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Genius Sings the Blues [Import]

Ray CharlesAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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 (December 2, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B000056OZV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Early In The Mornin
2. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
3. The Midnight Hour
4. The Right Time
5. Feelin Sad
6. Rays Blues
7. Im Movin On
8. I Believe To My Soul
9. Nobody Cares
10. Mr Charles Blues
11. Some Day Baby
12. I Wonder Who

Editorial Reviews

Import only remastered reissue of 1961 album. 12 tracks. Packaged in a digipak. Warner. 2001.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles 1930-2004. One of our gods is gone now June 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's a very sad year.Since last April,Claude Williams,Barney Kessel,Elvin Jones,Rick Henderson,John LaPorta,Steve Lacy and Ray Charles are gone.
How could I write about such a legend as Ray Charles ? Of course he was a "child" of Nat "King" Cole;of course,he was influenced by Charles Brown;of course,he was influenced by many other great black musicians,but mostly,he was Ray Charles,just like Duke,Trane,Monk,Armstrong or Billie were; just a giant in the history of music;just an incredible musician who mixed a lot of different influences,including Nat Cole,T.Bone Walker,Big Maceo,Count Basie,Duke Ellington,and many more.
This outstanding CD from the great Atlantic recorded works by Ray Charles is completely dedicated to the blues,and each and every track is a marvel,even if "Mr Charles blues" isn't a Ray Charles original,but a T.Bone Walker's one;same thing for "Some day baby",who was written by the very great Big Maceo Merryweather (1905-1953),one of the most terrific blues piano players;who used to play during the fourties with the slide guitar wizard,Mr Tampa Red ( Hudson Whittaker ).
You should,no,you have to own this album only for Ray Charles' version of the immense "some day baby" ;nobody ever gave such a tribute to Big Maceo.Without him,and a handful of other musicians,including Tampa Red,and the very underrated Robert Nighthawk,(maybe the most magnificent bottleneck player with Tampa),the Chicago blues wouldn't have existed."Some day baby" really is an incredible highlight in Ray Charles' career.This is really very great black music.The blues is everywhere,and Ray Charles' piano and voice are absolutely amazing.Essential.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all! February 16, 2006
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There really isn't much to say here. This is Ray at the height of his powers. His next phase into Country seems a little strange if you only heard his Blues and R&B work. But this collection is a wonderful representation of Ray's first love, the Blues. If you can only afford one CD of Ray Charles, this would be the one to purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE HIGH PRIEST January 9, 2007
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I'S TRUE...'THE "GENIUS" SINGS THE BLUES'.....AS ONLY HE COULD DO!! Awesome Blues, Soul, County, Ballads, Gospel - whatever he did - HE DID IT BETTER!! One of my "idols" - growing up in the 60's!! You'll never go wrong buying any of Ray Charles "works"....GUARANTEED!! TAKE IT FROM ME...I HAVE EVERYING HE'S EVER DONE!!! AND CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HIS "WORKS"!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This album is not "live" April 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just a friendly consumer announcement: This album consists of readily available studio tracks with live crowd applause dubbed over them, along with a few previously released live tracks available on "Ray Charles in Person" and "The Gold Collection" from Retro (the latter now available in improved form on the recent budget release "Genius of Soul Live" from Fine Tune). The sound is also sub-par. ...
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Ray, Hate This CD November 5, 2006
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Totally disappointed in the quality of these recordings. It says "remastered". Maybe so, but not in a good way. Sound level varies from song to song, but always low. Staticky with lots of noise. Difficult to hear vocals. I should have known better than to buy an $18.99 album with so few songs, that is not available for preview.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius May 17, 2014
By zelmo
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One of the genius things about Charles is how he drew from every musical form and made it his own. Brilliant album, a joy to listen to,
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