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Ray Charles Yes Indeed! A Preorder is an item that has not yet been released. An Out Of Stock item is an item that we normally have available to ship but we are temporarily out of. Awaiting repress titles are in the process of being repressed by the label. The album departed further stylistically from the rhythm and blues music Charles had recorded for Atlantic Records. Charles produced the album with Sid Feller , who helped the singer select songs to record, and performed alongside saxophonist Hank Crawford , a string section conducted by Marty Paich , and a big band arranged by Gil Fuller and Gerald Wilson.
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music was an immediate critical and commercial success. The album and its lead single, " I Can't Stop Loving You ", were both certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in , as each record had sold at least , copies in the United States. The album's integration of soul and country challenged racial barriers in popular music at 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. In retrospect, it has been considered by critics as his best studio record and a landmark recording in American music. Following his blues fusion with gospel and jazz influences on his earlier Atlantic material, which had brought him much fame and controversy, Charles sought to experiment with country music.
And the lyrics. Charles's recording of his acclaimed studio effort The Genius of Ray Charles brought him closer to expressing his jazz and pop crossover ambitions. The first two sessions were set on February 5 and 7 at Capitol Studios in New York, New York , at which one half of the album was recorded and produced. In doing so, he amassed around songs on tape for Charles to consider recording for Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. From New York City, Feller sent the recordings to Charles, who was living in California at the time, for him to choose.
A Ray Charles version. So in other words, by hearing the original, he knew what he didn't want to do. So consequently, he made up his own things, and some of the things he made up, you know, the melodies themselves are interpretations. Some of the ballads, that were so beautiful, he just made it sound like Ray Charles made it up, even though he was singing the exact melody of the original.
And yet when Ray Charles sings it, it sounds like a brand new song. While his selections provided the album's country and western foundation, the musical arrangements represented its contemporary influence. Eager to display his big band ensemble in studio, Charles enlisted premier jazz arrangers Gerald Wilson and Gil Fuller , while Marty Paich , who was active in the West Coast jazz scene, was hired to arrange the lush strings and chorus numbers.
To indicate specific licks he wanted emphasized for certain songs, Charles would put together voice-and-piano demos and pass them along to the arrangers, informing them of what he wanted to do with specific sounds. According to Feller, at one point during recording, Charles rewrote an entire botched arrangement and dictated the parts to each of the 18 backing musicians.
The album's themes are about heartbreak and love, while most of the material chosen by Charles were ballads as well. The concept which had originally attracted the interest of Charles to this style of music was the strength he admired in writing such a ballad's somber or melancholy lyrics and then performing the ballad beautifully and with emotional stability; an element he had found to be common in even the most diverse musical genres.
They're not as dressed up, and the people are very honest and say, 'Look, I miss you, darlin', so I went out and I got drunk in this bar. But country songs and the blues is like it is. In an interview with music historian Peter Guralnick , Charles further elaborated on his understanding, stating "You take country music, you take black music, you got the same goddamn thing exactly. A considerable amount of the material's melancholy lyrics and words are backed by piano and orchestral arrangements that are rooted in jazz, as well as West Coast and Charles's style of piano blues.
The difference is further accentuated by Charles's interpretations of the songs. Charles was disappointed with him, as Feller was in charge of sequencing for the album. The Ted Daffan -penned "Worried Mind" and "Born to Lose" expand his take on country balladry and feature a blend of piano blues with string arrangements. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music was released in April  and quickly became one of the best-selling albums recorded by a black musician of the time, as well as one of the best-selling country albums,  shipping at least , copies in its first three months of release.
Writing of the album shortly after its release, Billboard magazine claimed that, "in addition to being powerful dealer material, this package will fracture knowledgeable jockeys who will find in it a wealth of material to talk about as well as play.
Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Polski Svenska Edit links. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Modern Sounds, Vol. Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul Encyclopedia of Popular Music. The Rolling Stone Album Guide.Greatest Country and Western Hits is a track compilation dating from DCC's early CD reissues of Ray Charles' post-Atlantic catalog. It's a fine distillation of Charles' two Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music albums, from which all of its selections are culled. At one time, this would have been an excellent addition to any basic Charles collection.