Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music, Vols. 1 & 2 Original recording remastered, Import
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Having been a country music fan since his youth, Charles evidently didn't hear any line that would separate him from the Nashville songbook. His recording supervisor, Sid Feller, was tasked with gathering songs, and ABC, thinking the whole ideas was a lark, left the pair alone to follow Charles' muse. The album spun off four hit singles, including a chart-topping remake of Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You" and a heartbreaking cover of Cindy Walker's "You Don't Know Me" that fell just one rung shy of the top. Marty Paich's strings brilliantly underline and shadow Charles' vocals, adding atmosphere without ever intruding or overwhelming the singer or the song.Read more ›
"Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" went on to spend 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 "Pop Albums" chart, and four of its singles also charted, including "I Can't Stop Loving You" that reached #1 on the Hot 100 "Pop Singles" chart, as well as peaking at #1 on the Black Singles and Easy Listening charts. (It's worth noting that "I Can't Stop Loving You" was the second-to-last track on the B-side, the traditional spot for a throw-away song. There were no throw-aways on this album.)
The influence of the album has been both broad and deep. It is widely credited with re-vitalizing the ailing Country Music genre, which had been losing ground to Rock and Roll since the mid '50s. But even more astonishing was the influence it had on the civil rights movement. The album gained widespread sales and airplay throughout the south and had lasting impact on the production and performance of Country music. In 2004 music journalist Robert Christgau wrote, "Charles's down-home diction, cotton-field grit, corn-pone humor and overstated shows of emotion [became] standard operating procedure in American music, black and white." After Charles' death in 2004, Rolling Stone wrote, "Ray Charles made it acceptable for black people to sing country & western music, in the process doing almost as much to break down racial barriers as did the civil-rights movement.Read more ›
"Bye Bye Love" is dynamic and Ray bats this straight out of the ballpark with a flawless musical arrangement. This is one awesome starting number for this CD! Other numbers that shine bright would have to include "You Don't Know Me" with that incredible arrangement while Ray sings this to perfection--and beyond; "Half As Much" with that incredibly sophisticated sound; the energetic "Just A Little Lovin'" with its fine drums and percussion; "Born To Lose" which was one of Ray's best known hits; "It Makes No Difference Now" showcasing Ray's incredible sense of timing; "You Win Again" with those fantastic strings and that chorus backing up Ray; the poignant "Careless Love;" "I Can't Stop Loving You" which is another of Ray's best known hits; "You Are My Sunshine" with a very creative arrangement that Ray aces as effortlessly as if it were mere breathing; "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles" with Ray handling complex tempo and key changes like the pro he was and always will be; "Take These Chains From My Heart" which features Ray squarely front and center as he sings this beautifully; "Your Cheating Heart" with Ray's excellent diction bolstering his performance and "Hang Your Head In Shame" which ends the CD leaving me wanting more.
It's no secret that Ray Charles was a giant amongst giants; he will never be forgotten. I'll treasure this album for years to come; it's a great Ray Charles album and it's a fine CD to add to your collection.
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Great service and the recording was as described, what an injection of nostalgia... brings back many memories.Published 29 days ago by Lindsey C.
The best years for Ray Charles music was the early and mid 60's and these two big seller albums of that time prove it!!Published 1 month ago by D. J. Ryan