Two 1962 albums.
Ray Charles virtually invented soul music by bringing together the fervor of gospel, the secular lyrics and narratives of blues and country, the big-band arrangements of jazz, and the rhythms and improvisational possibilities from all of them. His music was both sophisticated and spontaneous, and over the course of his 50-year career, Charles penned dozens of classic R&B and rock numbers.
Ray Charles surprised ABC-Paramount producer Sid Feller when he asked him to compile a set of country and western songs. However, now that we have a panorama of Charles’ whole career, it seems hardly surprising. Country and western, as well as jazz, the blues and all other American popular musical genres and subgenres were always part of the singer and pianist’s vast vocabulary. From New York City, Feller sent the recordings to Charles, who was living in California at the time, for him to choose.
Both volumes of the Country and Western set received warm reviews and escalated to the highest ranking positions. As his fifth LP release for ABC-Paramount, the first volume became a rapid critical and commercial success as it brought Ray Charles further mainstream notice, following his tenure for Atlantic Records. With the help of the album’s four charting singles, Charles earned recognition in the pop market, as well as airplay on both R&B and country radio stations
.‘Modern Sounds’ and its lead single, ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’, were both certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1962, as each record had shipped 500,000 copies in the United States.
Two LPs on one CD with one bonus track.
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’ 6. Born To Lose 7. Worried Mind 8. It Makes No Difference Now 9. You Win Again 10. Careless Love 11. I Can’t Stop Loving You 12. Hey, Good Lookin’ 13. You Are My Sunshine 14. No Letter Today 15. Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You) 16. Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles 17. Midnight 18. Oh, Lonesome Me 19. Take These Chains From My Heart 20. Your Cheating Heart 21. I’ll Never Stand In Your Way 22. Making Believe 23. Teardrops In My Heart 24. Hang Your Head In Shame 25. At The Club