Ray Charles – The Genius Of Ray Charles

Ray Charles – The Genius Of Ray Charles

The Genius of Ray Charles is a 1959 album by Ray Charles. The Genius of Ray Charles announced his breakout from rhythm and blues and onto a broader musical stage. Atlantic Records gave Charles full support in production and arrangements. As originally presented, the A side of the album featured the Ray Charles band with David “Fathead” Newman supplemented by players from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands, and arrangements by Quincy Jones.

The B side of the original album consists of six ballads with arrangements by Ralph Burns and a large string orchestra. Charles’s performance of “Come Rain or Come Shine”, a song identified with Frank Sinatra, brought public attention to his voice alone without the “distractions” of his soulful piano and his snappy band.
Each side contains a tribute to Louis Jordan with two songs he had hits with “Let the Good Times Roll” and (“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”).


The Genius Of Ray Charles – Tracklist

  1. Let the Good Times Roll (Sam Theard, Fleecie Moore) – 2:53
  2. It Had to Be You (Gus Kahn, Isham Jones) – 2:45
  3. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin) – 2:53
  4. Two Years of Torture (Percy Mayfield, Charles Joseph Morris) – 3:25
  5. When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan) – 2:51
  6. Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 2:27
  7. Just for a Thrill (Lil Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye) – 3:26
  8. You Won’t Let Me Go (Bud Allen, Buddy Johnson) – 3:22
  9. Tell Me You’ll Wait for Me (Charles Brown, Oscar Moore) – 3:25
  10. Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’ (Joe Greene) – 3:46
  11. Am I Blue? (Grant Clarke, Harry Akst) – 3:41
  12. Come Rain or Come Shine (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) – 3:42

Release Date: 1959
Duration: 37:58
Genre: R&B – Blues – Jazz – Pop/Rock
Styles: Early R&B – Soul – Soul Jazz – Urban Blues

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