Wednesday, January 05, 2011


Friendship was originally released in 1984, and is a series of duets that Ray Charles did with country artists. It was great then, and it is still terrific now.  It was Ray's third album after signing with Columbia in the early 80's. He had long been a fan of duets, and this album gave him a chance to sing with some of the top country and western artists who were signed with Columbia and Epic Records at the time. The album was a little slow to take off, but once "Seven Spanish Angels" with Willie Nelson hit the airwaves as a single, the single and the album quickly climbed to number one on the country and western charts. This album is a fun listen and me and my rock n roll buddies used to play this right alongside Def Leppard and Billy Idol back in the 80's. Of course the masterpiece from this album is Seven Spanish Angels. If one listens to this track and you don't get a lump in your throat then you might possibly have no soul. Once hard to find, the album was reissued back in 2005 with two bonus tracks featuring Billy Joel and Tony Bennett. A joy to listen to, you can tell Ray and friends had a lot of fun making this album.

We Didn't See A Thing (With G. Jones and C. Atkins)
Seven Spanish Angels (With Willie Nelson)
Buy It

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