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Ray Charles|Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vols 1 & 2

Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vols 1 & 2

Ray Charles

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Blessed with an intuitive genius that illuminated his entire career, Ray Charles sensed that country music and the blues had a common soul that he could touch with his expressive voice and natural gifts for phrasing. Having left Atlantic Records for the ABC label where he was guaranteed artistic freedom, Charles decided to step through the looking glass; in the middle of the civil rights movement he turned country music into lush, R&B-influenced 60s pop, blurring racial and artistic barriers in the process. As proof of his success, the single, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (written by white country star Don Gibson) spent five weeks at #1 on the pop charts and sixteen weeks at #1 on the R&B charts before winning the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.  As fresh today as when they were recorded, no context is required to appreciate these sublime tracks, which have now been combined into a single package.  Charles knew a hit song when he heard it and he convincingly transformed a well-known track like Hank Williams’ “Your Cheating Heart” into a sweet, sexy ballad that seems as right as the original.  For instrumental backup, Charles used two modes: strings and vocal choir by arranger Marty Paich for ballads like “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and punchier swing band arrangements by famed composer/arranger Gerald Wilson for tracks like “Hey Good Lookin’.” While a snappy, brass-led version of Williams’ “Move it Over” is a revelation, the utterly transformative version of one of country music’s most storied touchstones, “You Are My Sunshine,” featuring Charles in full Atlantic-era R&B mode—complete with Raelettes—is spectacular.  One of the finest moments in an acclaimed career, the expansive vision and charismatic vocals heard here are still breathtaking. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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Ray Charles

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1
Bye Bye Love
00:02:12

Felice Bryant, ComposerLyricist - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Boudleaux Bryant, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

2
You Don't Know Me
00:03:16

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Cindy Walker, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Arnold, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

3
Half As Much
00:03:28

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Curley Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

4
I Love You So Much It Hurts
00:03:36

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Floyd Tillman, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

5
Just A Little Lovin’ (Will Go A Long Way)
00:03:30

Zeke Clements, ComposerLyricist - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Eddy Arnold, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

6
Born To Lose
00:03:21

Sid Feller, Producer - Frankie Brown, ComposerLyricist - Ray Charles, MainArtist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

7
Worried Mind
00:02:56

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Buddy Guy, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

8
It Makes No Difference Now
00:03:34

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Jimmie Davis, ComposerLyricist - Floyd Tillman, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

9
You Win Again
00:03:33

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Hank Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

10
Careless Love
00:04:01

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - W. C. Handy, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

11
I Can't Stop Loving You
00:04:16

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

12
Hey, Good Lookin'
00:02:11

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Hank Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

DISC 2

1
You Are My Sunshine
00:02:58

Charles Mitchell, ComposerLyricist - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Jimmie Davis, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

2
No Letter Today
00:03:01

Sid Feller, Producer - Frankie Brown, ComposerLyricist - Ray Charles, MainArtist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

3
Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You)
00:02:40

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Jimmie S. James Hodges, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

4
Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
00:02:07

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

5
Midnight
00:03:17

Sid Feller, Producer - Chester Atkins, ComposerLyricist - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Boudleaux Bryant, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

6
Oh, Lonesome Me
00:02:10

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

7
Take These Chains From My Heart
00:02:56

Hy Heath, ComposerLyricist - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - FRED ROSE, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

8
Your Cheatin' Heart
00:03:35

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Hank Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

9
I'll Never Stand In Your Way
00:02:19

Hy Heath, ComposerLyricist - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - FRED ROSE, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

10
Making Believe
00:02:52

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Lillian Schwope, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

11
Teardrops In My Heart
00:03:03

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Vaughn Horton, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

12
Hang Your Head In Shame
00:03:14

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Steve Nelson, ComposerLyricist - FRED ROSE, ComposerLyricist - ED NELSON, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

Album review

Blessed with an intuitive genius that illuminated his entire career, Ray Charles sensed that country music and the blues had a common soul that he could touch with his expressive voice and natural gifts for phrasing. Having left Atlantic Records for the ABC label where he was guaranteed artistic freedom, Charles decided to step through the looking glass; in the middle of the civil rights movement he turned country music into lush, R&B-influenced 60s pop, blurring racial and artistic barriers in the process. As proof of his success, the single, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (written by white country star Don Gibson) spent five weeks at #1 on the pop charts and sixteen weeks at #1 on the R&B charts before winning the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.  As fresh today as when they were recorded, no context is required to appreciate these sublime tracks, which have now been combined into a single package.  Charles knew a hit song when he heard it and he convincingly transformed a well-known track like Hank Williams’ “Your Cheating Heart” into a sweet, sexy ballad that seems as right as the original.  For instrumental backup, Charles used two modes: strings and vocal choir by arranger Marty Paich for ballads like “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and punchier swing band arrangements by famed composer/arranger Gerald Wilson for tracks like “Hey Good Lookin’.” While a snappy, brass-led version of Williams’ “Move it Over” is a revelation, the utterly transformative version of one of country music’s most storied touchstones, “You Are My Sunshine,” featuring Charles in full Atlantic-era R&B mode—complete with Raelettes—is spectacular.  One of the finest moments in an acclaimed career, the expansive vision and charismatic vocals heard here are still breathtaking. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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