Sweet & Sour Tears

Sweet & Sour Tears

by Ray Charles
     
 
One of a series of ultra-loose concept albums Ray Charles cut in the '60s, this one is dedicated entirely to songs with titles or lyrical references to crying and tears. It's an excuse for Charles to choose his usual varied menu of upbeat jumpers, slow countrified weepers, and proudly saccharine pop standards. The production, as one might fear, also tends to the

Overview

One of a series of ultra-loose concept albums Ray Charles cut in the '60s, this one is dedicated entirely to songs with titles or lyrical references to crying and tears. It's an excuse for Charles to choose his usual varied menu of upbeat jumpers, slow countrified weepers, and proudly saccharine pop standards. The production, as one might fear, also tends to the lachrymose side on the slow tunes, with the thick strings and backup vocals straight out of TV variety shows. One is almost tempted to think that Charles was toying with audience expectations by mixing unabashedly sentimental slow tunes with the far more bluesy, satisfying, and upbeat numbers, such as "Don't Cry, Baby" and "Baby, Don't You Cry," as well as his surprisingly brassy, punchy treatment of "Cry Me a River." These outings have always played much better with critics than the gloppy pop tunes, and for good reason -- they are much better. The Rhino CD reissue adds seven bonus tracks from throughout his early career (1956-1971) that also tapped into the "crying" motif. These threaten to steal the show from the Sweet & Sour Tears album it's supposedly embellishing, including the Bacharach/David penned 1964 single "I Wake Up Crying," the smoldering 1966 album track "No Use Crying," and the 1956 R&B chart-topper "Drown in My Own Tears," next to which much of the rest of the program sounds positively hokey.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/1997
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227284428
catalogNumber:
72844

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Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
James Clay   Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Julian Priester   Trombone
Bob Thompson   Drums
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Don Wilkerson   Tenor Saxophone
Cookies   Background Vocals
Oliver Beener   Trumpet
Joe Bridgewater   Trumpet
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Leroy Cooper   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Forrest   Guitar
Panama Francis   Drums
Burgess Gardner   Trumpet
Philip Guilbeau   Trumpet
Wilbert G.T. Hogan   Drums
John Hunt   Trumpet
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Marty Paich   Conductor
Curt Miller   Trumpet
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Raelettes   Background Vocals
Danny Turner   Alto Saxophone
Edgar Willis   Bass
Joshua Willis   Trumpet
Harold "Geezil" Minerve   Alto Saxophone
Jack Halloran   Background Vocals
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
Paul E. West   Bass

Technical Credits

Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Calvin Jackson   Arranger
Roy Gaines   Composer
Joe Adams   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Sid Feller   Arranger,Producer
Eddie Gorodetsky   Liner Notes
Phil Macy   Engineer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Bill Putnam   Engineer
Rick Ward   Liner Notes
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Terry Howard   Original Master Transfers,Re-Calibration
Rachel Gutek   Reissue Design
Patrick Milligan   Discographical Annotation
Maria Villar   Contributor
Howard Moorehead   Contributor
Joe Lebow   Contributor,Cover Design
Churchill Kohlman   Composer
Johnny B. Daniels   Composer
Freddy Kober   Composer

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