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Ray Charles: Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD)

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Article properties: Ray Charles: Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Ray Charles

  • Album titlle: Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD)

  • Label MUSIC AVENUE

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5413992502301

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Charles, Ray - Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD) CD 1
01 See See Rider Ray Charles
02 How Long Blues Ray Charles
03 Going Down Slow Ray Charles
04 Let Me Hear You Call My Name Ray Charles
05 I'm Just A Lonely Boy Ray Charles
06 Sitting On Top Of The World Ray Charles
07 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand Ray Charles
08 Guitar Blues Ray Charles
09 She's On The Ball Ray Charles
10 Blues Is My Middle Name Ray Charles
11 Sentimental Blues Ray Charles
12 Hey Now Ray Charles
13 Why Did You Go Ray Charles
14 Can't You See Darling Ray Charles
15 Ain't That Fine Ray Charles
16 I'll Do Anything But Work Ray Charles
17 Rockin' Chair Blues Ray Charles
18 Going Away Blues Ray Charles
19 This Love Of Mine Ray Charles
20 They're Crazy About Me Ray Charles
Charles, Ray - Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD) CD 2
01 Misery In My Heart Ray Charles
02 You Never Miss The Water Ray Charles
03 Baby Won't You Please Come Home Ray Charles
04 Blues Before Sunrise Ray Charles
05 Honey Honey Ray Charles
06 Late In The Evening Blues Ray Charles
07 Alone In The City Ray Charles
08 Don't Put All Your Dreams In One B Sket Ray Charles
09 Walkin' And Talkin' Ray Charles
10 Let's Have A Ball Ray Charles
11 (Tell Me Baby) What Have I Done Ray Charles
12 I'm Wondering And Wondering Ray Charles
13 Back Home Ray Charles
14 The Snow Is Falling Ray Charles
15 If I Give You My Love Ray Charles
16 Kiss Me Baby Ray Charles
17 I Love You I Love You Ray Charles
18 Can Anyone Ask For More Ray Charles
19 All To Myself Alone Ray Charles
20 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Ray Charles
21 Confession Blues (bonus) Ray Charles
Ray Charles Ray Charles Losing Hand (Charles Calhoun) Atlantic 1037   Ray... more
"Ray Charles"

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Losing Hand

(Charles Calhoun)

Atlantic 1037

 

Ray Charles had only recently joined the roster of Atlantic Records when he waxed the mournful blues Losing Hand on May 17, 1953 with a New York session crew consisting of saxists Dave McRae, Freddie Mitchell, and Pinky Williams, bassist Lloyd Trotman, drummer Connie Kay, and guitarist Mickey Baker, whose slippery chords cascade downward like thick, murky molasses. Brother Ray didn't use a guitarist on his subsequent Atlantic sides, making Baker's presence quite unusual (arranger Jesse Stone wrote the song under his alias of Charles Calhoun). Ray had yet to explode with his groundbreaking gospel/blues synthesis, although his impassioned vocal and two-fisted piano offered clues as to his immediate future.

"He still was being recorded in the conventional way, like you'd record almost any single singing artist," said Ray's late co-producer, Jerry Wexler. "We got the backing musicians, we got the arranger Jesse Stone, we rehearsed, and so on."

Born in Albany, Georgia on September 23, 1930 but raised in Greenville, Florida, Ray Charles Robinson lost his sight as a child but gained a love for music—blues, boogie-woogie, jazz, country—that was unshakable. He left the state school for the blind at 15, his piano skills already formidable, and somehow made his way cross-country from Jacksonville, Florida to Seattle. Jack Lauderdale of Swing Time/Down Beat Records brought Charles and his McSon Trio aboard in 1949. His first release was a hit and two more after that too, though his predilection for imitating Nat King Cole and Charles Brown hadn't been tamed yet.

Swing Time was experiencing financial difficulties in 1952, so Lauderdale peddled Charles' contract to Atlantic. There Ray would transform R&B with his daring gospel/blues synthesis on the smashes I've Got A Woman, Hallelujah I Love Her So, and What'd I Say (speaking of advancements in electric instrumentation, he played a Wurlitzer piano on the latter). His sessions were like no other at Atlantic.

"They were exciting, edifying, thrilling," said Wexler. "We're talking about Ray Charles. There were no downers. I mean, there was never anything negative or worrying, because Ray Charles had the whole thing figured out from beginning to end. And so, as would be the case with many other sessions, when there had to be some direction from us because we weren't going anywhere, or some changes to be made, that wasn't the case with Ray."

Of course, Ray's ceaseless musical experiments rendered him a superstar right up to his June 10, 2004 death. No wonder they called him a genius.

- Bill Dahl -
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Charles, Ray - Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD) CD 1
01 See See Rider
02 How Long Blues
03 Going Down Slow
04 Let Me Hear You Call My Name
05 I'm Just A Lonely Boy
06 Sitting On Top Of The World
07 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
08 Guitar Blues
09 She's On The Ball
10 Blues Is My Middle Name
11 Sentimental Blues
12 Hey Now
13 Why Did You Go
14 Can't You See Darling
15 Ain't That Fine
16 I'll Do Anything But Work
17 Rockin' Chair Blues
18 Going Away Blues
19 This Love Of Mine
20 They're Crazy About Me
Charles, Ray - Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD) CD 2
01 Misery In My Heart
02 You Never Miss The Water
03 Baby Won't You Please Come Home
04 Blues Before Sunrise
05 Honey Honey
06 Late In The Evening Blues
07 Alone In The City
08 Don't Put All Your Dreams In One B Sket
09 Walkin' And Talkin'
10 Let's Have A Ball
11 (Tell Me Baby) What Have I Done
12 I'm Wondering And Wondering
13 Back Home
14 The Snow Is Falling
15 If I Give You My Love
16 Kiss Me Baby
17 I Love You I Love You
18 Can Anyone Ask For More
19 All To Myself Alone
20 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
21 Confession Blues (bonus)