“The Genius Of Ray Charles” by Ray Charles - album review

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TJR says

Atlantic 1312. Released October, 1959. All new, although 1 track is reworked from the back-album catalogue – “Deed I Do” (from the “Soul Brothers” LP, 1958). “Hey y’all tell everybody, Ray Charles in town, Got a dollar and a quarter and I’m just rarin’ ta clown, Don’t let no body, play me cheap, I got fifty cents more than I’m gonna keep.” So proclaims the “genius” on opening salvo “Let The Good Times Roll” (Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, 1946). What a cheap tart. It’s a truly classic starter though… I could even be seduced by the genius hype if he were to keep up that level of excitement. Unfortunately however, we get an all acoustic big band covers set that’s intent on culling from the American songbook all the way. The album won the 1960 Grammy Award in the Pop category for “Best Vocal Performance – Album” as well as the 1960 Grammy for “Best Rhythm & Blues Performance” on “Let The Good Times Roll.” Personally speaking, it’s a middle-class revolt that I’m after. And this sounds like a bit of a surrender to me…

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:53] 9.3.png Ray Charles - Let The Good Times Roll (Sam Theard, Fleecie Moore) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A2 [02:45] 6.0.png Ray Charles - It Had To Be You (Gus Kahn, Isham Jones) Crooner / Cabaret
A3 [02:53] 6.5.png Ray Charles - Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A4 [03:25] 5.9.png Ray Charles - Two Years Of Torture (Percy Mayfield, Charles Joseph Morris) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A5 [02:51] 4.3.png Ray Charles - When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A6 [02:27] 5.2.png Ray Charles - Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B1 [03:26] 3.8.png Ray Charles - Just For A Thrill (Lil Armstrong, Don Raye) Crooner / Cabaret
B2 [03:22] 4.1.png Ray Charles - You Won’t Let Me Go (Bud Allen, Buddy Johnson) Crooner / Cabaret
B3 [03:25] 4.4.png Ray Charles - Tell Me You’ll Wait For Me (Charles Brown, Oscar Moore) Crooner / Cabaret
B4 [03:46] 4.4.png Ray Charles - Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying (Joe Greene) Crooner / Cabaret
B5 [03:41] 4.6.png Ray Charles - Am I Blue? (Grant Clarke, Harry Akst) Crooner / Cabaret
B6 [03:42] 4.8.png Ray Charles - Come Rain Or Come Shine (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) Crooner / Cabaret

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