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16 February 2010

Ain't It So (1979)

  1. Some Enchanted Evening (tenor solo by Clifford Solomon)
  2. Blues In The Night
  3. Just Because
  4. What'll I Do (tenor solo by Clifford Solomon)
  5. One Of These Days
  6. Love Me Or Set Me Free
  7. Drift Away
  8. (Turn Out The Lights And) Love Me Tonight  
On Ain't It So Ray returned to his sandwich formula, combining strings and blues. Some Enchanted Evening got a treatment that worked out fine. Most of the album thrives on Ray's R&B, blues and jazz strengths. Barry Manilow wrote One Of These Days for Charles, and even that's a marvelous track.

Recorded at RPM International in Los Angeles with uncredited members of the Ray Charles Orchestra and session musicians. From the band, Peter Turre played drums on the first 3 tracks, Gregg Field on most or all of the other tracks, and Clifford Solomon filled in the tenor sax solos on tracks #1 and #4.* Arrangers: Sid Feller, Larry Mohuberac, James Polk, Harry Goodnight.

Crossover/Atlantic 19251, 1979-09.
* Information kindly provided by Steve Sigmund and Peter Turre. 

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