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Ray Charles: The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat Recordings 1949-1952 (2-CD)

(1996/Night Train) 45 Tracks - Covering the first period of his career, from his earliest sides, recorded in Seattle to the last session for Swing Time in LA. Great sides, including many unissued tracks and alternate takes!

Article properties: Ray Charles: The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat Recordings 1949-1952 (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Ray Charles

  • Album titlle: The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat Recordings 1949-1952 (2-CD)

  • Label NIGHT TRAIN

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 1996
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0048612200135

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Charles, Ray - The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat Recordings 1949-1952 (2-CD) CD 1
01 I Love You I Love You Ray Charles
02 Confession Blues Ray Charles
03 Alone In This City Ray Charles
04 Can Anyone Ask For More Ray Charles
05 Let's Have A Ball Ray Charles
06 Rockin' Chair Blues Ray Charles
07 If I Give You My Love Ray Charles
08 Can't You Seedarling Ray Charles
09 This Love Of Mine Ray Charles
10 How Long Blues Ray Charles
11 Blues Before Sunrise Ray Charles
12 A Sentimental Blues Ray Charles
13 You'll Never Miss The Water Ray Charles
14 Ain't That Fine Ray Charles
15 Don't Put All Your Dreams In One Basket Ray Charles
16 Sittin' On Top Of The World Ray Charles
17 I've Had My Fun Ray Charles
18 See See Rider Ray Charles
19 What Have I Done Ray Charles
20 Honey Honey Ray Charles
21 She's On The Ball Ray Charles
22 The Ego Song (Sweet As Can Be) Ray Charles
23 Sweet As Can Be (Take 3, Alternate Take) Ray Charles
Charles, Ray - The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat Recordings 1949-1952 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Someday Ray Charles
02 I'll Do Anything But Work Ray Charles
03 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Ray Charles
04 All To Myself Ray Charles
05 Lonely Boy Ray Charles
06 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand Ray Charles
07 I'm Glad For Your Sake Ray Charles
08 Baby Won't You Please Come Home Ray Charles
09 Kissa Me Baby Ray Charles
10 Hey Now Ray Charles
11 The Snow Is Falling Ray Charles
12 Misery In My Heart Ray Charles
13 Let Me Hear You Call My Name Ray Charles
14 Why Did You Go Ray Charles
15 I'm Wondering And Wondering Ray Charles
16 Walkin' And Talkin' Ray Charles
17 Guitar Blues Ray Charles
18 Back Home Ray Charles
19 Sweet As Can Be (Take 2, Alternate Take) Ray Charles
20 I'll Do Anything But Work (Take 2, Alternate Take) Ray Charles
21 Someday (Take 2, Alternate Take) Ray Charles
22 Late In The Evening Blues 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 - The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat Recordings 1949-1952 (2-CD) CD 1
01 I Love You I Love You
02 Confession Blues
03 Alone In This City
04 Can Anyone Ask For More
05 Let's Have A Ball
06 Rockin' Chair Blues
07 If I Give You My Love
08 Can't You Seedarling
09 This Love Of Mine
10 How Long Blues
11 Blues Before Sunrise
12 A Sentimental Blues
13 You'll Never Miss The Water
14 Ain't That Fine
15 Don't Put All Your Dreams In One Basket
16 Sittin' On Top Of The World
17 I've Had My Fun
18 See See Rider
19 What Have I Done
20 Honey Honey
21 She's On The Ball
22 The Ego Song (Sweet As Can Be)
23 Sweet As Can Be (Take 3, Alternate Take)
Charles, Ray - The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat Recordings 1949-1952 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Someday
02 I'll Do Anything But Work
03 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
04 All To Myself
05 Lonely Boy
06 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
07 I'm Glad For Your Sake
08 Baby Won't You Please Come Home
09 Kissa Me Baby
10 Hey Now
11 The Snow Is Falling
12 Misery In My Heart
13 Let Me Hear You Call My Name
14 Why Did You Go
15 I'm Wondering And Wondering
16 Walkin' And Talkin'
17 Guitar Blues
18 Back Home
19 Sweet As Can Be (Take 2, Alternate Take)
20 I'll Do Anything But Work (Take 2, Alternate Take)
21 Someday (Take 2, Alternate Take)
22 Late In The Evening Blues