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Ray Charles I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD)

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(DOCUMENT) 63 tracks 1949-55 more

Ray Charles: I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD)

(DOCUMENT) 63 tracks 1949-55

Article properties: Ray Charles: I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD)

  • Interpret: Ray Charles

  • Album titlle: I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label MEMBRAN

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4011222328304

  • weight in Kg 0.15
Charles, Ray - I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD) CD 1
01 This Little Girl Of Mine
02 Hard Times
03 A Bit Of A Soul
04 Mary Ann
05 Drown In My Own Tears
06 Hallelujah I Love Her So
07 What Would I Do Without You
08 Lonely Avenue
09 I Want To Know
10 Leave My Woman Alone
11 It's Alright
12 Ain't That Love
13 Get On The Right Track
14 Rockhouse Part 1 & 2
15 What I'd Say
16 Georgia On My Mind
Charles, Ray - I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD) CD 2
01 Losing Hand
02 Heartbreaker
03 Sinner's Prayer
04 Mess Around
05 Funny But I Still Love You
06 Feelin' Sad
07 I Wonder Who
08 Don't You Know
09 Nobody Cares
10 Ray's Blues
11 Mr. Charles Blues
12 Black Jack
13 I Got A Woman
14 Greenbacks
15 Come Back Baby
16 A Fool For You
Charles, Ray - I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD) CD 3
01 Can't You See Darling
02 This Love Of Mine
03 Late In The Evening Blues
04 Someday
05 Someday (alternate take)
06 Baby Won't You Please Come Home
07 Kiss Me Baby
08 The Sun's Gonna Shine Again
09 Roll With My Baby
10 The Midnight Hour
11 Jumpin' In The Morning
12 It Should Have Been Me
13 I Love You, I Love You
14 Confession Blues
15 Alone In The City
16 Can Anyone Ask For More?
Charles, Ray - I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD) CD 4
01 Rockin' Chair Blues
02 Here I Am
03 How Long Blues
04 Blues Before Sunrise
05 A Sentimental Blues
06 You'll Always Miss The Water
07 Sittin' On Top Of The World
08 I've Had My Fun
09 Ain't That Fine
10 Don't Pull All You Dreams In One Basket
11 What Have I Done
12 See See Rider
13 Honey Honey
14 She's On The Ball
15 If I Give You My Love
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

PLUG IT IN! TURN IT UP!

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