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The Genius Sings The Blues [lp] (180 GR ) [VINYL]

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“I’ve recorded with so many amazing artists in my career but never on a duets album of my own. I thought it was timeto have some of the friends that I love and the artists that I admire come into my studio and sing with me live, the way we did it in the old days,” explains Ray Charles on the genesis of Genius Loves Company. “All the guests brought their own magic to ... Read more in Amazon's Ray Charles Store

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Limited numbered audiophile reissue. Half-speed mastering from the original master tapes.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Ray Charles 1930-2004. One of our gods is gone now 13 Jun. 2004
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF - Published on
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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The title says it all! 16 Feb. 2006
By Lee Blair - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Sebastian Sanfilippo - Published on
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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"!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This album is not "live" 27 April 2003
By David J. Rosen - Published on
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. ...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ray Puts 12 Big Scoops Into His Ingenious Recipe Of Soul 23 Sept. 2014
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of the key factors that made the late Ray Charles Robinson the musical icon he become in the two or three decades before his passing was the fact that,if blues came from the crossroads than Brother Ray was crossing the musical interaction. During his salad years of the late 50's/early 60's there was hard bop jazz,urban electric blues and country/western music all somehow playing on jukeboxes in black communities all over America. Ray Charles had reflected this all. Of course the foundation in all of this,if not overtly was the blues form. And considering,even on his later Atlantic days,Ray was beginning to deal with concept albums as a strong musical possibility. It would simply be the right musical choice to reflect his roots in the blues.

"Early In The Mornin'" and "I'm Movin' On" are the two major uptempo numbers here. The melodic form is right there,smack in the center of the 12-bar blues. Yet the rhythm is right out of that Afro-Latin vibe-with Ray's electric piano all making this an extension of the uptempo,funky soul sound he'd pioneered a couple of years earlier with "What'd I Say". "The Right Time",while nostalgically conjuring up that image of Rudy Huxtable in The Cosby Show is an elegant,chunky number full of Fathead Newman's growling sax and the Raelette's singing at their prime. Not to even mention Ray going from his strong vocal lead to impassioned cries at a moments notice. "I Believe In My Soul" starts out with a rather Oriental sounding melody on the piano while Charles own compositions "Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)","The Midnight Hour","Feelin' Sad",'Ray's Blues","Nobody Cares","Mr.Charles Blues","Some Day Baby" and "I Wonder Who" are all mid to low tempo straight up piano based jazzy blues numbers.

With the recent passing of Crusaders pianist/co-founder Joe Sample? I've come to think about how grateful music fans of my age group should really be that currently deceased musical icons such as James Brown,Ray Charles and even someone as late in the game as Michael Jackson were still around during part of our lifetime. Many were musicians who played,some were masterful performs and some were both. But to people such as myself? They will not merely be a page in a history book. Even though this album was recorded almost twenty years before I was born? The strands of the new music I'd have absorbed as a child are ever present here. The really exciting part is Ray was an originator too-the key architect of the soul genre. And here he is in 1961-paying a vital musical tribute to a genre that he absorbed growing up. And so the cycle continues,and meets full circle. Pretty likely this is going to be one of the finest and most important albums you'll ever hear in your life!
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