Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Many of his most cherished hits are here: "I Can't Stop Loving You", "You Don't Know Me", "Born to Lose", and more, plus this CD features three bonus tracks, which were also charted classics: "You Are My Sunshine", "Here We Go Again", and "That Lucky Old Sun". And although "Georgia On my Mind" would have been an excellent additional bonus track, fitting for this collection, you will find that in his box set once you're ready to commit to that purchase. Although, his five disc box set "Genius and Soul" is a great collection, for those of you who are, only now, interested in hearing what Ray Charles has done for pop music, pick up this CD of "Modern Sounds...". Sure, you may want to get one of his many greatest hits CD's that are available. But, you may want to get his box set afterwards while still wanting to keep this one landmark album.
Yes, I am saddened that Ray Charles has passed on. I feel somber just as we all did when Elvis Presley passed away.Read more ›
Yet the record itself is not strictly a crossing between R&B and Country. Ray chose the Big Band approach to the songs. His take of Country was more the classic American Songbook view. Ray was not new to Jazz, having recorded in the medium before. Back at Atlantic he worked with parts of the Basie Orchestra and Quincy Jones on Jazz Standards. So he felt quite at ease here. He wasn't new to Country either. He'd grown up with the Grand Ole Opry shows on the radio and allegedly worked as a piano played in Hill Billy bands down south. His comfort with both styles shines through on this record. Here Charles reworks Hank Williams and Don Gibson classics as You Win Again and I Can't Stop Loving You and creates new rules in the process.
A couple years down the line the mixture of Black and White music would become very common.Read more ›
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I had this album back in the sixties and I wore it out on my Hi-Fi. I understand this this was Ray's best selling album and it deserves the honor and so does he. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Frederick Sanborn
Of course, this is a must own for any serious student of music, a profound leap in its day, one that pays off in every way. Essential.Published 1 month ago by Daniel W. Bleier
This in my opinion has always been Ray's best album. I owned this on vinyl many years ago. Buy it. Put it in your car and enjoy.
This CD is an easy five stars.
Less modern for its country-R&B blend (Elvis Presley and company did it in 1955) and lushly produced C&W tone (the Nashville sound cropped up in the late '50s) than for its place... Read morePublished 2 months ago by HH
Let me preface this review by saying that the material on this disc is 5-star. It is hands down one of my favorite Ray Charles records. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lindsey
I have loved this album for years, but gave up my LP version when I downsized. Had to have it back - so I bot another copy.Published 4 months ago by John in KC