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
- Let the Good Times Roll (Sam Theard, Fleecie Moore) – 2:53
- It Had to Be You (Gus Kahn, Isham Jones) – 2:45
- Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin) – 2:53
- Two Years of Torture (Percy Mayfield, Charles Joseph Morris) – 3:25
- When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan) – 2:51
- Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 2:27
- Just for a Thrill (Lil Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye) – 3:26
- You Won’t Let Me Go (Bud Allen, Buddy Johnson) – 3:22
- Tell Me You’ll Wait for Me (Charles Brown, Oscar Moore) – 3:25
- Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’ (Joe Greene) – 3:46
- Am I Blue? (Grant Clarke, Harry Akst) – 3:41
- Come Rain or Come Shine (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) – 3:42
Release Date: 1959
Genre: R&B – Blues – Jazz – Pop/Rock
Styles: Early R&B – Soul – Soul Jazz – Urban Blues
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