COMMENTS: Perhaps only Ray Charles could make a record that hurts this bad while grooving this hard.  Start with that insistently honking sax riff and that little burst of trumpet punctuation before the vocal starts, and add in the quickly paced conga sounding drums.  Add those elements one at a time, plus the lead vocal and female harmoies, then stop it dead for a split second.  The man knew what he was doing.

Oh, what a beautiful agony.  Check out the heartsickness in the melody, the hurt in the jump to "heart."   Poor Ray is anxious, begging for release from a one sided love affair.  Notice how he gets his vocal effects not  by straining himself and risking a hernia (like Michael Bolton), but by subtle nuances - leaning on certain words, a little louder ("life of MISery") or perhaps with extra rasp ("spell"), or drawing them out a little against the beat.

How is it that this guy's records have ended up put in the "easy listening" or "MOR" sections of the record store?


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