The Genius of Ray Charlesby Ray Charles
Some players from Ray Charles' big band are joined by many ringers from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands for the first half of this program, featuring Charles belting out six songs arranged by Quincy Jones. "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Deed I Do" are highlights, and there are solos by tenorman David "Fathead" Newman, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, and (on "Two Years of Torture") tenor Paul Gonsalves. The remaining six numbers are ballads, with Charles backed by a string orchestra arranged by Ralph Burns (including "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'"). Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards.
- Release Date:
- Rhino/Wea Uk
Performance CreditsRay Charles Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Technical CreditsTom Dowd Engineer
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Bill Schwartau Engineer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Marvin Israel Cover Design
Bud Allen Composer
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
In 1964 I made a considerable nuisance of myself in a Bournemouth record store looking for the "best" Charles LP I could find. After several hours the assistant brought this one and I listened all through before buying it. Despite the "Genius" title Ray has had some rotten albums released over the years, two of which have exactly the same title as this one. It is easy to make a mistake, witness B&N have the wrong picture displayed for this album. Last year I tried ordering this album from the Brazilian river company and they fobbed me off with that (Deuce) one, it is comparative junk. Well done B&N for sending the right one. There are 12 tracks and the worst one I would rate as good. More than half are absolutely superlative. The big band brass sections are in need of digital cleanup but if you have Winamp and a DSP such as DFX and/or Dee you can do this yourself, regardless the quality is still pretty good and the emotional power of these tracks shine through. So after 40 years of listening, yes 5 stars.
OMG. If you have heard about Ray but never HEARD Ray, this is the one to start with. Curiously my copy did not have "Sweet 16 bars" or simular title that my old LP had. Never the less, a solid smart choice.