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The Genius of Ray Charles

Artist: Charles Ray (Recorded By)

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Label: Warner Music
Album: The Genius of Ray Charles
# Song Title   Time
1)    Let the Good Times Roll
2)    It Had to Be You
3)    Alexander's Ragtime Band
4)    Two Years of Torture
5)    When Your Lover Has Gone
6)    Deed I Do
7)    Just For a Thrill
8)    You Won't Let Me Go
9)    Tell Me You'll Wait For Me
10)    Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'
11)    Am I Blue
12)    Come Rain or Come Shine

Performer Notes
  • Neither pop nor jazz, once again Charles is hard to categorize even though many of the musicians have strong jazz credentials; Paul Gonsalves, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims and Bob Brookmeyer, for example. The album's strength (in addition to Brother Ray) lies in the choice of classic songs matched with lush orchestration. Ray's soulful voice will break hearts on 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'', 'Just For A Thrill' and the ultimate song for hopeless romantics, Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen's starry-eyed 'Come Rain Or Come Shine'. The excellent recording, particularly with Ray's up-front vocals, is the work of Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Bill Schwartau.

Professional Reviews
Q (5/00, p.134) - Included in Q Magazine's "Best Soul Albums Of All Time" - "...Finds the great man swinging, emoting, cajoling and laughing his way through a selection of standards that he makes his exudes pure class."

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:21 March, 2005


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This is a rather tepid set of jazz standards that lacks any of the firey soul and gospel vocals that Charles has become known for. There are some good songs here and there, and the musicians play quite well, but the choice of songs and the stale big band arrangements really works against the album. It may have sounded great in its time, but, unlike most of Charles' work, it has dated rapidly and to 21st century ears it just sounds dull.

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