts that the two strongest songs on the album come from their pens.
Both songs seem largely autobiographical. Margaret Anns "Lifes
Little Ups and Downs" parallels the roller coaster course of Charlies
career and reflects how it may have affected them emotionally, delivered
by Charlie with heartfelt conviction. Charlies own "Sittin and
Thinkin" is gut-honest; its amazing that he was courageous
enough to include the personal confession, "I got loaded last night on
a bottle of gin ... the same things gonna happen again."
Unfortunately, the album didnt register with the masses. Perhaps his
next album would be the one to break out.