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The Genius of Ray Charles [Import]

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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 (January 24, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Why you'd want to limit yourself to owning just one Ray Charles album is a question only you can answer, but if that's the case, The Genius is a strong contender for the slot. Half big-band settings of tunes as diverse as "Let the Good Times Roll," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and half string-drenched ballads like "Just for a Thrill" and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'," this 1959 disc lives up to its title in more ways than there's room here to count. Suffice it to say that the album finds Charles at a peak of musical and emotional energy, working in thoroughly sympathetic settings with perfectly matched soloists like tenor men Paul Gonsalves and David "Fathead" Newman and arrangers on the order of Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns. And the closing cut, "Come Rain or Come Shine," may be Charles's single greatest performance. --Rickey Wright

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DISC 11. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL2. IT HAD TO BE YOU3. ALEXANDERand#039;S RAGTIME BAND4. TWO YEARS OF TORTURE5. WHEN YOUR LOVE HAS GONE6. DEED I DO I7. JUST FOR A THRILL I8. YOU WONand#039;T LET ME GO9. TELL ME YOUand#039;LL WAIT FOR ME10. DONand#039;T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING11. AM I BLUE12. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Ray Charles passed away today and the reason everybody is talking about him as the creator of soul music is because no other musician did more to develop the form. There is no argument that other singers, such as Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, were influential in pioneering soul music but it was Ray Charles who merged 1950's R&B with gospel-powered vocals into a new form of black pop music. This 1959 album produced by Atlantic Records lives up to its title, but you have to remember that this was originally a record album. That is not because "The Genius of Ray Charles" sounds old but because there are clearly two distinct sides to the album.
The "A" side has the Ray Charles band being complemented by members of the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington (such as David "Fathead" Newman and Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet) playing a half-dozen songs arranged by Quincy Jones. "It Had to Be You" and the old Irving Berlin standard "Alexander's Ragtime Band" are the most familiar songs, but the two best on the first half of the album are "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Deed I Do."
The "B" side consists of six ballads, arranged by Ralph Burns with the backing of a string orchestra. The two standout tracks here are "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'" and the final track, the truly outstanding version of Mercer & Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine." With all the orchestration Charles' piano playing is lost in the mix but what stands out is his voice. In terms of the vocal phrasing he displays on these ballads this is really a breakthrough album in terms of the singing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Music Genius, Re-mastering Not April 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
BUYER BEWARE: To date (June 2008), this is the only review for this particular product. The other reviews pasted in here by Amazon refer to the original version of this CD. If you want to spend more for an inferior product, then by all means, purchase this !

This is vintage Ray Charles, recorded at age 27. The music itself gets 5 stars for sure. It's clearly oriented toward the jazz/blues side of things, rather than Ray's better known R & B side. The first 6 songs are big band arrangements, with a nice variety of tempos (including a couple of wonderful ballads). The last 6 songs are all ballads, with simple, but lush orchestral arrangements with strings and background vocals. Naturally, Ray's vocals are featured throughout, and he's in top form. I love most of these songs, especially the ballads.

I've owned the original 1990 Atlantic CD for several years, but always thought the album could really benefit from re-mastering. Thus, I ordered this 2005 import, which turned out to be in the Atlantic Masters series (made in Europe). I own a few other CDs in this series, and have been quite pleased with the audio quality. I WISH I could say the same about this one, but IT AIN'T SO. While there IS improved detail and clarity, some of the dynamics and warmth has somehow been lost. Overall, I like the original CD version better than this new one. Hopefully someday this classic recording will undergo a better re-mastering.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Audio Disaster November 3, 2012
Format:Vinyl
All of the songs on this album with a couple of exceptions, are favorites of mine. This HQ 180 gram Rhino Vinyl Reissue, pressed by RTI, obstensibly comes from the original master tapes. However,if true,the original mastering leaves much to be desired. The original recording engineers were Bill Schwartau and Tom Dowd. I have a very revealing high-end system that clearly demonstrates the audio shortcomings of this album. Its lack of clarity from an abundance of distortion, and the absence of musical elements(Ray's piano) from the mix make it extremely difficult to genuinely enjoy Ray Charles's "Genius".

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The peak July 27, 2003
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This album boldly declares Ray Charles' genius. I've never heard anybody argue with the appelation. When this came out, he was established as a brilliant R&B singer, songwriter and performer. Here he hooks up (on what was side one) with an all-star jazz big band, featuring players from both Basie and Ellington, to make music that is hard to categorize as anything other than Ray. His piano envelopes the whole group in his R&B style, so while it's a lot of jazz players displaying their jazz chops, the result is something else. Then, on what was side 2, he takes another turn, playing with a small combo and a huge orchestra--pointing the way, with cuts like "You Won't Let Me Go" toward his brilliant take on country & western, and toward his (recently-unearthed) collaboration with Jimmy Scott on his timeless version of "Come Rain or Come Shine."
You can't really review this album, because it puts to shame all the other 5-star ratings I've given on Amazon. Every cut on here is a classic, a pathbreaker, a rich emotional experience, and a swinging time will be had by all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best December 21, 2001
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Several great musical traditions flow through this album. How many albums have songs by Percy Mayfield as well as Irving Berlin, or big band arrangements by Quincy Jones as well as strings arranged by Ralph Burns? Nobody could bring it all together like Ray Charles; in his hands, it's all just great American music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars so happy
thanks so much! I love my new ray charles album :)
Published 21 days ago by Sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
Genius came out while I was in college, and it brings back many wonderful memories. Just for a Thrill was very special.
Published 3 months ago by David A. Mulkey
5.0 out of 5 stars HIS GREATEST HITS
Charles spent the Fifties working hard to pioneer his own sound: fusing jazz,gospel and the blues into the new soul style that reshaped American music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by socalbiga
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Purchased as a gift for my son. He loves it! He has begun collecting vinyl records and this was just what he wanted.
Published 14 months ago by Carol H Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound
The things that can be done with mono records that are over 50 years old is just amazing. This is an SACD that is stereo only, but what an awesome job with the limited source... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Neuman
3.0 out of 5 stars Half a good album for its age
NOTE: This review refers to the high-res (96 kHz/24 bit) download from HDTracks, not the CD.

On the tunes in which Ray is backed by a great band performing jazz charts... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dennis Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great CD
I can't really say more than I am so happy with this CD. It sounds great, the music is great and of course, the Genius is great.
Published on January 4, 2011 by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars strong album of songs by the immortal Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles is an excellent album that thankfully made its way to CD form. Ray Charles was one of the greatest entertainers ever; and the songs on this CD prove it. Read more
Published on June 16, 2009 by Matthew G. Sherwin
5.0 out of 5 stars "...High As A Mountain...Deep As A River..."
At the age of 27, Ray Charles had already put out a half-dozen albums of superlative Fifties R 'n' B - but it was time for him and Atlantic Records to make a change - and the... Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars The best days of our lives
Oh yeah, yes, Of course, splendid, wonderful, who gave you this number?, and razzle dazzle flip side Bermuda septuplets. Read more
Published on May 21, 2009 by Dain Van Epps
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