Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music LP
Integration of Soul & Country Music On Vinyl LP!
Regarded by many critics as Ray Charles's best studio album, Modern Sounds in
Country and Western Music is a landmark album in American music.
The album's integration of soul and country music bent racial barriers in
popular music, amid the height of the Civil Rights Movement. In the process of
recording the album, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians
to exercise complete artistic control over his own recording career.
"Ray Charles was an avowed fan of country music and felt he could add
something to the rootsy sound that he grew up with. So as his success was
heading towards its peak and his power in the industry grew, he took the daring
move to record 12 of his favorite country tunes, infusing them with the blues
and jazz swing he was already known for and exposing how all these genres were
influencing one another through the first half of the 20th century. The hit
album and its sequel have been in and out of print since their initial release
in 1962, with the most recent pressings arriving last month. And the first
volume (the only one we were sent to review) has a nice sheen to it. Bob
Fisher's remastering work is subtle, gently turning up the lights on Charles's
inimitable vocals and bringing the rhythm section further out of the shadows.
The ache of ballads like 'Born To Lose' and 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and the
winking joy of 'Bye Bye Love' are still present, protected behind glass. Fisher
just gives it once over with a fine chamois." - Paste Magazine
• Vinyl LP
1. Bye Bye Love
2. You Don't Know Me
3. Half As Much
4. I Love You So Much It Hurts
5. Just A Little Lovin' (Will Go A Long Way)
6. Born To Lose
1. Worried Mind
2. It Makes No Difference Now
3. You Win Again
4. Careless Love
5. I Can't Stop Loving You
6. Hey, Good Lookin'