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Genius Hits the Road
     

The Genius Hits the Road

by Ray Charles
 

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In keeping with his jazz/pop crossover ambitions, Ray Charles decided to record a concept album of sorts with a dozen songs devoted to various parts of the U.S. -- "Alabamy Bound," "Georgia on My Mind," "Moonlight in Vermont," "California, Here I Come," "Blue Hawaii," and more. The crossover vibe is further heightened by the brassy big-band arrangements, and material

Overview

In keeping with his jazz/pop crossover ambitions, Ray Charles decided to record a concept album of sorts with a dozen songs devoted to various parts of the U.S. -- "Alabamy Bound," "Georgia on My Mind," "Moonlight in Vermont," "California, Here I Come," "Blue Hawaii," and more. The crossover vibe is further heightened by the brassy big-band arrangements, and material from the likes of Al Jolson and Hoagy Carmichael. It sounds a bit corny now, with an in-your-face gung-ho cheer. But it did what Charles wanted it to do, reaching the Top Ten of the album charts, and spinning off a big hit with "Georgia on My Mind." ]The 1997 CD reissue on Rhino adds seven bonus tracks from 1956-1972 that also had a travel/geographic theme, and the best of these are actually the highlights of the record, most notably "Hit the Road Jack," "Lonely Avenue," and his cover of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On."]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072316706
catalogNumber:
31670

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Mel Lewis   Drums
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Cookies   Vocals
Martin Banks   Trumpet
Harry Betts   Trombone
Joe Bridgewater   Trumpet
Bruno Carr   Percussion
Leroy Cooper   Baritone Saxophone
Teagle Fleming   Drums
Philip Guilbeau   Trumpet
Ricky Harper   Trumpet
Margie Hendrix   Background Vocals
John Hunt   Trumpet
Dick Nash   Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
William Peeples   Drums
Raelettes   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Roosevelt Sheffield   Bass
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Milt Turner   Drums
Edgar Willis   Bass
Jack Halloran   Vocals
John Blain Hunt   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Ray Charles   Producer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
John Burk   Executive Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Sid Feller   Producer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Rick Ward   Liner Notes
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Rachel Gutek   Reissue Design
Patrick Milligan   Discographical Annotation
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
John Blackburn   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Jimmy Hole   Reissue Package Design
Viceroy   Cover Design
Chris Clough   Producer
June Hershey   Composer

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