Music Talk: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Album: “Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music” by Ray Charles (1962)
Bit of Background: Recorded in 1962, this album was groundbreaking on several levels, but mostly so because Charles had tackled the challenge of recording songs by white artists like Hank Williams and Don Gibson. However, he did it well and the album has continued to live on as one of the best R&B, soul albums ever recorded.
01. Bye Bye Love
02. You Don’t Know me
12. Hey, Good Lookin’
Must you hear it before you die? If you’re a fan of blues and jazz, then yes. This type of album isn’t going to be for everyone, but I would say that everyone should hear at least one or two Ray Charles songs in their lifetime. His voice will get you. So, even if you’re not a blues-y, jazzy person, if not for anything else, listen to it for the vocals. Most of the songs were written with sorrow and Charles beautifully conveys that in his voice on this one.