TJR says

ABC/Paramount 495. Released June, 1964. Having suffered through 5 of Ray’s 9 albums of new music in the 1960s so far, I am relieved to discover that all is not entirely lost for the dude who was so cool in the early to mid 50s. In a reversal of the previous concept album “Sweet & Sour Tears”, this album is filled with humorous songs - without being in the slightest bit cheesy. Straight from the off with the cover of Charlie Calhoun’s “Smack Dab In The Middle” we’re feeling finger clicking good. I always loved Phil Harris’s “The Thing” - I used to sing it to my little Charlene when she was 4! Ray’s mid-album version isn’t all that but it still makes me smile, I guess it’s mission accomplished. It’s immediately followed by “The Man With The Weird Beard” - a RIGHT old return to form, with a kicking backbeat, a cool swing, a bit of a vocal drawl from Ray and kind-of ironic “lounge” backing from The Raeletts. “Have A Smile With Me” is a step back in the right direction…

The Jukebox Rebel
26-Jul-2008

A1 [03:21] 5.9.png Ray Charles - Smack Dab In The Middle (Jesse Stone) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A2 [02:15] 5.8.png Ray Charles - Feudin’ And Fightin’ (Al Dubin, Burton Lane) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A3 [04:00] 4.7.png Ray Charles - Two Ton Tessie (Lou Handman, Roy Turk) Pop
A4 [05:46] 4.6.png Ray Charles - I Never See Maggie Alone (Everett Lynton, Henry B. Tisley) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A5 [02:40] 4.0.png Ray Charles - Move It On Over (Hank Williams) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B1 [03:30] 3.6.png Ray Charles - Ma (She’s Making Eyes At Me) (Sidney Clare, Con Conrad) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B2 [02:28] 6.0.png Ray Charles - The Thing (Charles Randolph Grean) Pop
B3 [03:59] 7.7.png Ray Charles - The Man With The Weird Beard (Milton Drake, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B4 [03:12] 5.2.png Ray Charles - The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane (Roy C. Bennett, Sid Tepper) Crooner / Cabaret
B5 [02:19] 4.7.png Ray Charles - Who Cares (For Me) (Don Gibson) Big Band / Jive / Swing




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