The Soul of A Genius
  • Ray Charles
    Ray Charles

Ray Charles

The Soul of A Genius


Ray Charles (p, org, vcl), Ted Buckner, BIlly Brooks, Fleming Askew, Wallace Davenport, Frank Mitchell, Joel Bridgewater (tp), Marshall Royal, Dave McRae, O'Neil Gerald (as), Jack McVea, Freddie Mitchell, Pinky Williams, Joe Tillman, Don Wilkerson (ts), Charles Waller, Warren Bell, David Fathead Newman (bs), Gosady MvKee, Louis Speiginer, Oscar Moore, Mickey Baker, Wesley Jackson (g), MIlton S. Garred, Bill Hadnott, Johnny Miller, Fran McClure, Lloyd Trotman, Lloyd Lambert, Jimmy Bell (b), Clifton Pitts, Eddie Pipper, Connie Kay, Glenn Brooks (d), Candido (perc)

Reference: BUD3017

Bar code: 8435086730176

A new preacher that encourages everyone else to live, get excited and feel the race pride through a sort of music. The youth from the ghetto was looking forward to listening: SOUL !!!


01. I Love You, I Love You (I Will Never Let You Go) (J. Lee Lawrence) 2:38
02. Confession Blues (Ray Charles) 2:33
03. Th' Ego Song (Lloyd Glenn) 2:23
04. Someday (Ray Charles) 3:12
05. I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now? (Adams-Hough-Howard) 2:22
06. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand (Ray Charles) 3:03
07. Kissa Me Baby (Ray Charles) 3:11
08. Hey Now (Ray Charles) 2:21
09. It Should Have Been Me (Memphis Curtis) 2:46
10. Heartbreaker (Ahmet Nugetre) 2:54
11. Mess Around (Ertegun-Stone) 2:43
12. Funny But I Still Love You (Ray Charles) 3:17
13. Don't You Know (Ray Charles) 2:59
14. Nobody Cares (Ray Charles) 2:41
15. Ray's Blues (Ray Charles) 2:57
16. Mr. Charles' Blues (Ray Charles) 2:50
17. Blackjack (Ray Charles) 2:19
18. Come Back Baby (Ray Charles) 3:07
19. Greenbacks (Ray Charles) 2:52
20. I Got a Woman (Charles-Richard) 5:22

Album details

Tracks #1-2, Recorded in Seattle, February, 1949
Tracks #3-4, Recorded in Los Angeles, May 26, 1950
Tracks #5-6, Recorded in Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 1950
Tracks #7-8, Recorded in Los Angeles, 1951
Tracks #9-12, Recorded in New York, May 17, 1953
Tracks #13-16, Recorded in New York, Dec. 4, 1953
Tracks #17-20, Recorded in New York, Nov.18, 1954
Additional information available through your computer with Biography, Discography, Jazz Timeline & BudMusic Catalogue. This enhanced CD can be played on a regular CD player. The multimedia contents requires Windows compatible PC, 32 MB of available RAM, CPU Pentium, 233Mhz sound card.

Press reviews

"The Soul of a Genius: 1949-1954 highlights early Ray Charles' sessions waxed for Swingtime, Downbeat, and Atlantic from that five-year period in his career. The disc starts with the Maxin Trio, finding Charles in pop crooner mode, and his first sessions featuring a horn section. The package wraps up with a 14-track sampling of his earliest Atlantic material including "It Should Have Been Me," "Mess Around," "Greenbacks" and "I've Got a Woman." Bud Music also included an enhanced CD-Rom section containing a biography, discography, jazz timeline, and catalog. A nice added touch."

Al Campbell -All Music Guide

"Ok, I admit at the start that I'm a Ray Charles fan and that I can't remember anything he's recorded that I didn't like. Some more than others, of course, but none that I would pan. So along comes 'Soul Genius' and I couldn't believe that I had to ratchet up my admiration several more notches, wipe a tear from my eye and swallow the lump in my throat. I'm talking about the last track on this CD. It's Ray doing 'America The Beautiful' as I've never heard it before. Alright, by way of further disclosure, I'll admit to being a patriotic nut that chokes up on 'The Star Spangled Banner' but that aside I'm talking music and I'm talking heart and soul poured into songs as only Ray can do! Every track on this CD exemplifies that 'no-holds barred' commitment that real artists like Ray pour into their work. You'll find Ray's heart, you'll find Ray's soul and you'll find yourself enjoying the expanse of Ray's genius in songs that cover a wide range of musical genre. From Broadway musicals (Oklahoma and South Pacific)to soulful 'Georgia On My Mind" and 'Can't Stop Loving You' to the rousing and unashamedly patriotic climax, 'America The Beautiful'.

Finally, you've surely concluded by now that I'm not really reviewing this CD so much as praising it. So I'll listen to it carefully for many more times and maybe, just maybe, I'll detect a flat or sour note somewhere and then rewrite this review. But don't hold your breath!"

Charlie Goodetime,


8,95 €  (tax incl.)

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