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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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Electric Blues 1939-2005. - The Definitive Collection!



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Ray Charles: The Very Best Of (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3247922
 

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(2011/Wagram France) 80 original masters 1951-1960 (ABC/Atlantic) - digipac. Incredible compilation incl. all his early monster hits plus rarities (6 with the Raylettes), 2 live recordings and a duet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Perfect blend of R&B, Jazz, Big...

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Ray Charles: What'd I Say (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CD2OP22382
 

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(1989/Atlantic Japan) 10 Tracks -  Japanese reissue of the original 1959 Atlantic vinyl album!

$21.55 *

Ray Charles: Hallelujah I Love Her (1962)
Art-Nr.: CD73525
 

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(2000/ATLANTIC) 14 tracks - digpac / last copies

$5.35 *

Ray Charles: The Classic Years (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDESB144
 

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

$32.35 *

Ray Charles: Ray Charles - Rock'n'Roll (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CD2OP22381
 

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(2001/Atlantic Japan) 14 tracks - mono. Japanese pressing, jewel case version with 12-page insert with liner notes and lyrics. New, sealed original stock! This is Ray's first LP released on Atlantic in June of 1957. It was first released with the words "Rock...

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Ray Charles: What'd I Say
Art-Nr.: CD3930911
 

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CD on MAGIC RECORDS by Ray Charles - What'd I Say

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Ray Charles: Hallelujah I Love Her So
Art-Nr.: CD3930664
 

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(2008/MAGIC) 24 tracks 1949-57, 24bit mastering, papersleeve

$10.75 *

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Ray Charles: I'm Movin' On - I Believe To My Soul (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45ATL2043
 

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Original 45rpm record on 'Atlantic' from 1959

$16.20 *

Ray Charles: Singles Collection Plus 1952-58 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS506
 

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(2009/JASMINE) 50 tracks

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Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company (& DVD) Special Edition
Art-Nr.: CDEMI75873
 

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DVD-Bonus: The Making of Genius Loves Company/The Photo Session Interview/Ray Trailer: A Taylor Hackford film/Mary Ann with Poncho Sanchez (audio only) (2004/EMI)12 tracks & bonus DVD PAL Code 0 (28:32)

$21.55 *

Ray Charles: Soul + Jazz = Genius 1960-61 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS191
 

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Ray Charles - Soul + Jazz = Genius 1960-61 (2-CD)

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Ray Charles: The Genius After Hours (1961)
Art-Nr.: CD73523
 

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(2000/ATLANTIC) 8 tracks (instrumental) 1961. Featuring musicians like John Hunt, Dave Newman and Joe Harris. digipac -last copies!

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Ray Charles: Genius & Soul - The 50th. Anniversary Collection (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN72859
 

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(1997/RHINO) 102 tracks remastered from the original tapes. Spans the Genius of Soul's entire five-decade career. Includes an 80-page book featuring rare photos and liner notes.

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Ray Charles: Celebrates A Gospel Christmas (0)
Art-Nr.: DVDUW14882
 

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(2003/UW) NTSC, English, Digital 2.0 and 5.1, 4:3, Color, 90 min.; In an exciting move that marked music history, Ray Charles was joined by the world famous 'Voices of Jubilation Gospel Choir' of Newark, New Jersey for this first-ever Christmas Music Special.

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Ray Charles: Unreleased (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNTICD7154
 

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A collection of alternate takes, false starts, and incomplete versions. For collectors, only.

$16.15 *

Ray Charles: Rockin' With Ray
Art-Nr.: CDSCCD2491
 

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2013 'Smith Co.', 55 tracks, 2-CD

$17.23 *

Ray Charles: The Early Years
Art-Nr.: CDKCD5011
 

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CD on KING RECORDS by Ray Charles - The Early Years

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Ray Charles: Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD99028
 

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CD on AMERICAN JAZZ CLASSI RECORDS by Ray Charles - Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD)

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Ray Charles: Charles, Ray Modern Sounds In C&W Vol.1&2
Art-Nr.: CDJAS260
 

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(2013/JASMINE) 26 titres 1962 - les albums originaux avec des titres bonus.

$16.15 *

Ray Charles: Early Hits - The Hollywood Recordings
Art-Nr.: CDTL19486
 

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(2007/TIMELIFE) 14 tracks (36:52) Downbeat/Hollywood recordings 1949.

$17.17 *

Ray Charles: Ray - Soundtrack (US)
Art-Nr.: CD0503001
 

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(2004/WARNER) 17 tracks (Atlantic)

$11.83 *

Ray Charles: Original Album Series (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN79837
 

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$21.55 *

Ray Charles: Live In Concert 1964
Art-Nr.: CD7231439
 

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(2011/CONCORD9 19 tracks, recorded at Shrine Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles.

$12.91 *

Ray Charles: Genius & Soul = Jazz 200g Gatefold - Klappcover
Art-Nr.: LPAAPP2
 

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(1960) Analogue Prod.

$32.35 *

Ray Charles: The Complete ABC Recordings 1959-61 (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD242190
 

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(2012/CHANT DU MONDE) 56 tracks, digipac with 40 page booklet.

$27.81 *

Ray Charles: The Great Ray Charles
Art-Nr.: LPATL1259
 

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(1957 'Atlantic') Rhino

$29.70 *

Ray Charles: Music Ages EP Series
Art-Nr.: CD34186
 

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$13.93 *

Ray Charles: I Don't Need No Doctor - Please Say You're...
Art-Nr.: REP03012
 

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Killer track from Mr.Ray Charles and a real sexy Soul Burner!

$11.61 *

Ray Charles: Sings For Lovers
Art-Nr.: CD31896
 

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(2009/CONCORD) 16 tracks 1962-98! featuring: Ray Charles Big Band, Count Basie Orchestra, Jack Halloran Sisters, The Raeletts and in duet with Betty Carter.

$13.50 *

Ray Charles: I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD232830
 

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(DOCUMENT) 63 tracks 1949-55

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Ray Charles: A Message From The People
Art-Nr.: CD7231406
 

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(2009/CONCORD) 10 tracks 1972, arranged by Quincy Jones

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