Released on Vinyl for the First Time As Part of Play 33 1/3 Series
By the time producer/arranger Larry Klein discovered Ray Charles' Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music at 12 years old, it was already a classic and its hits were golden oldies. Klein found himself revisiting the album frequently over the next four decades. In an inspired moment, he thought a re-examination of this album would be an ideal project for Madeleine Peyroux because "she comes from the same places – jazz, country and blues." His concept was in no way intended to replicate the instrumentation or arrangements or style or sequence of the original album. Trying to beat Ray Charles at his own game is the true definition of "Born To Lose."
Madeleine is an artist whose sensibility and eclectic musical mix make for magnificent story-telling. And the songs that Ray Charles chose for Modern Sounds are, above all, stories. Wisely, Madeleine felt that the infusion of newer but like-minded material was essential to this project and gems like Warren Zevon's "Desparadoes Under The Eaves" and Randy Newman's "Guilty" attest to her impeccable instincts, as does the resurrection of a wonderful and obscure Buddy Holly song "Changing All Those Changes."
Larry Goldings, Dean Parks, David Piltch and Jay Bellerose form the group that provides the spare, tasteful backing arranged by Larry Klein for each song found on 2013's The Blue Room. Vince Mendoza's string arrangements on six tracks are beautiful, unpredictable and perfectly appropriate to the tone and mood of each song. If there is a direct musical link to Ray Charles, it's Goldings's soulful, in-the-pocket keyboard work with the same kind of perfectly placed notes and use of space that were part of Charles's signature.
Klein is a producer who knows his artists well and creates hand-tailored environments that suit them perfectly. When Madeleine takes "Bye Bye Love" slower than usual or "Take These Chains" faster than most, these are not decisions of style, but fundamental choices in her approach to the material. This is an album of music that is letter-perfect but coursing with blood, and it is as comfortable as an old pair of shoes. And like the Ray Charles album to which it pays homage, it reinvents everything it touches.
The Play 33 1/3 LP Series is a first LP issue project of the masterpiece albums which have never been released on the vinyl format. The albums are released by Universal Music Korea and the heavyweight vinyl LP is pressed in Germany. Khiov designs the project, reforms the original artworks for the LP size and produces the sleeves precisely by hand. In the age where faster and more convenient is thought to be better, the increase in demand for the retro vinyl LP worldwide is clearly attributed to the satisfaction from the sound offered by analog products impossible to be replicated by CD and digital products and the delight of touching, feeling, and possessing this masterpiece-like large artwork.
• Play 33 1/3 Series
• Released on vinyl for the first time
• 180g vinyl pressing
• From the original master of Universal Music
• Pressed at Pallas GmbH in Germany
• Lacquer cutting by SST Bruggemann GmbH in Germany
• Top opening gatefold jacket with obi
• 8 page booklet
• White polylined inner sleeve
• Cover sleeve printed & made by Khiov in Korea