CONCORD RECORDS RELEASES DELUXE EDITION OF RAY CHARLES’ GROUNDBREAKING MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC, VOLS. 1 & 2 ON 180G AUDIOPHILE VINYL FEATURING REMASTERED AUDIO
Watch the lyric video for “You Are My Sunshine” here.
For Immediate Release – Ray Charles’s Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volumes 1 & 2 are major landmarks in American culture. Released during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, the album broke racial barriers and proved that signature performances work in all genres, taking country standards and transforming them into soul and R&B classics.
In the creation of the album, Charles became one of the first recording artists to have ownership and complete control of the masters. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music has been listed among the greatest albums of all time, along with the Beatles, Dylan, Motown, Springsteen, Hendrix and the Beach Boys.
On September 6, 2019, Concord Records will release a deluxe edition of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vols. 1 & 2 on high-fidelity, 180g vinyl featuring remastered audio. These groundbreaking albums were previously reissued on digital and CD on February 22nd, becoming available for the first time on streaming platforms.
Watch the lyric video for “You Are My Sunshine,” taken from the release of Vol. 2, here: https://youtu.be/1YydHtF2SKI
This past year, Ray was honored by the Grand Ole Opry with An Opry Salute to Ray Charles, which was broadcast this September on the PBS affiliate in Nashville. Featuring performances celebrating the iconic Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music tracks and his contributions to country music, the special will be airing across PBS stations this fall.
Praise for Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vols. 1 & 2
“He kicked country music forward 50 years. Ray Charles did more for country music than any other artist.” – Willie Nelson
“These quietly revolutionary albums still break one of music’s deepest-held genre orthodoxies…affirming Charles’ rightful status as a country music pioneer. It’s proof of his enduring yet still-aspirational achievement on these albums: unity.” – Pitchfork, “Best New Reissue”
“What Ray Charles was doing was seizing country music and extending its reach as American music. As such, these two albums now stand as great democratic gestures whose beauty remains undimmed. Though initially perceived as a novelty, a re-release of the albums proves they were anything but.”
– NPR Fresh Air
“These two volumes of Modern Sounds in Country and Western remain required listening for Americana fans and their reappearance is worth celebrating.” –American Songwriter
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol.1 became an instant classic when it was first released in 1962. The album spawned four chart-topping singles: “Born to Lose,” “Careless Love,” “You Don’t Know Me,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” the latter (and the album itself) being RIAA-certified Gold in only one month.
The success led to the recording of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2. Focusing more on balladry, one side featured performances by the Ray Charles Big Band with the Raelettes, and the other with a string section and the Jack Halloran Singers. Like its predecessor, it was released to both critical and commercial acclaim. In 1999, Vol. 1 was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “historical significance,” as was the lead single, “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” in 2001.
Many musicians possess elements of genius, but only one—the great Ray Charles—so completely embodied the term that it was bestowed upon him as a nickname. His staggering achievements over a 58-year career include 17 GRAMMY Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement and the President’s Merit Award, the Presidential Medal for the Arts, France’s Legion of Honor, the Kennedy Center Honors, a NAACP Image Awards’ “Hall of Fame Award,” and numerous other music Halls of Fame, including those for Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, a testament to his enormous influence.
Charles successfully mastered (and forever changed) the blues, jazz, gospel, rock, pop, and country music landscapes, continually airing his soulful heart. He teamed up with the best of the best in each stylistic genre, including B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, and countless others. As he describes. “I’m not a country singer. I’m a singer who sings country songs. I’m not a blues singer, but I can sing the blues. I’m not really a crooner, but I can sing love songs. I’m not a specialist, but I’m a pretty good utility man. I can play first base, second base, shortstop. I can catch and maybe even pitch a little.” “Genius” doesn’t begin to describe it.
DELUXE EDITION TRACK LIST:
- Bye Bye Love
- You Don’t Know Me
- Half as Much
- I Love You So Much It Hurts
- Just a Little Lovin’
- Born to Lose
- Worried Mind
- It Makes No Difference Now
- You Win Again
- Careless Love
- I Can’t Stop Loving You
- Hey, Good Lookin’
- You Are My Sunshine
- No Letter Today
- Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You)
- Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles
- Oh, Lonesome Me
- Take These Chains From My Heart
- Your Cheatin’ Heart
- I’ll Never Stand In Your Way
- Making Believe
- Teardrops In My Heart
- Hang Your Head In Shame
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“You Are My Sunshine” lyric video: https://youtu.be/1YydHtF2SKI