Ray Charles

Given the fact that the 2005 7CD Atlantic retrospective Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952–1959) is probably all the Ray Charles I’m going to need in the foreseeable future The Critical Reader might question the need for a cut, paste and reformat of the Wikipedia Ray Charles discography.

And fair enough. Given the size of that compilation, and the length of time it’s likely to take to come to grips with the contents there’s every chance Pure Genius will do me.

On the other hands, the process of coming to terms with the contents will undoubtedly involve a look at the track listings of those Atlantic albums and, in any case, you never know where those investigations are likely to lead, do you?

The Atlantic years:

1957 Ray Charles

The Great Ray Charles

1958 Yes Indeed!

Soul Brothers (with Milt Jackson)

1959 Ray Charles at Newport

What'd I Say

The Genius of Ray Charles

The Original Ray Charles

The Fabulous Ray Charles

1960 Ray Charles in Person

1961 The Genius Sings the Blues

Soul Meeting (with Milt Jackson)

The Genius After Hours

The ABC years

© Ian Hughes 2012