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(1991/CASTLE) 47 tracks, 1960-1971. more

Ray Charles: The Classic Years (3-CD)

(1991/CASTLE) 47 tracks, 1960-1971.

Article properties: Ray Charles: The Classic Years (3-CD)

  • Interpret: Ray Charles

  • Album titlle: The Classic Years (3-CD)

  • Label CASTLE

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5017615814422

  • weight in Kg 0.36
Charles, Ray - The Classic Years (3-CD) CD 1
01 Sticks And Stones Ray Charles
02 Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
03 Ruby Ray Charles
04 Hard Hearted Hannah Ray Charles
05 Them That Got Ray Charles
06 One Mint Julep Ray Charles
07 I've Got News For You Ray Charles
08 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
09 Unchain My Heart Ray Charles
10 Hide Nor Hair Ray Charles
11 At The Club Ray Charles
12 I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles
13 Born To Lose Ray Charles
14 You Don't Know Me Ray Charles
15 You Are My Sunshine Ray Charles
Charles, Ray - The Classic Years (3-CD) CD 2
01 Your Cheatin' Heart Ray Charles
02 Don't Set Me Free Ray Charles
03 Take These Chains From My Heart Ray Charles
04 No One Ray Charles
05 Without Love (There Is Nothing) Ray Charles
06 Busted Ray Charles
07 That Lucky Old Sun Ray Charles
08 Baby Don't You Cry Ray Charles
09 My Heart Cries For You Ray Charles
10 My Baby Don't Dig Me Ray Charles
11 No One To Cry To Ray Charles
12 Smack Dab In The Middle Ray Charles
13 Makin' Whoopee Ray Charles
14 Cry Ray Charles
15 Crying Time Ray Charles
16 Together Again Ray Charles
17 Let's Go Get Stoned Ray Charles
Charles, Ray - The Classic Years (3-CD) CD 3
01 Please Say You're Fooling Ray Charles
02 I Don't Need No Doctor Ray Charles
03 In The Heat Of The Night Ray Charles
04 Yesterday Ray Charles
05 Eleanor Rigby Ray Charles
06 Understanding Ray Charles
07 If It Wasn't For Bad Luck Ray Charles
08 If You Were Mine Ray Charles
09 Don't Change On Me Ray Charles
10 Feel So Bad Ray Charles
11 What Am I Living For Ray Charles
12 Look What They've Done To My Song Ma Ray Charles
13 I Gotta Woman (part 1) Ray Charles
14 I Chose To Sing The Blues Ray Charles
15 I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town 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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