The Genius Hits the Road

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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."]
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  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072316706
  • Catalog Number: 31670

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
The 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
Richard Nash Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
William Peeples Drums
The Raelettes Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Roosevelt Sheffield Bass
Kenny Shroyer Trombone
Milt Turner Drums
Edgar Willis Bass
Jack Halloran Choir 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
Bob Fisher Remastering
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
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
Jerome Doc Pomus Composer
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