Picks and Pans Review: Do I Ever Cross Your Mind

updated 06/04/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/04/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Ray Charles

Georgia boy that he is, Charles hasn't had to strain to sound countrier and countrier lately. It's especially gratifying to hear him lay that wonderfully textured, plaintive voice on the material of this album. The title tune, previously recorded by Cher and Micheal Smotherman (who wrote it with Dorsey Burnette), is a contemporary song that Charles can sink his emotions into. So is the sensual, bluesy (All I Wanna Do Is) Lay Around and Love on You by David Gillon and Bobby David. Workin' Man's Woman sounds a little too much like one of Merle Haggard's pop-proletarian ditties. But this is nevertheless a splendidly conceived and executed LP by one of the certifiable masters of American music. (Columbia)

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