The Genius Sings the Blues
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"The Genius Sings the Blues" (Atlantic LP 8052) is a conceptual album dedicated to the singer/pianist’s interpretations of the blues. Instead of being a carefully thoughtout project produced during a single session (or a couple of consecutive sessions) The Genius Sings the Blues was the result of compiling several blues selections Bthat Charles had recorded for Atlantic between 1952 and 1959. In fact, it was initially thought of as an easy cash-in LP after Charles’ split with Atlantic. However, the final album doesn’t lack unity or coherence and ended up as one of Ray Charles’ Bmost popular sets. The album "Dedicated to You" (ABC Paramount ABC-355), another conceptual LP, this time consisting of songs with a woman’s name in each title, has been added here in its entirety as a bonus.
RAY CHARLES , vocals & piano
Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt, Joe Bridgewater, Riley Webb (tp),
David “Fathead” Newman, Don Wilkerson (ts), Bennie Crawford (bar),
Edgar Willis (b), Oscar Moore (d), among others.
Recorded in New York, Miami & New Orleans, 1952-1959.
[13-24] BONUS ALBUM: DEDICATED TO YOU
Ray Charles, vocals, organ & piano with orchestra conducted & arranged by
Marty Paich featuring David “Fathead” Newman (ts).
Los Angeles, August 23-24, 196
01 EARLY IN THE MORNING
02 HARD TIMES (NO ONE KNOWS BETTER THAN I)
03 THE MIDNIGHT HOUR
04 NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME
05 FEEL IN’ SAD
06 RAY ’S BLUES
07 I’M MOVING ON
08 I BEL IEVE TO MY SOUL
09 NOBODY CARES
10 MR. CHARLES ’ BLUES
11 SOMEDAY BABY
12 I WONDER WHO
13 HAR DHEAR TED HANNAH
18 STELLA BY STARLIGHT
24 SWEE T GEORGIA BROWN
TOTAL TIME: 73:26