Sweet & Sour Tears

Sweet & Sour Tears
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Studio album by
Released March 1964
Recorded 1964
Genre R&B, soul, country soul
Label ABC 480
Producer Ray Charles, Sid Feller
Ray Charles chronology
Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul
(1963)
Sweet & Sour Tears
(1964)
Have a Smile with Me
(1964)

Sweet & Sour Tears is a 1964 album by Ray Charles. It is a concept album featuring songs with titles or lyrics referring to crying. In 1997, Rhino Records reissued the album on compact disc with seven bonus tracks from his early career (1956-1971) that added to the "crying" theme.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

The album is included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981).[2] He later hailed the Rhino reissue as the best of the label's reissue program for Charles' ABC albums, saying both producer Sid Feller and the bonus tracks were suited for the original album's crying theme.[3]

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Cry" (Churchill Kohlman) – 3:34
  2. "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 4:20
  3. "A Tear Fell" (Eugene Randolph, Dorian Burton) – 2:45
  4. "No One to Cry To" (Sid Robin, Foy Glenn Willing) – 2:43
  5. "You've Got Me Crying Again" (Isham Jones, Charles Newman) – 2:52
  6. "After My Laughter Came Tears" (Charles Tobias, Roy Turk) – 3:13

Side two

  1. "Teardrops from My Eyes" (Rudolph Toombs) – 3:29
  2. "Don't Cry Baby" (Saul Bernie, James P. Johnson, Stella Unger) – 3:09
  3. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton) – 3:20
  4. "Baby, Don't You Cry" (Buddy Johnson, Ned Washington) – 2:40
  5. "Willow, Weep for Me" (Ann Ronell) – 4:37
  6. "I Cried for You" (Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman, Gus Arnheim) – 2:40

Bonus tracks (1997 CD release)

  1. "My Heart Cries for You" (Carl Sigman, Percy Faith) – 2:51
  2. "I Wake Up Crying" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:00
  3. "Drown in My Own Tears" (Henry Glover) – 3:21
  4. "Teardrops in My Heart" (Vaughn Horton) – 3:05
  5. "Crying Time" (Buck Owens) – 2:58
  6. "No Use Crying" (Freddie Lee Kober, J.B. Daniels, Roy Gaines) – 3:19
  7. "Tired of My Tears" (Jimmy Holiday, Jimmy Lewis) – 2:23

Personnel

Technical
  • Bill Putnam, Phil Macy – engineer
  • Joe Lebow – design
  • Howard Morehead – photography

References

  1. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Sweet & Sour Tears - Ray Charles | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "A Basic Record Library: The Fifties and Sixties". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 8, 2004). "The Genius at Work". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 21, 2018.

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