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First Listen: Ray Charles, 'Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Vol. 1 & 2'

Charles laid claim to the center of American popular music on these 1962 classics, and ended up with some of the brashest and best-selling music of his career.
Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 1 & 2 is due out Feb. 22 on Concord Music Group. Source: Courtesy of The Ray Charles Foundation

When entered the studio to record in 1962, the singer was already an established hitmaker. In his work for Atlantic Records between 1952 and '59, Charles created an inventive mix of blues, gospel and jazz in songs like "Mess Around," "I've Got aone of the most interesting and brash albums of its time.

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