Good Rockin' Tonight (+ 8 Bonus Tracks)
This quintessential LP edition includes Ray Charles' sensational album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music - Volume 2, which was originally released by ABC Records in October 1962 and has been long unavailable on vinyl. It is the second volume of country and western recordings by Charles. After the surprising success of Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music Vol. 1 (issued in April 1962), an album of country music covers which sold over a million copies, Charles and producer Sid Feller decided to do a follow-up. Unlike the previous album, where slow and fast tracks more or less alternated, this one features one side performed by The Ray Charles Big Band with The Raelettes, while the other is with a string section and the backing singers from the first album. Above a mix of swinging big band charts by Gerald Wilson and strings and choir backdrops from Marty Paich, Charles intones the sleepyblue nuances of country crooners while still giving the songs a needed kick with his gospel outbursts. No pedal steel or fiddles here, just a fine store of inimitable interpretations. In addition to the original masterpiece, this collector's edition includes 1 bonus track: the bluesy "At the Club," which was also recorded in 1962.