Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Time To Get Manly 54: Ray Charles - Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

I randomly ran across a list of what Esquire magazine claims are "The 75 Albums Every Man Should Own." In this series of posts, I'll explore these manly, manly sounds.

Though Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music sounds more like the title of a doctoral candidate's dissertation than that of a pop record, the contents here are anything but dry and academic. Ray Charles not only proved that he could basically sing anything with this record, but for a black artist to record country songs in the early 60's was downright revolutionary and barrier breaking. Pretty much perfect from start to finish.

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