Ray Charles, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
I grew up listening to Ray Charles – the Blues Brothers movie and various compilations and things my folks had; some of our first CDs in the house were Ray Charles ones, a few of the last records in the house too…and then we went and saw Ray Charles at The Mission and though the audience was ghastly it was still pretty special to see him; to now be able to say I’ve seen him. Sometime after that I left home and got work in music stores. There I’d look up all sorts of things, if a customer ordered something and I was curious about it I’d get a second copy (one for the store, for me to buy – or at least to play in-store and sell to anyone else). And so I started to order up a few of Ray Charles’ albums. This one kept popping up – so I bought a reissued CD and played it lots. And lots. A firm favourite for many years. When Ray died – the day the news broke of it – we were moving into our first home; the first house we owned. The first job when moving, always, is to dig out the stereo and set it up. And I remember doing that and finding a couple of Ray Charles albums – this and one of his earlier ones. Well, now I have this on vinyl – bought it just recently. Lovely mono copy. So good. Such a great album – a mind-bending still. (The weirdest fucking thing – I finish writing this, just now, while listening to an episode of Norman Lear’s podcast and the guests are talking – at that exact moment – about putting together a tribute show to this very album. Man I love those weird synchronicities).
Sample Track: You Don’t Know Me
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