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It Ain't Gonna Be That Way
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Album: It Ain't Gonna Be That Way: The Complete Smash Sessions
# Song Title   Time
1)    It Ain't Gonna Be That Way
2)    Party Girl
3)    That's My Way
4)    Just a Little Bit of You
5)    Something Just Came Over Me
6)    No Home
7)    I Can't Go On
8)    Dance of Love
9)    Mohair Sam
10)    Man About Town
11)    Everything I Do Is Wrong
12)    Have I Stayed Away Too Long
13)    Tears a Go-Go
14)    Best Years, The
15)    Field of Yellow Daisies, A
16)    So Long
17)    Just a Little Bit of Time
18)    Blowin' Town
19)    You Can Have Her
20)    I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
21)    Down and Out
22)    Let the Party Roll On
23)    When My Baby Comes Home
24)    She's a Yum Yum
25)    Double Dog Dare Me
26)    Moonshine Minnie
27)    Hawg Jaw
28)    Lonely Weekends
29)    Santa Claus' Daughter
 

Album: It Ain't Gonna Be That Way: The Complete Smash Sessions
# Song Title   Time
1)    It Ain't Gonna Be That Way
2)    Party Girl
3)    That's My Way
4)    Just a Little Bit of You
5)    Something Just Came Over Me
6)    No Home
7)    I Can't Go On
8)    Dance of Love
9)    Mohair Sam
10)    Man About Town
11)    Everything I Do Is Wrong
12)    Have I Stayed Away Too Long
13)    Tears a Go-Go
14)    Best Years, The
15)    Field of Yellow Daisies, A
16)    So Long
17)    Just a Little Bit of Time
18)    Blowin' Town
19)    You Can Have Her
20)    I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
21)    Down and Out
22)    Let the Party Roll On
23)    When My Baby Comes Home
24)    She's a Yum Yum
25)    Double Dog Dare Me
26)    Moonshine Minnie
27)    Hawg Jaw
28)    Lonely Weekends
29)    Santa Claus' Daughter
 
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  • Liner Note Author: Dean Rudland.
  • Charlie Rich's stretch at Smash arrived in the mid-'60s -- just after he spent a few years at RCA's Groove subsidiary and just before he signed with Epic, where he would finally find the commercial success that had eluded him. Such a description suggests Smash was merely a transitional phase for Rich, but Ace's 2011 set It Ain't Gonna Be That Way: The Complete Smash Sessions -- the latest and best retrospective of this material -- proves that this was a clear peak for Rich, possibly his richest blend of soul, country, blues, pop, and rock & roll. Rich always mined this vein but there's a stylish swing here that distinguishes the Smash sides from everything else he recorded. Here is Charlie Rich as a snappy uptown hipster, coolly riding the slinky R&B groove of "Mohair Sam," draping himself in fuzz guitars on "Let the Party Roll On," copping a bit of Bacharach's orchestral sweep on "It Ain't Gonna Be That Way," slyly ripping riffs from the Sir Douglas Quintet on "Just a Little Bit of You," shrugging with bemused self-effacement on "Everything I Do Is Wrong." Only occasionally does Rich dabble with country and when he does he ratchets up the R&B: "You Can Have Her" bounces like Ray Charles and "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water" flips Stonewall Jackson's dirge into a gospel thump. Elvis Presley, who recorded both of the preceding songs, learned several tricks from Charlie here but this is truly his own thing: there are no boundaries between styles or sounds -- it's smooth, soulful, and supple, from a master at the top of his game. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "His considerable skill as a jazz pianist dovetails with country templates to great effect on 'Tears A Go-Go' and 'Moonshine Minnie'..."
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