Ray Charles – The Genius Of Ray Charles (1959)

Ray Charles’ “The Genius of Ray Charles” is a landmark album that showcases the incredible talent of one of the greatest musicians of all time. Released in 1959, the album features Charles’ distinctive blend of blues, R&B, gospel, and jazz, and includes some of his most iconic recordings. Here’s a track listing for the album, along with a brief review of each track:

“Let the Good Times Roll” – This upbeat track is a perfect opener, with Charles’ powerful vocals driving the song forward.

“It Had to Be You” – Charles’ soulful take on this classic jazz standard is a highlight of the album, with his emotive vocals backed by a swinging big band arrangement.

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” – Charles’ soulful interpretation of this Irving Berlin classic is a joy to listen to, with his expressive piano playing and powerful vocals.

“Two Years of Torture” – A slower, bluesier track, “Two Years of Torture” is a showcase for Charles’ gritty vocals and soulful piano playing.

“When Your Lover Has Gone” – Another classic jazz standard, Charles’ rendition of “When Your Lover Has Gone” is a standout, with his heartfelt vocals backed by a lush orchestral arrangement.

“Deed I Do” – This upbeat track features Charles’ signature blend of R&B and jazz, with some impressive piano solos thrown in for good measure.

“Just for a Thrill” – One of the album’s most soulful tracks, “Just for a Thrill” features Charles’ emotive vocals and a beautiful string arrangement.

“You Won’t Let Me Go” – Another slow, bluesy number, “You Won’t Let Me Go” is a showcase for Charles’ raw, emotional vocals and soulful piano playing.

“Tell Me You’ll Wait for Me” – Charles’ interpretation of this blues standard is a highlight of the album, with his soulful vocals backed by a swinging big band arrangement.

“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'” – A classic R&B track, “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'” features some impressive guitar work and Charles’ powerful vocals.

“Am I Blue” – Charles’ soulful take on this classic torch song is a standout, with his expressive vocals backed by a lush orchestral arrangement.

“Come Rain or Come Shine” – The album’s closing track is a stunning rendition of this classic Harold Arlen tune, with Charles’ emotive vocals and soulful piano playing bringing the song to life.

Overall, “The Genius of Ray Charles” is a timeless classic that showcases the incredible talent of one of the greatest musicians of all time. With its blend of blues, R&B, gospel, and jazz, the album remains a landmark in American music, and is a must-have for any fan of Ray Charles or classic soul and R&B.

 

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