Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Charlie Rich- You Don't Know Me


Many music fans are in a dither about The Definitive 200 list of albums. They fail to understand that the campaign is a music industry promotion. The tag line "Where would you be without them?" isn't directed at consumers; it's aimed at retail. Without monstrous smashes like Thriller or Rumours stores might not have prospered in the '70s and '80s. Nonetheless, I belong to a group made up mostly of area industry veterans, and we're compiling our own list.
I'm struggling with my desire to load my ballot with lost gems like
the out-of-print Pictures and Paintings. Recorded shortly before the Silver Fox's death, it's a magnificent summation of Rich's life and career. For each album like this, however, I'd be forced to omit a stone cold classic like Exile On Main Street, Catch a Fire or Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Kansas City Click: Brilliant Minneapolis pop band The Honeydogs stop at The Hurricane tonight on their way to SXSW.

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