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R&B innovator Ray Charles was one of the most important musicians of the 1950s. Despite being blind from childhood, he was hugely successful at fusing elements of blues, country, gospel and doo-wop together to form a kind of proto-soul.

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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B002HWUU4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alabamy Bound
2. Georgia On My Mind
3. Basin Street Blues
4. Mississippi Mud
5. Moonlight in Vermont
6. New York's My Home
7. California, Here I Come
8. Moon Over Miami
9. Deep in the Heart of Texas
10. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny [featuring the Raeletts]
11. Blue Hawaii
12. Chattanooga Choo-Choo
13. Hit The Road Jack
14. Sentimental Journey
15. Blue Moon of Kentucky [Swingova]
16. Rainy Night in Georgia
17. The Long and Winding Road
18. I Was on Georgia Time
19. Take Me Home, Country Roads

Editorial Reviews

Ray first cracked the pop-album Top 10 with this 1960 LP, which saw him visiting states across the U.S. and classic songs from the past. Includes seven bonus cuts; the #1 hits Georgia on My Mind and Hit the Road Jack , plus Basin Street Blues; Rainy Night in Georgia; Blue Hawaii; Alabamy Bound , and more!

Customer Reviews

I received the HALLMARK/Pickwick 2011 CD #710362.
Rodney Kirk
This album contains some of the absolute swingingest Ray Charles this side of Chattanooga.
"ooscott"
HiS VOICE&THE MUSIC just flow.the arrangements are solid.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "ooscott" on August 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Theme albums don't always work according to plan. Don't take my word for it. Just listen to Carly Simon's "Film Noir" or k.d.lang's "Drag" and you'll catch my drift. But with the genius plotting the course, it's money in the bank you won't go astray. This album contains some of the absolute swingingest Ray Charles this side of Chattanooga. Dig Ray's heartfelt reading of Moonlight in Vermont or Georgia On My Mind. And wait until you hear him yukin' it up on Deep In the Heart of Texas and my favorite New York's My Home, where he applies just the right amount of gleeful good humor. Hit the road runnin' and pick up on this one. It's a sure fire winner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Rocketman on November 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Thank Rhino for reissuing this overlooked album. This was his first after he split from Atlantic for ABC/Paramount. People like to think that his ABC/Paramount period starts with MODERN SOUNDS, but you can see the "road" Ray's traveling with this album. Most of the orchestration is done with a lot of taste and not syrupy as might plague some later recordings. These cuts sound classic today and not dated -- well, except for the silliness over Deep in the Heart of Texas.

Enjoy this album for more than Ray's signature tune of Georgia on my Mind, Ray's solo on Moon over Miami, for example. The bonus cuts complete the experience. This album will help bridge those who only know Ray from his Atlantic years into the rest of his career - about a 40 year period!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's more than just possible that the legacy of Ray Charles music on ABC-Paramount in the early 60's is entirely misunderstood. So much has been said about his using this period of career to corner the "pop market",i.e white people,etc. Well what most people at this point might not realize was how shrewd Ray was in regard to his musical choices. This was a guy who was in love with the music of Hank Williams and Nat King Cole in his youth so the joining of jazz,gospel,country and blues with pop that made up soul music beginnings was by now second nature to him. The elements had always been there and all he really did with his music of this era is bump up the orchestral elements a little bit. At any rate this is a spectacular album from a spectacular musician: not only does it emphasize more then the always mixed passions of that voice of his but his way around his own musical flavors AND (yes) his great blues/jazz piano style. Also here is "Georgia On My Mind" and....well I cannot say anymore about that song that hasn't already been said. During a period when concepts albums were rare,especially in the relatively new R&B world of the time. Ray offers one up here and a really good one for a hard touring performer such as himself: life on the road. The range of song range from standards to traditional (there is a difference,by the way) songs done up as only Ray can do them. "Alabamy Bound","Basin Street Blues","Mississippi Mud", "California,Here I Come" and "Moon Over Miami" all make the best use of that great big band soul/jazz sound that Ray had made the base of his well rounded and distinctive sound. One of the things that make treatments of...Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When Ray Charles left Atlantic for ABC-Paramount, he also sought to expand his stardom on the pop carts, solidifying the crossover success he'd begun with the single "What'd I Say" and the album The Genius of Ray Charles. The first outing for his new label was this 12-song release, whose travel- and place-related theme was sufficiently broad to leave Charles room to roam. The song list was compiled from numbers familiar to Charles, and others pitched by his new producer Sid Feller. The titles include tin pan alley classics, Dixieland standards, trad jazz and pop numbers and even the nineteenth century minstrel tune, sung here as gospel with the Raeletts, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny."

The productions are backed by brassy orchestrations, lush strings and chorused vocals, leaving only short spaces for piano and sax solos. The upbeat numbers are sizzling, swinging supper club jazz, and the ballads, especially Charles' tour de force interpretation of Hoagy Charmichael's "Georgia on My Mind," are deeply soulful. A few of the songs play like novelties today (and perhaps did so in 1960), but Charles gives each his complete his attention and has fun on lighter numbers such as the boastful "New York's My Home" and the gleeful "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." Still, even Charles' effort can't save a jokey call-and-response version of "Deep in the Heart of Texas."

By this point in his career, Charles was marketing himself more as a vocalist than a pianist, but his mastery of the keys can be heard in the rolling notes of "Basin Street Blues" and the dreamy flights of "Moonlight in Vermont.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Kirk on September 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Thank goodness the Concord Music Group has the rights to Ray Charles' ABC Paramount catalogue ( which they are re-issueing with meticulous care and attention + bonus trax ). I've been waiting for the CD version of this album, having had my vinyl copy stolen, and purchased a copy from Amazon in France. I received the HALLMARK/Pickwick 2011 CD #710362. It turned out to be a bad transfer from a vinyl LP complete with clicks, pops and surface noise! Obviously they felt that was acceptable - since it was more than 50 years old and out of copyright. BE WARNED - do NOT buy this version, the CONCORD version is from the original tapes and has been re-mastered beautifully AND had seven bonus trax!! Boo Hiss to Hallmark/Pickwick who've had the nerve to put "ORIGINAL RECORDING" on the cover on their rip-off.
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