Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two

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Modern Sounds, Vol. 2
Studio album by Ray Charles
Released October 1962
Recorded September 5, 1962 in New York City, NY and September 7, 1962 in Hollywood, CA
Genre R&B, country soul
Length 34:15
Label ABC-Paramount
ABC-435
Producer Ray Charles, Sid Feller
Ray Charles chronology
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
(1962)
Modern Sounds, Vol. 2
(1962)
Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul
(1963)

Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two is a 1962 album by Ray Charles. It is the second volume of country and western recordings by Charles following his landmark debut on ABC Records. Following the surprising success of Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music Vol 1, 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 side is with a string section and the backing singers from the first album.

The album has been reissued on CD, coupled with Volume 1, and is also featured on The Complete Country & Western Recordings: 1959-1986 Box Set which also features the first C & W volume and many of Charles' later country recordings.

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Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

Side one consists of big band tracks arranged by Gerald Wilson.

  1. "You Are My Sunshine" (Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell) – 3:01
  2. "No Letter Today" (Ted Daffan) – 3:01
  3. "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)" (James Hodges) – 2:41
  4. "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles" (Don Gibson) – 2:07
  5. "Midnight" (Boudleaux Bryant, Chet Atkins) – 3:17
  6. "Oh Lonesome Me" (Don Gibson) – 2:10

Side two[edit]

Side two consists of strings/choir tracks arranged by Marty Paich.

  1. "Take These Chains from My Heart" (Fred Rose, Hy Heath) – 2:57
  2. "Your Cheating Heart" (Hank Williams) – 3:35
  3. "I'll Never Stand in Your Way" (Fred Rose, Hy Heath) – 2:20
  4. "Making Believe" (Jimmy Work) – 2:52
  5. "Teardrops in My Heart" (Vaughn Horton) – 3:04
  6. "Hang Your Head in Shame" (Fred Rose, Edward Nelson, Steve Nelson) – 3:16

Singles[edit]

Chart Information
Catalog No. Song R&B Pop
ABC 10375 “You Are My Sunshine” #1 #7
ABC 10435 “No Letter Today” #105
ABC 10435 “Take These Chains from My Heart” #7 #8
ABC 10375 “Your Cheating Heart” #23 #29
ABC 10481 “Your Cheating Heart” #102

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