This is Ray’s first album back at Atlantic Records, where he started his career in the late ‘50s. It’s a very upbeat record, with an overall late-‘70s feel not too dissimilar to his appearance on the soundtrack to The Blues Brothers, which was only recorded a couple of years following this. The production of the album is very nice and sounds very fresh, with Ray backed by both a groove-based funk / rock band as well as a traditional big band, which really swings on a couple of the tracks.
The thing I tend to enjoy most when I’m listening to Ray Charles is not his piano playing, which is always fantastic, if a little laid-back here, but his voice. It truly is magical and unmistakable.
Hit: I Can See Clearly Now
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