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The Genius of Ray Charles

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With 1959’s The Genius of Ray Charles, the maestro produced a cinematic expansion of his rollicking, heartrending R&B. In the first half, big-band arrangements transform “’Deed I Do” and “Let the Good Times Roll” from beat-up pickup trucks into shiny, new Cadillacs. In the second half, a string orchestra elevates ballads like “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and “Am I Blue” into luxurious expressions of loss and loneliness. Through it all, Ray’s voice channels the rough-hewn emotion that was often lacking in an era of candy-flavored crooners.

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my favorite

this is my favorite Ray Charles recording. i wore out the vinyl and when I got it on CD there was a lot of distortion on the original masters that didn't translate well to CD. Still hearing some of it on the MP3s but sounds as if it has been remasted. The distortion is on the piano and on the big section of the big band, To me these are his classic vocal recordings!

Come Rain or Come Shine...

Ray's vocal on this track is stunningly beautiful. The rest of course is brilliant too.


This is one of the most beautiful songs! He is so powerful in this song! I love Ray! You should buy this song/album


Born: September 23, 1930 in Albany, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis...
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