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Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

Ray Charles

1962

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Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

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3.51

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When I was much younger, I remember encountering an album entitled "The Shape of Punk to Come" by Refused and thinking, "Boy, they sure think a lot of themselves. That might be the ballsiest album title I've ever heard." Well, it turns out Ray Charles beat them to it. A black man in '62 claiming he's got the key to modern Country & Western was all balls. He backs it up with this album, though. It's real damn good. It's clearly country but also clearly not. The combination of styles coupled with his clear appreciation for the source material make it really hard to deny how damn good the album is. I mean, I don't even like country and I'm digging this record. I can see why it has been hailed as not just a great album but for breaking down racial walls in the music industry.

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We get these songs produced so slickly, with such stereotypically grand string and horn arrangements, that the connection to the titular country and western music is subtle. I enjoyed the sharing of vocal duties at points. If it weren't for the title and historical context, I wouldn't have picked up on the source of the material until You Are My Sunshine. Charles's voice is the standout stylistic feature as he blends perfectly with the production and delivers the lyrics comfortably.

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Damn awesome execution of this idea. Ray Charles voice is timeless, and though some of the strings and background vocals are a bit overdone, the blues approach to country/western is very cool.

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I get the premise of the album and appreciate its importance to the genre. It's also always a pleasure to listen to Ray Charles. That said, this album is very much of another time and some listeners will find it drags, especially in the middle. The best part about the album is Charles himself. His vocals are perfect as is his piano playing. Unfortunately, the big band horn and string arrangements and old backup vocals feel more than a little dated. I enjoyed the back end of the album best, like from "It Makes No Difference Now" to the end. "Careless Love" and "You Win Again" are flawless and "I Can't Stop Loving You" is a classic. Fave songs: You Win Again, Careless Love, You Don't Know Me

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5

So much orchestra. More of this in the world please

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5

One of the best albums of all time. Period.

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5

The upbeat songs make me want to dance, and the slower ones have such an old school Disney vibe between the strings and the choir. Really into this. And the cultural importance of the album truly solidified the 5 for me

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genius, pure & Simple

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Iconic and nothing less.

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Very nice

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I love stuff like this. Always been a big fan of the singers of the 50s and 60s. Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. This might just be another 5 for me. It gets a little samey, especially in terms of lyrics, after the 1 hour-mark, but the thing is that it's good music so it doesen't really matter.

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Beautiful songs, beautiful voice, beautiful arrangements!

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5

Pretty great. Didn't get a chance to listen to all of it, but will definitely go back.

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One of the great cross genre records

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10/10 Ray Charles is the GOAT it had such a fun, warm sound hearing those songs bring such a calming but happy atmosphere

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love Ray Charles!

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So, so good.

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GOAT

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Wow! What can I say?! It’s Ray Charles! Music doesn’t get any better than this! An absolute gem!

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The incredible thing about this album is the fact that you cannot tell that these songs were originally country songs. I'm not sure if it's intended, but this album is a testament to the fact that genre is something to be transcended. People often define their musical tastes by genre, and this album subverts that assumption completely. As someone who enjoys country music, jazz, and R&B, this album is a celebration of music period. This album is very deserving of the praise it gets.

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So so soulful yet precise. True synthesis of great American art forms.

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Great album, with great sounds and incredible balades

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Delicious

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I just knew I was going to like a guy when it he played this album on vinyl the first time I went over to his house. Sigh, Ray Charles makes everything good, better.

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I knew who Ray Charles was of course, but I don't think I knew what to expect of his music. It's much jazzier (and less country than the title lead me to believe). Love the snazzy horn section.

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Qué disco tan más a gusto. De inicio no tenía idea de que fueran puros covers, e incluso de las rolas que identifiqué, llegué a pensar que era al revés y la versión de Ray era la original. De cualquier manera, me encantan los arreglos que hizo Ray en casi todas las canciones y quizá ya luego con más tiempo me gustaría escuchar las originales y comparar. Por otro lado, la parte que no me encanta son los arreglos de voces exageradamente melosos en algunas de las canciones.

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No sé si lo hizo a propósito pero hay una rola movida y una calmada intercaladas en todo el disco. Que se le puede reprochar a este señor? Darse el lujo de hacer un doble de covers y reinventarnos

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That was well good

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3.5 | Es muy posible que le pierda mucho a poder apreciar este disco debido a que casi todos son estándares principalmente de country que yo realmente no conozco (solo conocía bien Hey Good Looking). Pareciera más que fue un disco que es importante porque fue lo que le dio a Ray Charles el éxito masivo con la gente blanca tal como ya lo tenía con la gente negra (lo cual es más impresionante cuando recordamos que en ese momento seguimos enfrascados a mitad de lucha de derechos civiles en EE.UU.). Musicalmente el disco es muy bueno, bajando un poco el ritmo de lo que estaba acostumbrado casi todo el disco es de baladas, apenas con una canción con un sonido medio big band; a pesar de esto el disco no se siente cansado y la voz, el sentimiento y los arreglos son impecables. El disco obviamente es importante, las canciones muy bien hechas a pesar de que quizá soy más partidario de ese Ray Charles un poco más movido y mas... "comercial?" En algun momento decía Ray Charles que el blues y el country eran muy similares en su honestidad y en ser llanos de lenguaje y quizá hacer un disco de este tipo es un gran ejemplo de cuánta razón tenía.

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Christmas style strings. Beautiful instruments all around. And a voice that strikes so deeply. Not super substantial, but beautiful and easy to listen to.

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Ciezko o bardziej trafny tytul albumu, nie ma co wiecej pisac, bo wszystko co nalezy wiedziec o tej plycie jest juz zawarte na okladce

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Good music, great voice. The music does sound extremely old though and not all of it has aged particularly well. I enjoyed the "big sound" more swingy and soul-heavy tracks a lot more than the softer lounge-y or balladesque tracks. I won't actively listen to it again, but a good one-time experience.

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Short review well I wouldn’t normally chose a country and western album but Ray Charles at heart has a strong sense of being an R&B star. He is renowned for both his work in jazz and soul too so this album was a shot in the dark and the hybrid musical mastermind created a country record - but this was a success by every meaning of the word. I wouldn’t rush to listen again but you must respect this talent.

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Can see why it was called Modern Sounds, the big band feel, makes it bright, sharp and punchy. None of these tracks sound like Country and Western songs, so I'm assuming they are standards/classics in C&W which makes Charles reinterpretation of them so striking, he's placing a big band aesthetic over them, making them feel new and impactful. Charles has great phrasing, he can stretch and hold a note so well. Not many words in some of the lyrics, but he lets them float over the music. He also hold and bend notes so well, to fit to fill the phrasing and tempo of each song. More a fan of the uptempo numbers, but the slower ones show off the versatility of Ray’s voice/tone.

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THIS IS ABBA - REVIVAL

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Feels like some good old album, a banger for people that enjoy this genre. Not my style but I can appreciate the quality

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Yum.

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Incredibly enjoyable. I'd listened to some Ray Charles before, but the album is sonically very enjoyable - almost every song utilises backing singers in a really pleasing way!

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Really like this! Ray sounds great with a big band behind him. Great arrangements on some classic songs

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He's a genius. I love him. Great arrangements on some country songs. (8/10) Favourite Tracks: Careless Love, I Can't Stop Loving You, You Are My Sunshine

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Was a different take on Ray Charles, but I loved it nonetheless. Man was a national treasure.

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A really sweet, comfy album. Ray sounds amazing on this one!

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60's music is fantastic, and this one really delivers. It makes you feel what it wants you to feel. The orchestra was lively when it felt like it and somber when it wanted to make you feel nostalgic. My only gripe was that the songs could've been taken to more extremes - that is, the highs can be higher and the lows can be lower. Favorite track: I Love You So Much It Hurts

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What a fucking achievement this album was. Best track: Bye Bye Love

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Very enjoyable and easy listening. Nothing that stands out on this album, but solid all around.

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Ray Friggin Charles. Such a soulful voice. Digital remastered cleaned it up so nice.... 4 stars

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Lush - can hear how Amy was influenced

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I am a hugh Ray Charles fan so any time I have an opportunity to buy some of his music I jump at it. This two volume CD was everything I hoped for and more! The content is awsome and the quality of the CD, the case and art work was pristine. I plan to buy another one as a Christmas gift for one of my brothers who enjoys a good music CD as much as I do. Overall, the purchase of this CD was 10, I am very pleased with this purchase on all levels.

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Well..... The songs are little bit boring but Ray..... He is awesome. So chill

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Great LP! Had some of this on a charity shop cd I got recently Ray Charles greatest country and western hits…

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Love songs op jazz en R&B. Soms swingend en soms wiegend.

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Genius at work - great arrangements, fabulous band, and every vocal OWNS the song.

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Not my usual genres, but Ray Charles has a very smooth voice that can carry a song. Combined with smooth jazzy, country and pop instrumentals the whole collection is a friendly listen with short songs.

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// Favs: – Score: Light 4

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I feel I've undermarked this because it's an amazing album with a real crossover that paved the way for so much. But I can't help but feel Ray Charles is at his bets with blues. This whitebread album could easily be for Sinatra which I guess is the point. It opened doors and is very good. But you know he's got more in him.

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A near perfect dinner party album. I love the brassy big band arrangements, the lush string arrangements, not so much, but the fact that he makes it all work is a testament to his talent 4 stars

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An enlightening sound, though not what I’m accustomed to. Really good energy.

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If only we got country music like this nowadays instead of "Fancy Like"...

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Didn’t finish. Pretty good though

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great way to wind down at the end of the day, so easy to listen to

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Was nice!

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Enjoyed listening to this. Very calming bit upbeat

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Sunday vibes

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Good album, a little slow. Love Rays voice always

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Don't enjoy the string and choral arrangements, but his voice and piano and stunning.

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Sweet

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Gospodin 🎹😎

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Country drugi dan za redom. Moze ray, moze big band, daj reube daj signale. Super album, super pjesme, te ne smeta patetika u rijecima

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Really good listen to for a feelgood song, Ray Charles voice is pretty damn good and making me feel good

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I feel relaxed and happy because of ray's voice, despite the fact he's singing about losing a lover and wanting to die? I don't hear much western, but its got a healthy mix of country, swing, and blues - later note, maybe I'm thinking of the wild west genre and there was a different name for this that we either lost or changed? His voice is amazing and smooth Prime example of some of the best that the black community has brought to the table for music. Really genuine emotion in the singing I can't shake the feeling of christmas music in all of this...

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Ray Charles is timeless and classic. A great listen, but listening to this album in its entirety I realized most of his songs follow the same "I love you, you hurt me" motif and generally have the same sound and feel. The man definitely knew what he was about.

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8/10. This was quite good, a relisten might even bump up my score by one.

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7/10 enjoyable but nothing special

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Even though this isn’t the kind of music I normally listen to, I loved it! Especially the interesting arrangements for songs that I knew from elsewhere (I guess these are the country and western music songs the title refers to?). I’ll add that It’s gems such as this, about which existence I formerly wasn’t aware of, that brought me here. Pity these are so rare.

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Great

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ulubione you don't know me I love you so much it hurts just a little lovin' (will go a long way)

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so good.

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Pretty great

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8/10

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The songs seems sort of dated now but Ray Charles really knocks them out of the park anyway.

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This was a very nice album honestly. Wouldn't say many recognized hits though, save maybe for "I Can't Stop Loving You". 7/10.

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This is more poppy. More 50s pop, early 60s pop, right before the Beatles pop. Maybe it's this R&B kinda guy doing late 50s/early 60s pop music. This blind pianist with a soulful voice doing non-soulful versions of soulful country songs. It works.

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За ощущение, будто посмотрел "Том и Джерри", поставлю 4 звёздочки. Как фон для лакшери застолья пойдёт.

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Reminded me of times singing with my mum

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Very good.

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Classic Ray Charles. His voice is so emotive, and when he lets loose on the piano his note choice is immaculate. Probably the greatest album of this kind of tune.

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Innovative for the time, still sublime for any time, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music provided a blueprint that showcased that it was okay for black musicians to dip their toes in other facets of music, music that was (and, in some cases, still is) closed to them. And, as always, Ray Charles displays magnificent singing efforts towards some of the most melancholic material lain upon him and he does them justice. A recommended album for those who want to experience not just the brilliance of Ray but the often neglected stories in the songs.

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Doesn't this feel very distant from the modern renderings of country music, be it pop, outlaw or whatever stripe you care to name. Yet despite the lush arrangements and lack of shorthand country signifiers, this is a bold and interesting take on the genre. 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and 'Careless Love' are stupendous. Country music in a big band format? Works for me - especially when interpreted by Charles. Just a guy I love to hear sing!

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For me, this album highlighted the limitations of a one-day challenge and of a lot of online music writing, in which context is reduced to the decade of release, the instrumentation and the country of origin. I don't think that even the very best music can fully transcend the context in which it was made. I could say I liked it, but I don't think that's any more worthwhile than listicles that rank the Holy Bible as a Britpop album, or the 1001 Album Club podcast, which I gave up on after half an episode because they described Ian Dury as "British whimsy bullshit" that reminded them of a "more up-tempo Syd Barrett." This has sent me down a bit of a rabbit-hole, thinking about which aspects of culture we pass on, which we forget and why. I might like it even more if I understood it better, but I won't understand it without wider reading and listening into the social context, Ray's career to date and contemporary country, and I'm not sure I like it enough to make that commitment. But that's no criticism of Ray Charles; it's a ridiculously high bar for anyone to vault, and I appreciate there must be very good reasons that this music has lasted and will continue to last better than the vast majority of stuff I love.

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Really enjoyed this.

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I have always known of Ray Charles, as a legend and an icon of soul and other genres from the 50s onwards. When i hear his name i think of the Blues Brothers movie - i guess thats when i first heard of him. i didnt know this album. have enjoyed listening to it. When i started i assumed it was from the 1950s, but as it turns out it was 1962, which i guess means the music would have probably sounded like a collection if old classics. By a guy who has his own style and mood, it is not really my thing, kind of an old fashioned hollywood vibe. i guess to appreciate it it should be considered in its historical context, early 60s, civil rights movement era, yet mainly “ white” music by a pioneerning black blues / soul singer. i can see how it belongs in a list of albums to listen to before you die, but i dont see myself coming back and lisrening to it too often. Careless Love was a stand out to me for mood and feel. And You are My Sunshine more of a histroical artefact,

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Loved it

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First, stop and think about all the grief Lil Nas X got for doing country a couple of years ago. It wasn't even recognised as country till he got a cosign from Billie Ray Cyrus. Now consider that Ray Charles recorded this, against his labels wishes SIXTY YEARS AGO. Dude was brave or mad. It opens fun, with a song I know better by the Every brothers. His version is fun, especially as he waits a full minute before his beautiful voice jumps in. Maybe he wanted to give the racists a surprise! Then it pivots into the more mellow, sad, lovelorn side of country, and hits the right notes there too! It's all really good. It's rare I'm this hungry for more after an older album - but I was glad there was a second lp of this recorded!

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Billy Joel said it best about this album. A black man taking the whitest music and making it his own. It's easy to lose sight of what a big deal this was at the time, and a lot of these songs have become such Ray Charles standards that a listener might not appreciate the significance of its existence. Seeing the album title alone, you'd be forgiven in thinking this would be a country album. In that respect, I prefer Charlie Pride over this. But it's NOT a country album. Billy Joel was right: It's a Ray Charles album. Old Ray made sure of that.

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A true delight.

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I am not familiar with a lot of country music. This I can get used to.

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Rating: 7/10

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Liked this a lot more than I would. Nice chilled out background music.. had it on while going through work emails. Standout track is the cover of 'You Are My Sunshine"

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This is where classic swing, soul and blues meet. I liked this quite a bit more than I thought I would. Great arrangements with chorus and sweeping strings, yet with a melancholy undertone make for an irresistible mixture of music. 4/5

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Jazzy

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Ray Charles er æðsilegur söngvari og þessi production er mjög sjarmerandi, kántrí slagarar með heilmiklum strengjum og þykkum kórbakröddum. Þetta er ekki plata sem talar beinlínis til mín, en hún er mjög áheyrileg.

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Good stuff

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Just a good album start to finish.

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Some very engaging tracks . I love his voice

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What a gorgeous album. To say my usual of, "it blends [x] genres well," would be doing a disservice. It's amazing what Ray Charles is able to do here, between picking some real country weepers, changing them entirely, and keeping the soul of the songs. My only nitpick is the chorus: they're a little bland and sometimes bring down a song pretty heavily. Favorite tracks: "Half As Much", "Just a Little Lovin'", "Careless Love"

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J'ai bien aimé l"album, c'est très classique et les chansons sont super bien arrangés par Ray Charles, une légende. Cependant, ca manque un peude punch à la longue avec une durée de 1h15, ca tourne ne rond un peu vers la fin. 4*

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String arrangements are boss. I feel old to say this/think this, but pop songs used to be really complicated! I love that. Some still go to the trouble--like I've noticed on Silk Sonic's music-- but most do not. It's such a lovely pleasure to sit down with stuff like this. I can't say I prefer Charles' versions of anything over others, but they're all lovely and this gets plenty of bonus for breaking barriers.

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Loved this. Super solid and fun. Been a fan of Ray Charles for a long time.

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Gorgeous album, and I can understand why my dad calls contemporary music mere “noise.” This album breathes!

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Feels like the soundtrack to a Disney film, gentle, warming, but a powerful voice and I love it. "Just a Little Lovin'" my favourite track on the album.

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Hyvän fiiliksen levy

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Talented, yes. Kinda boring by today’s standards, also yes. Music from the 50s/60s just moved at a slower pace. His blues/jazz is great tho.

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Este álbum tiene un background muy interesante. Creo que para nosotros, después de TANTOS años es difícil apreciar su importancia, pero aprecio la influencia que tuvo en: - La emancipación de la raza afroamericana - La difusión de la música country En cuanto al aspecto musical, pues sí, definitivamente tiene el estilo de Ray Charles (incluso mi mamá lo pudo reconocer, por alguna canción que estaba escuchando), pero creo que me daría flojerita volverlo a escuchar todo.

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El viejo mote 'viejitas pero bonitas' hecho disco. Canciones que para el momento de grabar este disco ya tenían 10-15 años de existencia y que puedo catalogar en dos grandes grupos: las calmadas y las movidas. Las calmadas: muy muy lentas, muchas cuerdas, muy sufridas, casi todas. Las movidas: big band, más metales, menos sufridas, sólo 2. Todas hablan de amor. En su mayoría canciones lentas y tristes, es un disco lindo si estás en el momento de oírlo, porque si no es bastante pesado. Se agradece montones cerrar 38 minutos de sufrimiento con Hey Good Lookin! Songs: Just a Little Lovin', Hey Good Lookin', I Can't Stop Loving You.

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3 - kann man schon geben

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Nice enough to listen to whilst working from home. Nothing made me really sit up and take notice. Its Nice and nothing more. 3/5

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3.5/5 I liked it but it wasn't my favorite RC album

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Leuke versie van ‘Bye bye love’, verder had het wat energieker gekund.

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I'm getting behind - lots to catch up on! I really enjoyed this to start with, then it got a bit samey and boring...

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tres long, trop long, Ray est neammoins un eleve appliqué, 3/5

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Bluesy lyrics over sweet melodies

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teilweise sehr cheesy, teilweise recht netter swing

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Like a trip to another time. I struggled with some of the songs subjects tho, a little too much love lost and ‘I won’t stand in your way if you love another’ for my tastes. I actually struggled to tell some of the songs apart from one another! Musically rich with big band instruments and clearly talented Apparently Ray Charles became one of the first Black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company, ABC. Reading up on him, he had 12 children with ten different women and was addicted to Weed and Heroin. How he had time to record any music I don’t know...

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Álbum de corno 1920 but cool... Meio longuinho, fica um pouco repetitivo e cansa.

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this is long but hey it's music i'm kinda into so i'm good. on song 2 and it seems like it's going to be pretty varied. 'i love you so much it hurts' perfectly captured the feeling of falling in love. songs so far are just lovely. my soul feels soothed. i'm afraid i got bored about 8 tracks in but it's still super pleasant music lol. it's good background music i imagine they played this at like fancy restaurants and events lol. i didn't dig as much the tracks that lean more heavily into country territory. but it's whatever, not the worst thing ever. adds more variety at least. the heavenly choir started to get a little annoying somewhere in between 'i'll never stand in your way' and 'make believe' lol. thank god it was about to end. in smaller doses and w/o paying it my utmost attention, this is gorgeous music. as most almost 2 hour long albums, it'd be better if it was 40 minutes long with just the best songs lol. 3.5.

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Mi piace lo stile e il modo di Ray Charles però poi trovo la sua musica troppo piaciona e poco divertente. Alcuni brani sono troppo natalizi, lo risentirò tra l'8 dicembre e il 6 gennaio.

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Nope, not my favorite from Ray.

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Talented musician singing other talented musician's songs

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Well done

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Come in altre occasioni, questi album mi trasmettono un forte senso di nostalgia ma allo stesso tempo di non appartenenza. Ci tante ballate tra le tracce, tra cui la famosissima "I Can't stop loving you", che rendono l'ascolto un po' lento. Alla fine comunque non riesco a sbilanciarmi più di tanto.

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Ya got me with the title. It's jazzy and early soul. Best seller and massively influential with sharp vocals and big band instrumentals that would help define pop music to come. Some classic songs but otherwise it's just an album of Ray Charles being himself.

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Hard to hate a big band sound. Haven’t given this artist much time in the past, but he isn’t a million miles away from the standard of Sinatra. Listening on Spotify dilutes some of the purity here and I feel it would be better on vinyl. Some excellent songs here and I “see” many reasons to listen to his other albums if it’s as good as this one. Double album was probably a bit much but can really see that Jamie Foxxxxxx nailed him in the movie.

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hi guys i'm back. lost my URL but I'm here now. this was fine just not rly my jam

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Really like this album, little bit old timey but it's got a nostalgic grand parents feeling that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Ray Charles vocals are on point

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very classic Ray Charles. Loved that the album is actually like a vinyl and has two "sides" Wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it again, it's slow, but it's very good

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Not for me

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Very pleasant. Ok I am being churlish, it's god though!!

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Qué bonito madre mía. Me lo guardo para ocasiones especiales.

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lots of classics that my parents + grandparents would play while cleaning the house. grows a bit stale and musty by the time the 2nd volume swings along. 3/5

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lush strings and i can see how it was well received in 62, but it's a bit...boring now. 3

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I enjoyed some of the songs in the album. I wouldn't say that the album was a banger. It felt a bit out of my taste but still nice.

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Overall isn't bad, I do like the era of music mainly because of how simple it is. Rays vocals are good on the album(I mean its ray charles). Don't hate the album i'm just finding it bland. Just doesn't feel like his best work. Good set of songs just can't go higher than a 3 personally. Just not my style

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Wow. Orchestral C&W sung in a sort of jazz/soul style by Ray Charles. I don’t know what I expected but it wasn’t all the strings. Very ‘40s easy listening? Is it possible to even rate this? Not something I’d listen to on the regular, but I’m glad it exists.

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Makes me want to listen to old country but RC rules so fuck that ol white man music

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Great opening. The romance. Really enjoyed Volume 1. All blended into one towards the 2nd volume.

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Seems like a big inspiration for a lot of artists. The word "Classic" comes to mind a lot and I get a lot of Sinatra vibes. Overall very good.

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Love the voice, don't care for the songs.

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Very good

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Buena voz para un gran intérprete de aquella época. No me transmite, aunque es innegable su calidad

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Was originally going to give this a 2, but according to Wikipedia it goes for 39min, not 75. This pushes it up to a 3 - it's super dated and I really shouldn't try and judge it too much, but it definitely gets its point across loooong before it finishes. 3/5.

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Shines in comparison to the last few albums that have been lazy 80s mumblecore. The heat and the passion and the excitement here sell the album. Ray is damn good. There's a definite country western thing here (duh) but my boy Ray plays that piano so damn good that I can ignore it. And then it gets to the second disc and it's just not very good. First disc is a 4, second is a 2 so let's call it a 3. Goods - Just a Little Loving Girl (Will go a long way), Hey Good Lookin' Bads - the second disc is weaker. Art - Classic. The bold colours and thick lettering give it a solid impression. Ray is mid song, the passion clear in his expression.

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Maybe it's just because I got this early December but Ray doing his take on country just sounds like Christmas songs.

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Good album, full of beautiful Charles blues ballads.

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Not really a fan of musicians interpreting music genres that are not their usual forte and in this case Ray Charles' modern take of country and western. Don't get me wrong, he doesn't put on a cowboy hat and strum an acoustic guitar, instead it gets the grandiose treatment with horns and strings. At times, it's a bit overdone and hard to listen to after a while, but overall his treatment of the songs and his performance makes it a worthwhile listen.

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Beautiful songs

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Q: This is "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" by "the Genius" Ray Charles. Bringing in not only the typical rhythm and blues, jazz, and soul elements of the time's pop sounds, it also integrated country music and big band music as well. It created an irresistible set of love songs that captured the hearts of people regardless of race. Released in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, this album once again showed that music unites! So, would you like to listen to forty minutes worth of generic (but not bad) '60s love songs? A: I won't mind I guess. I grew up listening to these kinds of songs in the radio every Sunday anyway.

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While I do appreciate its intentions, I felt this was mainly carried by the faster tunes rather than the slower ones, which unfortunately became to common for a good portion. Favorites: "Bye Bye Love", "You Don't Know Me", "Hey, Good Lookin'"

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* You Don’t Know Me * Born to Lose * Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles

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His music definitely has a time and place, like a wedding or cocktail party. Otherwise, the album had no flow to it and most tunes uneventful. I wanted more piano!

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This album is nice easy listening I suppose but nothing really stands out, and if you want true Ray Charles I feel like this isn’t it.

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I love Ray Charles and his sound. This album was a great listen but I felt it was a bit disjointed - going from popular music of the time and then to "cowboy" music and back again. I feel like it would have flowed better as two separate albums but I enjoyed listening nonetheless!

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Soul, simpelt, lækkert klaver

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2nd listen. Some true classics. Great sound and style. 3/5

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Some pretty good jams on here and let's be honest: if all country and western music sounded like this we'd probably be better off for it. Still though, the stuff that resonates the most with me is when those big band horns hit and that don't sound like no country at all, gawdammit. I might prefer the version of "Bye Bye Love" in ALL THAT JAZZ a tad more, but this one swings, cat. Might not be the record I reach for when I think of listening to Ray Charles, but perfectly good white folk dinner party background music.

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Doesn't really seem very country but enjoyable enough.

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It is not music I would go to myself, but I can enjoy it

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Not as pleasant as a previous more jazzy Ray Charles album so slightly disappointing on that measure. A bit hum-drum, lacking pizazz. Had to wait until well into the album to hear any nice piano soloing. Low 3 because it is still pleasant.

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Fine.

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It was good to hear some of those classic songs and in the main they were good versions, reminded me of my parents. Having said that I probably wouldn’t seek them out so a solid 3*

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It didn’t really grab me, but musically it was fine. Don’t know if I would go back and Re listen but I can see the appeal

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Enjoyable

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This was an enjoyable album, but I found myself a bit bored when I reached disk 2. I think this more a dancing than a listening album.

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Not too bad! Didn’t dislike any of it

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03/04/2022 He's an icon for a reason. A bit repetitive towards the end, but that's not a mark on his talent, just the songs in general.

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I really like this one. Especially for Ray Charles to come around talking all this shit about how he's a better musician than most. To be honest, he is. However, for me I am not super sure his sound is super my ideal sound. Like I did this big band orchestral sound. But I also like the low down and simple stripped country.

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Good enough!

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It seems quaint that this album is titled 'Modern' when the music would not seem out of place in a 1950s motion picture soundtrack, or a Hanna Barbara original animation. But top musicianship shines through nonetheless

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Enjoyable big band sound

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great voice, songs and arrangements very much of its time

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Am I going to hell for thinking Ray Charles is boring? Incredibly talented but boring. And the choir sounds exactly like an old Disney film.

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This is just one of the many albums Ray Charles has created, but it is one of his later and more popular ones. This album is tuned more towards country, folk, and Western music, instead of his usual R&B or jazz music. Ray Charles remixed popular country songs into a soulful R&B style. Something that appealed to every type of music lover at the time. The album was coined during a time of racial tensions in America as being a "blending of white & black music". Also, this album has been certified gold in the US. Modern Sounds went on to be one of the most popular albums of 1962, almost winning Album of the Year at the Grammys. It has since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The album broaden the appeal for country and R&B music to new listeners that may have never given these genres a chance. For this reason alone, this album is important. You'll love this album!

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Thought it was going to be some shocking country but wasn't too bad. some cool songs

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Good… not much more to say on this one.

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Отличная музыка и для тех дней, когда тебе плохо, и для тех, когда хорошо.

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An enjoyable listen. Not my time but great Xmas music

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Good stuff, nice and boppy

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Wow this was quite a lot one! I really enjoyed the upbeat ones but started to find the slower ones a bit sad, samey and depressing

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Wow Ray Charles such a legend! I love the upbeat bops on this album!! Super fun big band tracks, there's no matching the cool of Charles' voice. I mostly didn't love the slower songs but You Don't Know Me is such a great tune which I love from the film My Best Friend's Wedding hahaha so I enjoyed that one!

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I enjoyed this for the most part.

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I enjoyed this album, popped it on in the background, don't think I stopped to listen to any specific tracks

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Gar nicht so schlecht aber kein fan von diesen Balladen ich penn ein

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Striimaus ja MP3 maailmassa elämään tottunut mies ei osaa arvostaa tuplalevyjä. Turhan pitkä teos ja pelkästään parhailla biiseillä olis ollut ihan jees, mutta kokonaisuus puudutti. Kaksi tähteä.

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I'm surprised I didn't love this album. Just didn't resonate with me like I figured it would. Just felt old-timey and not in a good way

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I'm cool with the big band sound in some of this, and do like Ray Charles' voice, but right now wasn't into it.

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I respect this but don’t particularly like it.

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These are great interpretations, but the likelihood of me listening to this again is minimal

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Mooie film van hem gemaakt en een paar liedjes, maar dit is toch te oudbollig voor mij.

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Niet veel van gedraaid!

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Glad i listened to this Ray Charles album, he has a great voice. But I dont think I eill listen to it again!! 2 stars

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Honestly. It didn't rock my boat. I don't think I'd play it at a BBQ, which is the litmus test.

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Sounds like something very experimental and not really a great body of work. Still enjoyed some songs though!

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In Conclusione: onestamente m'ha parecchio annoiato. Oserei dire che sono quelle che all'epoca i miei nonni avrebbero chiamato canzonette. Sono praticamente fatte con lo stampino, l'equivalente delle hit estive di oggi. Ovviamente i musicisti erano tutti molto più bravi per carità, però il contenuto artistico secondo me è poco.

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I can't really say I would put any track here on again, but I also can't ignore the quality of the instrumentals. It might be unfair to judge an almost 60 year old record by today's standards, but most tracks just sounded the same to me. 2/5.

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Another artist I have not listened to much at least deliberately listened to but wanted to because of his name and how well regarded he is but just never did yet the album immediately transports me to a particular point in time that I was not alive for and to a part of america I have never been which is pretty ammazing thing to do. I love how charles sings the part of a saxaphone in parts Just too many love songs or songs about love more accurately. hey good lookin, not a huge fan of this version but the song holds a place in my heart from it being in GTA but I do like hearing it in this style so it is interesting at least compared to the rest of the album which for me was quite dull. 2 - not for me but doesn't hurt my ears

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A few of the songs were good, but for the most part this album seemed pretty bland to me. A lot of the songs sound the same and I become bored towards the end of it.

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27th October 2021 Actually listened on the 28th on the living room speaker while working with jen in the kitchen. Didn't listen on the 27th as I was listening to Fontaines DC before seeing them at ally pally with Gareth. I love Ray Charles, but this is a covers album. I prefer the less swoony numbers that don't have the fuzzy backing vocals, but definite class all the way.

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Too samey and I prefer Charles with some energy not commercial tunes from A Christmas Story

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It is Ray Charles, so... good to the ears.

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Pretty decent. Liked it enough but don’t see myself reaching for this album every often.

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If you wanted an entire album that sounds like a bunch of songs from classic Disney movies but is all about the dudes girlfriend/lover or whatever cheating/leaving blah blah than this album is for you. Nothing groundbreaking. Album gets stale quickly. All songs sound the same. Vocals and some of the instrumentation are ok but I was glad when this album was over

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Okay, can respect the talent but not my style

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A bit too long for my taste. The songs were also a bit too bland and the panning of the audio was unbearable

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Not his best

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I tend to like Ray Charles but I didn't care too much for this album. I didn't make it all the way through, maybe it was a lack of interest or maybe it was too many horns??

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I have this album so obviously thought it was alright before. This time it rubbed me up the wrong way although I think that was because I was having a bit of a day and needed something with more pep....

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its not bad sounding but i think its incredibly generic 60s rock music while also just taking classic songs and making them lose their qualities in the process

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Country and western music ma hairy hoop. This isn't like any country and western music I have ever heard. I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing but I didn't think this was up to much either way. Cocktail bar background music at best.

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Better than I was expecting based on the title. Well sort of. I'm losing confidence now. Bored. It's gone.

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Dannii Minogue once told me that she likes fingering herself to the sound of Ray Charles, so it must be good.

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couldn't be arsed with this one at all.

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Ahhh.. better when it is soul

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Entenc l'imprompta revolucionària que segurament va causar en aquell moment, en uns temps molt diferents als de la segona década dels 2000s, però em fa la sensació que ha envellit molt malament. Els arranjaments sonen molt passats, els temes han viscut millors versions i l'únic que destaca és la veu de Charles, i el seu esperit

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not for me

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I can recognize the talent of the voice but I really really dislike the arrangements.

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Sometimes you need a little vinegar with the honey. A tad too schmalzty for my liking - veers into Disney soundtrack territory. Best Tracks: You Don't Know Me; Just a Little Loving (Will Go a Long Way); You Win Again

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Too swingy

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R&B lento. Tostón. Se me ha hecho bola. Un 2.

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not for me

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I hated this. I was expecting more bluesy versions, not that horrible big band stuff.

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not my thing

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Honestly, this is a weaker Ray Charles album. I would probably rate it at a 2, but I want the 1950s to stop being my favorite decade on this website.

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Doesn’t sound very modern to me

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no

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This album filled me with an urge to break LP's. This really does nothing for me, just makes me annoyed

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