Lonely Weekends: The Best of the Sun Years, 1958-1962 [Bear Family]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of all the acts that came out of Sun Studios in the '50s and early '60s, from Howlin' Wolf to Elvis, from Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis to Carl Perkins and Bill Justis, none was more musically sophisticated and diverse in his writing, arranging, and performing than Charlie Rich. That's right, the same guy who had hits with "Behind Closed Doors," and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World." Rich was equally adept at recording rockabilly, blues, R&B, jazz, country, gospel, and everything in between. This three-disc set of his years with Sun, from 1958-1962, point to that in a big way, that Rich was pretty much fully formed and wildly adventurous often to the chagrin of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of all the acts that came out of Sun Studios in the '50s and early '60s, from Howlin' Wolf to Elvis, from Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis to Carl Perkins and Bill Justis, none was more musically sophisticated and diverse in his writing, arranging, and performing than Charlie Rich. That's right, the same guy who had hits with "Behind Closed Doors," and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World." Rich was equally adept at recording rockabilly, blues, R&B, jazz, country, gospel, and everything in between. This three-disc set of his years with Sun, from 1958-1962, point to that in a big way, that Rich was pretty much fully formed and wildly adventurous often to the chagrin of Sam Phillips when he began recording for the Memphis label. Reissued by the venerable Bear Family, this collection contains a whopping 95 cuts over three discs, and three solid sets of liners by Colin Escott, Richard Weize, and Hank Davis. Some of the players include Scotty Moore, James Wilkerson, Al Jackson, Jr., Billy Riley, and Lewis. Besides Phillips, Cowboy Jack Clement, Justis and Rich acted as producers. The material includes all the hits, most of which were regional and jukebox smashes rather than bona fide, nationwide radio successes, but that was the America's loss. In England they got it. From the originals "Lonely Weekends," "Sittin and Thinkin," the Justis written, Fats Domino inspired "Rebound," the Holmes Daylie "Juice Head Baby" and more Rich tunes than you can shake a stick at. There are the great blues of "Baby I Need You" and "Ain't It a Shame," and rockers like "Popcorn Polly," with an interesting Alvin & the Chipmunks backing vocal, "Philadelphia Baby," "Red Man," and the wild "Break Up"/" Rich's piano work is astounding, his singing excellent, and his phrasing trademark. He could imitate like most performers, but Rich's writing is what kept him around Sun for such a long time. He racked up hits for other artists by the dozens, but success in the big time was to elude him until his brief moment the mid-'70s with his big country hits. And even those albums have their quirks and double-take moments. The sound on this collection is righteous, and it's so exhaustive it contains many alternate masters, undubbed originals, demos and alternate takes. It's not cheap, but for any serious Rich fan -- and you all should be -- this is a necessity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1998
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051615222
  • Catalog Number: 16152

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whirlwind (2:09)
  2. 2 Philadelphia Baby (2:02)
  3. 3 Big Man (2:44)
  4. 4 Rebound (1:52)
  5. 5 Everything I Do Is Wrong (2:17)
  6. 6 Lonely Weekends (2:08)
  7. 7 School Days (2:31)
  8. 8 Gonna Be Waitin' (2:24)
  9. 9 Stay (2:55)
  10. 10 On My Knees (2:31)
  11. 11 Who Will the Next Fool Be? (2:24)
  12. 12 Caught in the Middle (2:36)
  13. 13 It's Too Late (2:41)
  14. 14 Just a Little Bit Sweet (2:36)
  15. 15 Midnight Blues (2:56)
  16. 16 Easy Money (2:54)
  17. 17 Sittin' and Thinkin' (3:05)
  18. 18 Finally Found Out (2:20)
  19. 19 There's Another Place I Can't Go (2:39)
  20. 20 I Need Your Love (2:22)
  21. 21 Red Man (2:16)
  22. 22 Juanita (2:53)
  23. 23 Break Up (2:30)
  24. 24 That's How Much I Love You (2:15)
  25. 25 Apple Blossom Time (2:52)
  26. 26 C.C. Rider (2:28)
  27. 27 Come Back (2:14)
  28. 28 Sad News (2:11)
  29. 29 Whirlwind (2:08)
  30. 30 It's Too Late (2:40)
  31. 31 School Days (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rebound (Intro) (0:45)
  2. 2 Rebound, No. 2 (2:01)
  3. 3 Time and Again (3:08)
  4. 4 Stop Thief (2:08)
  5. 5 Lonely Hurt Within (2:42)
  6. 6 Big Man (2:47)
  7. 7 Stay (3:18)
  8. 8 Goodbye Mary Ann (2:19)
  9. 9 My Heart Cries for You (2:45)
  10. 10 Unchained Melody (2:39)
  11. 11 Lonely Weekends (2:03)
  12. 12 Sail Away (2:25)
  13. 13 My Baby Done Left Me (2:15)
  14. 14 That's Rich (2:03)
  15. 15 Everything I Do Is Wrong (2:18)
  16. 16 Too Many Tears (2:29)
  17. 17 Rebound, No. 2 (1:52)
  18. 18 I've Lost My Heart to You (3:10)
  19. 19 What's My Name (2:18)
  20. 20 You Made a Hit (1:56)
  21. 21 Stay (2:10)
  22. 22 Now Everybody Knows (2:16)
  23. 23 I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair (2:04)
  24. 24 Everyday (2:12)
  25. 25 Popcorn Polly (2:28)
  26. 26 Cloud Nine (2:19)
  27. 27 Gentle as a Lamb (2:48)
  28. 28 The Wedding's Over (2:36)
  29. 29 I Need Your Love (3:12)
  30. 30 Lonely Weekends (2:06)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Little Woman Friend of Mine (0:32)
  2. 2 Little Woman Friend of Mine (1:59)
  3. 3 Ain't It a Shame (2:22)
  4. 4 Stop Fakin' Your Love (2:03)
  5. 5 It Hurt Me So (2:35)
  6. 6 Juice Head Baby (1:07)
  7. 7 The Loneliest Days (2:10)
  8. 8 Baby I Need You (1:40)
  9. 9 I Said Baby (2:34)
  10. 10 Give In (1:48)
  11. 11 There Won't Be Anymore (2:42)
  12. 12 Charlie's Boogie (1:29)
  13. 13 Every Day (2:07)
  14. 14 Yes Ma'am (2:19)
  15. 15 Don't Put No Headstone on My Grave (4:18)
  16. 16 My Baby Done Left Me (2:48)
  17. 17 Sail Away (1:49)
  18. 18 Graveyardville (2:12)
  19. 19 Time's A-Wasting (1:57)
  20. 20 I Love No One But You (1:59)
  21. 21 The Ways of a Woman in Love (1:22)
  22. 22 Deep Freeze (1:43)
  23. 23 How Blue Can You Be (1:33)
  24. 24 Blue Suede Shoes (1:04)
  25. 25 Sittin' and Thinkin' (2:27)
  26. 26 [Untitled Instrumental Track] (1:56)
  27. 27 Thanks a Lot (1:55)
  28. 28 Right Behind You Baby (1:58)
  29. 29 Baby I Need You (1:32)
  30. 30 Oh Lonely Days (2:47)
  31. 31 Life Is a Flower (1:22)
  32. 32 Portrait of My Love (1:31)
  33. 33 I'm Making Plans (2:12)
  34. 34 Donna Lee (1:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Rich Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Jerry Lee Lewis Vocals
Scotty Moore Guitar
Will Ackerman Organ
Brenton Banks Violin
Eddie Bush Guitar
Solie Fott Violin
Lillian Hunt Violin
Floyd Newman Alto Saxophone
Billy Lee Riley Bass, Harmonica
Brad Suggs Guitar
Jerry Tuttle Organ
J.M. Van Eaton Drums
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Sid Manker Guitar
Martin Willis Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kelton Herston Guitar
Margaret Ann Rich Vocal Harmony
Alex Garland Guitar
James Wilkerson Drums
Sidney Maker Guitar
Cecil Lee Tanner Violin
Technical Credits
Charlie Rich Composer, Producer
Hank Davis Liner Notes, Photo Illustration, Tape Research
Chuck Willis Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Bill Justis Composer, Producer
Scotty Moore Producer
Jack Clement Producer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Photo Illustration
Tom Moulton Mastering, Tape Research
Frederick Tobias Composer
Sam Phillips Producer
Don Bowman Composer
Lee Pockriss Composer
Martin Hawkins Liner Notes
R.A. Andreas Photo Illustration
Richard Weize Liner Notes
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Margaret Ann Rich Photo Illustration
Holmes Daylie Composer
Gus Edwards Composer
Dale Fox Composer
Will D. Cobb Composer
David Kelly Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A nit-picker's paradise

    It seems almost churlish to quibble at this, the most comprehensive compilation of Charlie's Sun period - but I do wish purists and smart-alecks would stop tampering with Charlie's recordings and let them speak for him!

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