Ain't It Fine

Ain't It Fine

by Dave RichDave Rich


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127157638
catalogNumber: 15763

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
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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