Ray Charles – The Genius Hits The Road (1960 - Comp. 1997 With Bonus Tracks)
Rhino | 1960-Comp.1997 | Blues Jazz | FLAC+CUE+MQ-Covers (300Dpi) | NO LOG | 356Mb+3Mb
Thank Rhino for reissuing this overlooked 1960 album. This was his first after he split from Atlantic for ABC/Paramount. People like to think that his ABC/Paramount period starts with MODERN SOUNDS, but you can see the "road" Ray's traveling with this album. Most of the orchestration is done with a lot of taste and not syrupy as might plague some later recordings. These cuts sound classic today and not dated, well, except for the silliness over Deep in the Heart of Texas.
Enjoy this album for more than Ray's signature tune of Georgia on my Mind, Ray's solo on Moon over Miami, for example. The bonus cuts complete the experience. This album will help bridge those who only know Ray from his Atlantic years into the rest of his career.