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Ray Charles - Essential Works: 1952-1961

Ray Charles - Essential Works: 1952-1961

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Release Date: 21/05/2021
Format: 2LP
Label: Masters Of Jazz
Catalogue Number: MOJ120

 

Raymond Charles Robinson was not just a legend, “the genius”, a “force of nature” and “a presence”. He was also pure energy, the source of a radiant glow that dazzled everyone who ever came near him. His passion for music, women, and rhythm, coupled with his love of life and laughter, were ingredients that made his work a monument of 20th century culture. He left essential traces – in jazz, blues, soul and R&B – because music is something inseparable and Ray lived its rhythms from the inside.

Born in poverty, raised in America’s racist South, blind at seven and an orphan at 15, Ray had all it took to be a success… Those attributes, plus a few titles in his case that he’d recorded for Swing Time, made such an impression on Ahmet Ertegun that he signed Ray to Atlantic in 1952. The next ten years forged the legend of Ray Charles. And now, six decades later, the tracks on this album are still hits hummed by all generations.

TRACKLISTING:
A1. It Should've Been Me
A2. Losing Hand
A3. Heartbreaker
A4. Mess Around
A5. Sinner's Prayer
A6. The Midnight Hour
A7. Greenbacks
B1. Bags Of Blues
B2. The Man I Love
B3. Doodlin'
C1. Mary Ann
C2. I've Got a Woman

C3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
C4. Lonely Avenue
C5. It's Alright
C6. Am I Blue
D1. What’d I Say (parts I & II)
D2. Come Rain or Come Shine
D3. Hit the Road Jack
D4. Let The Good Times Roll
D5. Unchain My Heart
D6. Georgia on My Mind

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