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Music / Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

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Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music is a 1962 music album by Ray Charles, often regarded as one of the best — if not the best — of his studio efforts. At the time, however, it was considered to be somewhat of a risk, because of fears that Charles' experimentation with Country Music would alienate his older fans. The Cover Album nevertheless became a critical and commercial success and broke down racial barriers between white and black audiences, as well as between fans of either only country and R&B.

Charles released a follow-up album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two, later that same year.



Side One

  1. "Bye Bye Love" (2:09)
  2. "You Don't Know Me" (3:14)
  3. "Half as Much" (3:24)
  4. "I Love You So Much It Hurts" (3:33)
  5. "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)" (3:26)
  6. "Born to Lose" (3:15)

Side Two

  1. "Worried Mind" (2:54)
  2. "It Makes No Difference Now" (3:30)
  3. "You Win Again" (3:29)
  4. "Careless Love" (3:56)
  5. "I Can't Stop Loving You" (4:13)
  6. "Hey Good Lookin'" (2:10)

The CD release added three bonus tracks: "You Are My Sunshine" (3:01) from Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two (1962), "Here We Go Again" (3:18) from Ray Charles Invites You to Listen (1967), and "That Lucky Old Sun" (4:21) from Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul (1963).


Modern tropes in Ray Charles' music...

  • Alliterative Title: "Bye Bye Love".
  • Born Unlucky: "Born to Lose".
    Born to lose, I've lived in vain
  • Break-Up Song: "Born to Lose" and "Bye Bye Love".
    There goes my baby with-a someone new
    She sure looks happy, I sure am blue
    She was my baby till he stepped in
    Goodbye to romance that might have been
  • Country Music: Charles covered several country songs on this album, which made the genre more acceptable in circles with R&B and soul fans.
  • Cover Album: All songs are covers.
  • Face on the Cover: Ray playing piano.
  • Love Hurts: Many songs are about unrequited love or breakups.
  • Long Title/Non-Appearing Title: The album title.
  • New Sound Album: The album was a considerable departure from Charles' previous musical recordings. As Billy Joel put it: "He sang white man's country in a black R&B style."
  • Obsession Song: "I Love You So Much It Hurts".
    I love so much it hurts me
    And there's nothing I can do
  • The Power of Love: "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Hey Good Lookin'", "Careless Love", "Just a Little Lovin'.