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(2001/RHINO) 46 original tracks with 16 page booklet - best compilation available ! last copies more

Ray Charles: The Definitive (2-CD)

(2001/RHINO) 46 original tracks with 16 page booklet - best compilation available ! last copies

Article properties: Ray Charles: The Definitive (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Ray Charles

  • Album titlle: The Definitive (2-CD)

  • Label RHINO

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2001
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0081227355623

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Charles, Ray - The Definitive (2-CD) CD 1
01 Mess Around
02 It Should've Been Me
03 I've Got A Woman
04 This Little Girl Of Mine
05 A Fool For You
06 Drown In My Own Tears
07 Leave My Woman Alone
08 Hallelujah I Love Her So
09 Lonely Avenue
10 (Night Time Is) The Right Time
11 What'd I Say (parts 1 & 2)
12 I Believe To My Soul
13 I'm Movin' On
14 Come Rain Or Come Shine
15 Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
16 Sticks And Stones
17 Georgia On My Mind
18 Ruby
19 One Mint Julep
20 I'm Gonna Move To The Outkirts Of Town
21 Hit The Road Jack
22 Unchain My Heart
23 Baby It's Cold Outside
24 At The Club
Charles, Ray - The Definitive (2-CD) CD 2
01 I Can't Stop Loving You
02 Born To Lose
03 You Don't Know Me
04 You Are My Sunshine
05 Your Cheatin' Heart
06 Take These Chains From My Heart
07 Busted
08 That Lucky Old Sun
09 Crying Time
10 Cincinnati Kid
11 Let's Go Get Stoned
12 I Don't Need No Doctor
13 In The Heat Of The Night
14 Yesterday
15 Eleanor Rigby
16 I Can Make It Thru' The Days
17 Rainy Night In Georgia
18 The Jealous Kind
19 Shake Your Tailfeather (with THE BLUES BROS.)
20 Seven Spanish Angels (with WILLIE NELSON)
21 I'll Be Good To You
22 Imagine
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"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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