True Genius (Remastered) Ray Charles
- 1Georgia on My Mind03:40
- 2Them That Got02:49
- 4Hardhearted Hannah03:17
- 5One Mint Julep03:06
- 6I've Got News for You04:33
- 7I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town03:44
- 8Hit the Road Jack02:00
- 9Unchain My Heart02:52
- 10Baby, It's Cold Outside04:10
- 11Hide Nor Hair03:11
- 12I Can't Stop Loving You04:15
- 13You Don't Know Me03:16
- 14You Are My Sunshine03:00
- 15Take These Chains from My Heart02:57
- 16No One03:11
- 18That Lucky Old Sun04:24
- 19Baby, Don't You Cry02:35
- 20Smack Dab in the Middle03:18
- 21My Heart Cries for You02:50
- 23Makin' Woopie (Live)06:13
- 24Hallelujah I Love Her So (Live)03:00
- 25I've Got A Woman (Live)06:11
- 26What'd I Say (Live)04:33
- 27I'm a Fool to Care03:18
- 28The Cincinnati Kid02:24
- 29Crying Time02:56
- 30Together Again02:41
- 31Let's Go Get Stoned02:57
- 32Please Say You're Fooling02:43
- 33I Don't Need No Doctor02:33
- 34Here We Go Again03:17
- 35Somebody Ought to Write a Book About It03:07
- 36In the Heat of the Night02:36
- 38Sweet Young Thing Like You02:18
- 39Eleanor Rigby03:00
- 40If It Wasn't for Bad Luck04:45
- 41I Didn't Know What Time It Was04:52
- 42Let Me Love You02:49
- 43I'm Satisfied02:30
- 44We Can Make It03:43
- 45Laughin and Clownin03:24
- 46If You Were Mine03:52
- 47Booty Butt04:14
- 48Feel so Bad03:16
- 49Your Love Is so Doggone Good03:03
- 51America the Beautiful03:37
- 52Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma03:43
- 53There'll Be No Peace Without All Men as One03:53
- 54Every Saturday Night03:23
- 55Our Suite08:08
- 56I Can Make It Through The Days (But Oh Those Lonely Nights)03:55
- 57Ring of Fire03:08
- 58Come Live with Me03:25
- 60Till There Was You04:10
- 61Living for the City06:04
- 62It Ain't Easy Being Green04:15
- 633/4 of the Time02:51
- 65Take Me Home Country Roads (Live)04:32
- 66Am I Blue (Live)06:58
- 67I Can See Clearly Now04:25
- 68How Long Has This Been Going On05:21
- 69Let It Be03:32
- 70Is There Anyone Out There?05:57
- 71Drift Away03:47
- 72Blues in the Night07:39
- 733/4 Time04:24
- 74Compared to What04:23
- 75Do I Ever Cross Your Mind03:51
- 76Two Old Cats Like Us02:37
- 77Seven Spanish Angels03:50
- 78Anybody with the Blues Knows03:30
- 79Baby Grand04:05
- 80Stranger in My Own Home Town03:20
- 81Save the Bones for Henry Jones03:43
- 82Ellie My Love04:14
- 83I'll Be Good to You04:58
- 84A Song for You04:17
- 85Still Crazy After All These Years05:00
- 86If I Could04:56
- 87None of Us Are Free05:06
- 89Here We Go Again03:59
- 90The Long and Winding Road04:04
Info for True Genius (Remastered)
90 of Ray Charles greatest songs: Every Ray Charles album post-1960 is represented here, along with singles not available on any of his previously released albums. Most of these recordings will be available on major streaming services for the very first time in a decade or more. Released on Ray Charles own Tangerine Records and remastered from the original master tapes.
The True Genius album set consists of five albums including a never before released live concert from Stockholm in 1972. A beautifully designed, coffee table style book includes rare, unseen photos and other Charles memorabilia. The liner notes were written by Quincy Jones, Valerie Ervin and A. Scott Galloway.
This prestigious release and the campaign that surrounds it will create long awaited access to Ray’s music to generations of fans around the world as well as target new fans that will hear his music for the very first time.
Ray Charles was a legendary musician often called the "Genius,” who pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s.
Charles combined blues, gospel, R&B, rock, country music and jazz to create groundbreaking hits such as “Unchain My Heart,” “I’ve Got A Woman” and “What I’d Say.” His impressive multi-award winning 50-year career left an indelible mark on contemporary music all over the world.
Born Ray Charles Robinson on September 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia, he was raised in Greenville, Florida, and started playing the piano before he was five. At age six, he contracted glaucoma that eventually left him blind. He studied composition (writing music in Braille) and learned to play the alto saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, and organ while attending the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind from 1937 to 1945. His father died when he was 10, his mother five years later, and he left school to work in dance bands around Florida, dropping his last name to avoid confusion with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. In 1947, with $600 he moved to Seattle and worked as a Nat “King” Cole-style crooner.
The name Ray Charles is on a Star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. The name Ray Charles designates a superstar worldwide. His bronze bust is enshrined in the Playboy Jazz Hall of Fame. There is the bronze medallion that was cast and presented to him by the French Republic on behalf of the French people. In just about every Hall of Fame that has anything to do with music, be it Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Gospel or Country & Western, Ray’s name is very prominently displayed. There are many awards given to him in the foregoing categories as proof.
Probably the strongest element in Ray Charles’ life, and the most concentrated driving force, was music. Ray often said, “I was born with music inside me. That’s the only explanation I know.”
Ray Charles was not born blind. In fact, it took almost seven years for him to lose his sight in its entirety, which means he had seven years to see the joy and sadness of this big wonderful world – a world he would never see again. As a seven year old child, in searching for light, he stared at the sun continuously, thereby eliminating all chances of the modern-day miracle, cornea transplants – a surgery unheard of in 1937.
Perhaps the reason that Ray Charles made music his mistress and fell madly in love with the lady is that music was a natural to him. Ray sat at a piano and the music began; he opened his mouth and the lyrics began. He was in absolute control.
But the rest of his life was not quite so simple. Ray was born at the very beginning of the Great Depression – a depression that affected every civilized country in the world. Ray was born in 1930 in Albany, Georgia, the same year that another Georgia native by the name of Hoagy Carmichael, was already making his mark on the world. In 1930, the year of Ray’s birth, Hoagy recorded a song that became an all-time classic and remains so to this day; a song titled “Stardust.” It’s ironic that these two Georgia natives would someday cross paths again, as they did 30 years later when Ray Charles was asked by the State of Georgia to perform, in the Georgia Legislative Chambers, the song they had selected as their state song. That song was Ray’s version of “Georgia,” written by Hoagy Carmichael. Hoagy, who unfortunately was too ill to attend the event, was listening via telephone/satellite tie-up.
Ray’s mother and father, Aretha and Bailey, were “no-nonsense” parents. Even after Ray lost his sight, his mother continued to give him chores at home, in the rural area in which they lived, such as chopping wood for the wood burning stove in the kitchen in order for them to prepare their meals. Chores such as this often brought complaints from the neighbors, which were met with stern words from Mrs. Robinson. She told them her son was blind, not stupid, and he must continue to learn to do things, not only for himself, but for others as well. Unfortunately, Ray lost the guidance of his mother and the counseling of his father at a very young age. At 15 years old, Ray Charles was an orphan, but he still managed to make his way in this world under very trying conditions; living in the South and being of African-American heritage, plus being blind and an orphan.
Ray refused to roll over and play dead. Instead he continued his education in St. Augustine, at Florida’s State School for the Deaf and Blind. A few years later, Ray decided to move. His choice was Seattle, Washington. It was in Seattle that Ray recorded his first record. It was also in Seattle that the seed was planted for a lifelong friendship with Quincy Jones. More information please visit the Ray Charles homepage.
This album contains no booklet.