Tuesday, 18 October 2011

TUESDAY BLUES! Ray Charles - Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying


Ray Charles - Don't let the Sun catch you crying (1959)

As winter approaches, sometimes you need a song to warm you up, to be a musical companion as the nights draw in.  This evokes the classic 'Rat Pack' tunes of the 50/60's and when men were men, suits were a must, and you'd probably have a drink of whiskey before, during and after work - a bit like Mad Men, but without the sunshine.
I was never a big Ray Charles fan, but that was due more to ignorance and not having any of his albums than not liking him.  That all changed when I heard this. The sweeping string arrangements, jazz-brush drumming, and exquisite piano playing takes you away to a time when music was real and couldn't be further away from the XFactor.....although even Simon Cowell would be gushing if Ray turned up and started playing this for him!

"...X-Factor? I got the xxx-factor.."

....I've got the Tuesday Blues because Saturday is so far away....

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TUESDAY BLUES! Ray Charles - Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
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18 October 2011 at 07:45

Beyond brilliant and beautiful. Ray Charles stands like a towering giant over all popular music. Actually, I'd be willing to bet that Cowell would say it was okay but 'not relevant' or some such meaningless crap.

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18 October 2011 at 09:13

The great Ray Charles had the pleasure of seeing him on support to Van, brilliant!

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18 October 2011 at 19:07

Beautiful indeed SB. I think I'm ready to be exposed to some more, but like you sfw, I'm afraid I'm ignorant. I'll check out the Definitive Ray Charles unless anyone can recommend a few crackers like this one?

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19 October 2011 at 17:08

Smooth pal, Smooth. I think people of a certain generation sort of dismiss this, me included. It's just when you stop and listen that you realise it's as essential now as it was back in the day. Goosepimple inducing stuff, especially the second vid.

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