There is a long history of pop and rock singers recording country albums and country singers recording pop and rock albums. Some work well, some don't, but the two country albums of Rick's, paired on this twofer, are among the best. At the time these recordings were made, a lot of country singers were restricted to doing so-called Nashvillr Sound records. Rick, being an outsider, was not restricted. He just recorded these albums for the sheer enjoyment of it - and it shows. Most of these songs are covers, although Rick wrote three of the songs himself (Salty dog, Alone, You just can't quit). The covers are not necessarily better than the originals (sometimes they are) but they are distinctive. The sources range from mainstream country to cajun, yet they are all done in a traditional country style, but without those Nashville Sound strings. An earlier reviewer claims that Lonesome whistle and Take these chains from my heart are hardly the most famous songs in the Hank Williams songbook. They may be less famous than (say) Jambalaya (which I'm sure Rick would have done brilliantly, had he recorded it) but Take these chains from my heart was a massive pop hit for Ray Charles and Lonesome whistle has been recorded by countless country singers over the years. Following these two albums, country fans would have been happy to accept Rick as one of their own (just as they accepted Jerry Lee Lewis), but perhaps Rick didn't want to commit himself. Nobody knows, nor ever will, as Rick is long gone. Enjoy this twofer - it not only shows Rick at his best, it also shows sixties country music at it's best. Then seek out one or more of Tracy Nelson's country album, Rhino's Jerry Lee Lewis anthology (All killer no filler), Buffy Sainte Marie's I'm gonna be a country girl again, and Nancy Sinatra's Country my way - all great examples of sixties country recorded by excellent singers who just visited the country (although Jerry Lee stayed for about ten years and Nancy recorded country songs on other albums).