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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Special Something - The Ray Charles Singers

California Dreamin'
A Special Something
The Ray Charles Singers
12 Big Beautiful Songs
Musical Arrangements: Ray Charles
Originated and Produced by Loren Becker and Robert Byrne
Recording Engineer: C. R. Fine and George Piros
Stereo and Monaural Mastering: George Piros
Art Director: Daniel Pezza
Command Records RS 914 SD
Grand Award Record Co., Inc.

From the inside cover: Ray Charles, who always writes the arrangements for his Singers, also wrote the orchestra arrangements (except for Cabaret: Dick Hyman wrote this arrangement based on a sketch by Ray Charles). Ray took on the orchestral assignment with a little trepidation.

"The last time I wrote for an orchestra was in 1943 when I was in the Navy." he said. "I know the figures that I want to hear but I'm not always certain what instruments they should be played on. But," he added with a philosophic smile, "maybe that leads to freshness."

From Billboard - July 1, 1967: Here's another winner for the Ray Charles Singers. The combination of full orchestra and voices, lushly blended, provides real easy listening. There's the usual assortment of show tunes, and the recent pop hit, "California Dreamin'," all done in the smooth Ray Charles style.

Music To Watch Girls By
Theme From "The Sand Pebbles" (From "And We Were Lovers")
Little By Little And Bit By Bit
Sunrise, Sunset (From "Fiddler On The Roof")
Bless Your Heart
A Big Beautiful Ball (From "Not With My Wife, You Don't)
Step By Step
California Dreamin'
Cabaret (From "Cabaret")
Walking Happy (From "Walking Happy)
Alfie (From "Alfie")
Birds Of A Feather (Yeh-Yeh-Yeh)

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