Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (studio album) by Ray Charles
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Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music is ranked as the best album by Ray Charles.
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The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.0/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.5.
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This album is great music and wonderfully subversive. It is great to see a black artist playing on white country styles, when it was often the other way around in this time period. Also Ray Charles' vocal performance is just incredible on this album!
I do not understand why this record gets the most frequent ratings. After all the "genius" the man created at Atlantic, why is so much love given to a record of Charles covering country standards?
That being said, I recognize the historical importance of the crossover appeal this record had. Still, it most certainly is not his best work. Check out his self-titled record from Atlantic as a start.
Hard for me to really comprehend the significance that is typically ascribed to this album, but it's a quality collection of songs.
Obra-prima! O auge do grande Ray!
'You Don't Know Me', 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and 'Hey, Good Looking' are all fantastic tracks. Overall, a pretty great album and rightly praised as one of Ray Charles greatest.
Im glad to have this album it is very smooth and enjoyable. Ray Charles is a blind genius on this one.
Bye Bye Love
Hey, Good Lookin'
You Don't Know Me
I Can't Stop Loving You
It Makes No Difference Now
Oh cool, let's make soul, but now as blend as Frank Sinatra, with predictable jazz in the background (except when Ray is on the keys, which is almost never)... just like Frank. At least the white people are listening now, right? They sure broke down some of those damn racial barriers, which is cute, but 50 years later I'm just sitting here thinking why do these white boys need Ray to break down their racial barriers? Can't they just let him make more good music? And why does Ray feel obligated to meet them halfway, if not just for sales, which is understandable. But without all that context it is clear as day it's just a big waste of extreme talent. It's not as bad as Little Richard singing gospel, but it's in the same vein.
An essential gem of Ray's fabulous career! After years of hard work, this really broke Ray into absolute stardom. A personal favorite is You Don't Know Me.
I have nothing to say. Ray Charles is one of the greatest artists of all time. He is best known for his soul songs, but "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music" is the best country album of all time in my opinion. Usually, I'm not a big fan of country albums but this album is really different because it mixes western music and soul. This album is absolutely original, revolutionary, exceptional. Thank you, Ray.
Best track: "Bye Bye Love"
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