Personnel: Ray Charles (vocals, alto saxophone, piano, electric piano); Marjorie Hendricks (vocals); David Newman (tenor saxophone); Hank Crawford (baritone saxophone); Lee Harper, Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (trumpet); Edgar Willis (bass); Richie Goldb......more
Personnel: Ray Charles (vocals, alto saxophone, piano, electric piano); Marjorie Hendricks (vocals); David Newman (tenor saxophone); Hank Crawford (baritone saxophone); Lee Harper, Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (trumpet); Edgar Willis (bass); Richie Goldberg, Teagle Fleming (drums); The Raylettes (background vocals).
Engineers: Harold Chapman, Tom Dowd, Ivan Miles.
Recorded live at The Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island on July 5, 1958 and Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia on May 28, 1959. Includes liner notes by Gary Giddins.
Previously released as a 2 LP set.
There are plenty of live Ray Charles recordings available, all supporting the theory that the man never gave a bad performance, but this one is something special. Recorded in 1958 and '59 (prime time in the Charles timeline), this album fully captures the fire and fury of Charles' Gospel/blues/jazz/R&B amalgam in all its churning, gut-punching glory. Things kick off with a couple of tunes that show Charles and band's instrumental might, the horns punctuating and sparring with Charles' soulful piano runs. Hits such as "I Got a Woman" and What'd I Say" are presented in near-definitive versions, complete with Brother Ray's lascivious call-and-response with his indefatigable Raylettes. Elsewhere, Charles gives a glimpse of his vision's breadth via "In a Little Spanish Town" and "Swanee River Rock." A key moment occurs in "Drown in My Own Tears," when Charles, testifying like an ecstatic preacher over the Raylettes' backing, finds the exact meeting place of emotional turmoil and very visceral catharsis. In short, this is the live Ray Charles album to get.
Ultimate Hits Collection, The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years, Anthology, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Genius: The Ultimate Collection, Genius + Soul = Jazz/My Kind of Jazz [Rhino], The Genius of Ray Charles, Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959), Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles and Betty Carter/Dedicated to You
Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones), Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Hank Snow, Billy Eckstine, Louis Jordan, Erskine Hawkins, Art Blakey, Big Joe Turner, Josh White, George Gershwin, Tampa Red, Art Tatum, Piano Red, Charles Brown, Count Basie
Womack & Womack, Johnny Otis, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Little Willie John, Mickey Baker, King Curtis, Maxine Brown, Elvis Presley, Percy Mayfield, Johnny Adams, The Spencer Davis Group, Otis Spann, Charley Pride, Garnet Mimms, Hank Ballard, Milt Jackson, James Brown, Ashford & Simpson, Chuck Berry, Big Joe Turner, B.B. King, Otis Redding, Lou Rawls, The Animals, The Box Tops, Jerry Lee Lewis, David "Fathead" Newman (Sax), Joe Cocker, Sam Cooke, Little Jimmy Scott, The Everly Brothers, Ivory Joe Hunter (Texas), Frank Sinatra, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Bobby Womack, Billy Paul, Amos Milburn, Ann Peebles, Solomon Burke, Steve Winwood, Fats Domino
1 Hot Rod
2 Blues Waltz
3 In a Little Spanish Town
5 Right Time, The
6 Fool For You, A
7 I Got a Woman
8 Talkin' 'Bout You
9 Swanee River Rock - (previously unreleased)
10 Yes Indeed! - (mono)
11 Right Time, The
13 Spirit-Feel, The
14 Tell the Truth
15 Drown in My Own Tears
16 What'd I Say
Nesuhi Ertegun; Zenas Sears
Number of Discs:
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
71 : 54
David "Fathead" Newman; Hank Crawford
Q (10/93, p.118) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a single listen to either 'A Fool For You' or 'Drown In My Own Tears' is enough to heal the sick, raise the dead and make the little women fall outta their beds..."
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