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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 his best albums, if not his greatest studio album. At the time it was considered to be somewhat of a risk, because Charles tried out new genres like Country, Pop and Jazz and some feared it would alienate his older fans. The Cover Album became a critical and commercial success nevertheless and broke down racial barriers between white and black audiences, as well as between fans of either only country and R&B.

The album was listed at nr. #105 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and Time Magazine included the album in their 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.



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 2 (1962), "Here We Go Again" (3:18) from Ray Charles Invites You to Listen (1967) and "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven)" (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."
  • Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Charles tried out different genres on this album: rock 'n' roll ("Bye Bye Love", made famous by The Everly Brothers in 1957) and country (the Cindy Walker song "You Don't Know Me", the Floyd Tillman song "I Love You So Much It Hurts", the Eddy Arnold song "Just a Little Lovin'", the Hank Williams songs "Half as Much", "You Win Again" and "Hey Good Lookin'"),...
  • 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'.


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