Ain't It Fine

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is a pleasing collection of mid-tempo country music, with occasional digressions into rock & roll, built around the relatively mild-pitched persona of Dave Rich, a singer who, by his own admission, has relatively little stake in either genre. "I'm Glad" might have the feel of jaunty, honky tonk-style country, and "Ain't It Fine" has a good country-flavored rock & roll tune, but the boy's heart -- and he was only 18 when some of these sides were cut -- was directed to a higher calling, to preaching the gospel. Perhaps that's why -- when coupled with his slightly high-register country tenor like Webb Pierce, the material here seems so unthreatening, even at its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is a pleasing collection of mid-tempo country music, with occasional digressions into rock & roll, built around the relatively mild-pitched persona of Dave Rich, a singer who, by his own admission, has relatively little stake in either genre. "I'm Glad" might have the feel of jaunty, honky tonk-style country, and "Ain't It Fine" has a good country-flavored rock & roll tune, but the boy's heart -- and he was only 18 when some of these sides were cut -- was directed to a higher calling, to preaching the gospel. Perhaps that's why -- when coupled with his slightly high-register country tenor like Webb Pierce, the material here seems so unthreatening, even at its jauntiest and quickest tempo. A lot of what's here is beautiful -- "City Lights," one of the few non-originals authored by Bill Anderson, should have been a major country hit, and seems to capture the contradictions in his heart over where he was heading with his music; at the same time, "Rosie, Let's Get Cozy" is as smooth and unthreateningly suggestive a rock & roll number as you could find, with a great beat and feel; "School Blues" is a jaunty, enjoyable, and memorable account of teen life; and "Red Sweater" and "Burn On Love" are both achingly beautiful rhythm ballads, particularly the latter -- all are originals that suggest to the listener that if he hadn't pursued recording, Rich could easily have made it as a songwriter, selling his stuff to the Everly Brothers. Even the bluesy, slightly raunchy "Chicken House" works well, and ought to have given Rich a foothold on musical immortality. Although some of the sessions are uncredited as far as who is playing, a lot of what's here features Chet Atkins, Grady Martin, Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland, and Jerry Byrd, so it's a given that the playing is impeccable and inventive throughout. The sound quality is excellent, and Colin Escott's annotation is very thorough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127157638
  • Catalog Number: 15763
  • Sales rank: 187,911

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Rich Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Chet Atkins Rhythm Guitar
Floyd Cramer Organ, Piano, Choir, Chorus
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin Guitar
Ray Edenton Guitar
Clarence Hanks Steel Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
Bob Moore Bass
"Papa" John Gordy Piano
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Producer
Carl Belew Composer
Colin Escott Biographical Information
Steve Sholes Producer
Dave Young Mastering
Bruce Hailstalk Tape Research
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Gerd Weiler Artwork
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Kenny Sowder Composer
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