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The Genius Of Ray Charles

Ray Charles

1959

The Genius Of Ray Charles

Album Summary

The Genius of Ray Charles is a 1959 Ray Charles album, released in October by Atlantic Records, the seventh album since the debut Ray Charles in 1957. The album consists of swinging pop with big band arrangements. It comprises a first half of big band songs and a second half of string-backed ballads. The Genius of Ray Charles sold fewer than 500,000 copies and charted at number 17 on the Billboard 200. "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'" were released as singles in 1959.

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Rating

3.65

Votes

5516

Genres

  • Soul
  • Blues
  • Jazz
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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

This was my grandpas fav album and it makes me think of him and smile. He was my favourite person. This music is so beautiful and relaxing!

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Fri Nov 13 2020
5

Timeless

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Really great album! I love this old shit, it’s got a particular style that you just can’t shy away from whether that’s in the recording process or just the people back in those days. But man this is great. 5/5

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

old saxy tunes. slow and boring

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

Knocked me for a doozy the first time so I went back for round two, when it didn't pack the same punch. It's in the same mode as the fabulous Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, but unlike that one it doesn't have as cute a concept to tuck the edges in other than the big band side A/ivory tickling side B split. Mostly, that highlights how much more Charles adds to these standards with soulful tinkling. Even though he's an incredible arranger, the big band treatment a) is more typical for these songs, and b) drowns out his primary grift, which is his generosity of spirit. The evidence is Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying and Come Rain or Come Shine (side B). They're the nailed-on A pluses; gorgeous examples of his genius for climbing up and down the scales so tenderly and subtly that you don't realise he's put a lump in your throat and a butterfly in your tummy until you try to swallow.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

I really liked this album mainly because I'm a sucker for oldie-pop with the piano and orchestra in the background. His voice is soothing in the slow song and great in the louder songs. Overall it was a great album that exemplified that time. Favorite track: Just for a Thrill

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

Everyone knows ray charles but I feel like there isn’t any single song or album anyone points to when referencing him. However, this album was great from start to finish. Loved the trumpets and rays voice. Fav: just for a thrill

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Man, if you title an album the genius of your own self(!) you best bring the goods. And Ray sure did. ‘Course he had had six LPs before this to practice, close to a decade in the making for a lot of artists, some even longer. But Ray’s debut LP was released in 1957, a mere two years before this, his seventh! That’s Beatles’ territory. Except that Ray was there first. So, technically, the Beatles were in Ray’s territory. One of the things most noticeable about Ray Charles is his ability to make any song- no, any genre- his own. Give him a standard, and it’ll swing before Ray’s done with it. Give him a torch song, he’ll cook with it. Give him a country & western song, for God’s sake, and he’ll serve it as chicken fried soul food. And Ray opens right up with his signature swing on ‘Let The Good Times Roll,’ his anecdote to the blues, and with a number of options open, honey, including… you know. Rocking and rolling was originally a 17th century expression used by seamen to describe the motion of a ship on the sea. Eventually, though, it grew into a way of referring to a rhythmic movement of any kind. And if some of you young bloods have not yet learned this, there’s a time for rockin’ and then a time for rollin’. You’ll end up rockin’ if you begin by rollin.’ Doesn’t work the other way. Ray knows that. Now you do, too. Swinger . But these more upbeat, good time numbers are only supporting actors in this cast. The lead is the blues. We’ve swung a bit on side one, dipped our toes a bit in the blues already (but even ‘Two Years Of Torture,’ despite the title, was loaded with plenty of big band sparkle), and ended with a celebration of love, the answer to the question, ‘Do I need you, honey?’ ’Deed I Do.’ But by the time side two opens, lord have mercy. Ray must have known that by side two we’d be 2-3 drinks in, prepared emotionally for where the blues will take us. But again, not just any blues, but Ray’s special blend. When were the blues ever so smooth, so… delicious? God, if my blues could feel like ‘Am I Blue?’ sounds! On ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’,’ have you ever heard someone dissed and dismissed, but served so scrumptiously, like a rich chocolate eclaire with a cup of silky French roast coffee. Luther Ingram had a big hit in 1972 with ‘If Lovin’ You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right.’ Well, if being blue, the Ray Charles way, is wrong, than I don’t wanna be right either. And finally, the piece de resistance. Whereas the opening number offered the anecdote to the blues in the quest for a good time, he ends with another solution, and one that will ultimately conquer the blues altogether: Love. The genius of unconditional love, come rain or come shine.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Awesome -- great music all around. I'm not sure I realized what a big band musician he was. I always kinda figured more of his stuff was kinda stripped down, but it really sounds like classic 50's-60's big band music. Great for weddings, dinner, and cooking.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Lovely, just bloody lovely.

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Thu Dec 24 2020
4

One half of abrasive, distorted horns and raucous blues, one half of piano ballads. Really feels like tweo seperate mini albums. Great singing, hit and miss on the songs.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

-old school 50’s swing album -alexander’s ragtime band - big brass, very upbeat olds hook swing, almost reminds me of fallout new vegas music -just for a thrill - slow paced, piano jazz tune

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Ray Charles is just a delight. It's a bit big-band over the top for me as an album but the songs are great and man can Ray sing. Pretty fun album top to bottom.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

So, Ray Charles still gets played a lot today because of the way he fused Jazz, Gospel & R&B. The LP What’d I Say, which came out in the same year as this, I would expect to see on the 1001 list (it isn’t). Instead you get covers of jazz-pop standards. They’re well delivered and I guess he won over members of the Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett crowd but the modern musicians/stars who cite him as an influence aren’t doing so because of stuff like this. It appears the only other RC album put forth by 1001 (1st ed.) is Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (?)

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

I love his voice but found myself getting bored

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

It has a great sound, but a bit dated. Big horns, big drums, smoky lounges. Not sure when I'd listen to it again.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
1

Fuck Ray Charles

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Fri Oct 30 2020
5

BIG BAND JAZZ

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Beautiful charming

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

great listen. Always loved Ray.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

First one I really enjoyed, and actually listened through. Have always loved Ray Charles. So soothing, crooning, wanting, in love. Great!

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

Dope

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Liked. relaxing.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

just gorgeous

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Yes I really liked this

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Genius indeed

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Album name says it all. Don’t think this is his finest work but still deserving of top marks

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

Quality, Ray Charles is an OG baller

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

A classic, reminded me of my parents

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

GREAT Jazz

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Took me back to grade 8. The big band feel was a nice change.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

An artist stepping outside the box and doing that creative thing....Swing and Pop...sure. Why not!

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

a masterpiece

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Stellar from front to back. Didn't expect so many string and chorus harmonies throughout. Plenty of classics I've heard before

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Yep

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

What an amazing sound! A well titled album.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Loved every minute! Timeless classic!

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

Pure gold

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Oh yeah. Big Band feel? All about this.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

Sweet, sweet jazz

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Boy is this album named correctly! Genius!!! Whether he’s partying, romancing, breaking up or heartbroken, I want to listen to Ray telling the story. My kind of music.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

Great tunes. Great voice

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Great album, especially if you want an overall slower paced R&B style. Pretty easy 5 stars.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

jazz music! big, brassy intense. digigng it. great listen. easy 4 or 5!

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

I mean, it’s Ray Charles and a big band…how great is that!?

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Ray's music always works

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Loved it. Good background dinner jazz/swing music.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

9/10

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

A ten out of ten

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Incomparably classy.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

5/5. Ray Charles’s singing is pretty dynamic actually. Lowkey better than Sinatra 🤭🤫

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Ray Charles is brilliant.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Good classic Ray Charles. Album does not disappoint.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
5

Le genie de ray charles, evidemment. 5* merci pour cet album.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Incredible!

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

smooth and pleasant

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Loving both Ray and Louis Jordan, as I do, I have to admit I couldn't wait to hear this album again. some classics on here but Ray's original voice and these different arrangements are classics in themselves. Love "Let the Good Times Roll" and "It Had To Be You" (Which I first heard on "A Little Touch Of Schmillson In The Night" A great Album that should also be on this List!) But I don't think there is a bad track on this album in my honest opinion. Rightfully on the list I say!

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

This was an excellent album! It is the only record I received so far that I actually listened to twice in one day because I enjoyed it so much. Ray Charles is always fantastic, and his performance here is top notch. I have heard what feels like a lot of his work over the years, but I did not recognize any of the tracks on this particular album. For what I know about him, this was a perfect representation of what he is capable of. The first half features more upbeat, big band music (my favorites being Alexander's Ragtime Band, Let the Good Times Roll, and Deed I Do) while the second half features some great orchestral ballads (the highlights being Just for a Thrill and the last three song stretch which is definitely the brightest spot of this record). I found this division between styles super interesting as this was obviously originally intended to be listened to as "Side A and Side B". Some might find this a bit repetitive as there is not much instrumental diversity throughout the two different types of songs, but that didn't really hurt it at all for me as the music and performance from Charles were both very strong. This album is absolutely timeless and nearly perfect. I will definitely come back to this one in the future (maybe I can even find an original pressing for my collection). 4.5/5.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Just a good album. I think this might be the first full Ray Charles album I've heard and I am slightly ashamed by that fact.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

um meio-termo q extrapola 💯

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Yep, genius is right

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

..and to think he accomplished it all without a sense of smell.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Highlights: Let the Good Times Roll Two Years of Torture Deed I Do Just For A Thrill Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' Artwork: 4 / 10 Rating: 9 / 10

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

I could listen to this all day.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

10/10 my man Ray out here makin the best hits of the century

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Tue May 10 2022
5

GRAND RAY FUCKING CHARLES

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Very good. Great summer album. Makes me wanna sit outside somewhere and people watch.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Perfection, geniality, superb arrangements, Ray has an unique talent.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Ray Charles is another of those artists my dad really loved so I heard a lot of him growing up. No sure if I’ve ever heard this album in particular, but I knew some of the songs and very much enjoyed it! Smoking in some places, sumptuous in others, this is a really wonderful addition to the day.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Sailing smoothly from big band horns to jazzy sax and piano to lush orchestral strings, The Genius of Ray Charles is one glorious ride.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

I was not familiar with these Ray Charles tracks, but it was a great listen. Lots of fun and musically interesting.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

This was a surprise and a discovery to listen to. I guess I thought I knew my basic Ray Charles. Big band and orchestra arrangements? Pop standards? But it was pure Ray singing, and while I was at first just a little skeptical, the second time through I just enjoyed the ride and loved his take on some classics. "Let the Good Times Roll" was really a ton of fun and "Am I Blue" was gorgeous. I'm so happy I got to hear this today!

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

A beautiful album, Brother Ray’s prowess on keys alongside that whisky smoked voice is a transportive, enrapturing experience. Whether ballad or big band, there’s none finer. The arrangements are sublime (including two by Quincy Jones), the band are brilliant.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

Great Voice, great album

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

You are hosting for your third date. Get some wine and cheese, maybe you just went to the theatre. You show your record collection and of course play this, after telling some bohemian story about how you found it on some random second hand record store. It has to be on a small central-european city, of course. But it works, and the date is a blast.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Amazing. Ray Charles’ voice just gets you.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Brilliant

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Loved it

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Always solid.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

He does Sinatra better than Sinatra. Beautiful.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Glorious. No notes.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Can't beat ya charles

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

[07/09/2022] Fucking great. I knew my lucky number three wouldn’t let me down. The lyrics are good. The sound is better. Great both for listening attentively and for letting it play in the background as you do something else… I think this was soul/jazz? Life kinda sucks rn but this definitely helps… I can make my days a little better just by listening to this. And Ray Charles was blind too?! Damn. Oldest album yet too, 1959. I wonder what the oldest one will be.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Ray Charles is a legend, and this album is legendary. Definitely something I wouldn't seek out on my own, but I'm glad I was recommended this album to listen to

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

LOVE IT

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

loved

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Sun Oct 16 2022
5

Yeh

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Fun stuff

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Fri Nov 13 2020
4

1959. Key Songs: It Had to Be You, Am I Blue, Alexander's Ragtime Band

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Mon Nov 16 2020
4

A lot better than expected. I went into this with some preconceived notions, unfortunately, but I still enjoyed most of the album. The ballads are definitely better than the uptempo.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

I recognize the genius of Ray Charles- but personally I've never been a huge fan of loud horns, big band style music. Four stars for being a building block of popular music just not really my thing

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Tue Oct 20 2020
4

Great album. Preferred the back half of more piano-based ballads to the first brass band stuff

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Tue Nov 17 2020
4

the "I'm gonna pretend I didn't see that" guy ray charles is good. great selection this week again so far

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Fri Nov 06 2020
4

good

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Not as prolific of an album I’d thought it would be but Ray can still knock em down

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

Classic Ray!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

I have had friends who are really into Tom Waits but my only exposure to him was Step Right Up. Sexy, jazzy,

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Swing

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Good sample opportunities...should resisten

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Another “let the good times roll”. Listened twice.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Production: 11/20 Songwriting: 15/20 Innovation: 10/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 16/20 =72 Lovely stuff

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

8

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

The music is great, but my goodness this album is abysmally recorded.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Just a phenomenal talent and Ray shines on this release. True legend, true genius.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Genius. Most of them.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Not something I would typically listen to, but I really enjoyed this. 3.5 stars.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Classic. Good stuff.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

extremely good

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Great jazzy/R&B/big band music from a legend

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Good old Ray. I’d heard some of these before. Others are new. I like how the album was arranged, A side having different instrumentation from the B side. Great listening for a Sunday morning

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

tres bon musicien inspiré mais encore pas le bon album ma préferé hit the road jack

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Gut

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

4/5

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

I respect him

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

A high 3 from me, rounded up to a 4. Love Ray Charles, but would've preferred a more soul album than the one we got. A sign of the times, but wish the album was longer too.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

This was a good one. All classic songs and very mellow as we read our books before bed. ****

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Jazzy

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Really enjoyed this, definitely deserves the acclaim

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Goeie uptempo bigband muziek

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Mooi.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Storbandsjazz. Rätt bra.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

A compelling mix of late period big band and piano ballads tied together by Ray Charles' soulful delivery. Not everything lands perfectly, but it leaves a warm impression. Ultimately, I think some of his strongest work is elsewhere. Rating: 3.5/5 Favourite tracks: Let the Good Times Roll, Come Rain or Come Shine

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Holy horns, Ray! The production on this record really elevates these songs. I felt like reaching for my non-existent Old Fashioned the second "Let the Good Times Roll" started playing. Even if Ray Charles has objectively better songs from different albums, the first half of this record put a smile on my face. The latter half is mostly slowed down piano ballads, but honestly, he earned it. Time to dive deeper into Ray's lengthy discography. 3.5/5 Fav Tracks: Just For A Thrill, Let the Good Times Roll, Come Rain or Come Shine

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Wonderful to hear Ray with a full orchestra! A legend

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Won a game of tft to this :)

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Fri May 28 2021
4

For an album this old, the recording quality is very surprising. The horns at times can sound a little squished, but the mix is actually quite nice with nothing mixed too low. I've never been well versed in music before about the 70's, but this album makes me want to change that. The Genius of Ray Charles was much more enjoyable than I expected; however, I much prefer the first half to the second. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 12.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Amazing album!

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

What a joy! Just right up my alley. When you think of the ten most known Ray Charles songs, I'm guessing not a one of them are included on this album. And yet this comes as close to a perfect Ray Charles album as you're going to find, especially from this era. I expected to hear Ol' Ray's version of "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" to be the one I only knew by Gerry and the Pacemakers, so this version was new to me. I'm sure Ray would have nailed that version, too. Look, it goes without saying Ray's a legend and both albums on this list deserve placement in the upper echelon. But after hearing Ray's version of "Come Rain Or Come Shine", I have a hot take. I prefer Don Henley's version. If you knew my appreciation of Henley's work that wouldn't be surprising at all. I could listen to Don Henley and Ray Charles sing the phone book.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

I love Ray Charles and was obsessed with him for awhile. I love his phrasing on nearly everything. His music is like a comfort food to me. The Atlantic years are definitely my favorite period but the recording on this album is kinda harsh, especially when listened to on headphones. Wish I had this on vinyl. Definitely prefer side B with the more low key arrangements that allow you to hear his piano playing more clearly. Kinda wish the whole album was in that more restrained style but "Let The Good Times Roll" from Side A really swings.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Nice to hear, what a voice! Lots of good songs. Some of the content of his songs haven't aged very well but these are pretty good for the most part.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Great one, very solid recording, that production is just amazing!

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

First album here. This was a good album. Wasn't anything super special, just a solid blues album. The audio quality was surprisingly good for an album from 1959. 3.7/5

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Genius!

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Fun to listen to but the last couple songs got slow. Also there are some production issues that are a product of time. 7/10

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

8/10. Enjoyable, quick songs. Rather samey, but doesn't drag on.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Okay, a little boring. 7

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Pretty fun!! Cool arrangements and Ray Charles’s voice and performances are so iconic. Still, a lot of these tunes fell kind of flat for me, but that might’ve been bc I was listening in the car on crappy earbuds. 7/10

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Gute Platte.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

4.5 - I feel like I'm enjoying Sunday brunch at a medium upscale restaurant on a sunny day, waiting in relaxed anticipation of that first cocktail. This record starts with peppy big band tracks and then gradually mellows into tender ballads. Ray Charles' voice sounds like gravelly honey.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

A real RAY of sunshine. It’s just delightful, effortless, blissful, and makes me wonder why I’ve not given Ray Charles more than a cursory look before.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Silky smooth voice. Soaring instrumentals. I have a very specific love of Ray Charles that is entirely cultivated from the film soundtrack. This doesn't have most of my faves on it, but it's a good place for me to start delving deeper. Some wonderful moments in here. You won't let me go and Am I Blue really got me weeping invisible but very real tears.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

fínt

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

I like the rock/blues vocals over the Lawrence Welk arrangements. Ha. I really mean that as a compliment. How can a person hear this and not love it. I'm giving it a 4/5 because being a teen in 1959 would have been awful without music like this. Hold on kids, 1964 is just a few short years away and you'll be in college, better understood, and very stoned soon...

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

great album

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Loved the big band stuff from the first half, and the ballads were really nice as well. Favorites: Let the Good Times Roll, It Had to Be You, Am I Blue

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Never heard anything but his huge hits and the songs from the movie. Enjoyed this album a lot.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

I enjoyed this, though it does get a bit samey after a while. Absolute legend though, and makes me imagine being at a big party in the 60s. Feels weird not to give him 5/5 but there we go

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Really smooth album to listen to, amazing vocals, happily have it on as background music whenever. Solid 4/5

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Quintessential example of Big Band music although the recording quality is really poor. Very sudden but welcome transition to ballads in the second half.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Feels very New York Christmas. Very cool and boozy

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Surprised by this. Really nice and mellow tunes

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

This was good. Easy listening. Sounded like most music from the 50s

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

I've been getting into "older person" music more recently (because I am becoming an old person) and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Maybe a little much in the horns and strings department, but this seems to be the norm in the day, and I'm actually getting use to it and enjoy it. Anyways, a classic record from old Ray!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Just a fun album to listen to.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Enjoyable album, I especially liked the first few songs. Unfortunately his version of Come Rain or Come Shine does not come close to Billie Holiday's version, so I almost docked some points for that, but in the end I still really enjoyed almost all of the album.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Very enjoyable album with some great classics.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

With most of my knowledge of Ray Charles having been gleaned from watching him in The Blues Brothers, I wasn’t expecting an album of swinging big band American jazz numbers backed with a selection of seductive, smoky ballads. I wasn’t disappointed though.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Classic

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Ray Charles delivers an excellent vocal performance. However, in the wake of what was happening in jazz at the time, his big band backed vocals sound a little dated. His piano playing is bluesy and is often subtle. Overall, a wonderfully coherent album if not a bit samey.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Nice little bit of easy listening style jazz. Fave track - toss up between "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "Come Rain or Come Shine"

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

Classic und schon echt gut

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Georgia

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Good stuff.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Piano man

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Legend!

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

far better than I was expecting.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Great album

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Buen álbum de Jazz

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Nice soulful voice. The album was an enjoyable listen. Not my usual genre of music bit did enjoy the album. Will most likely listen to some more of his work

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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

elegant

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Timeless

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Charles is top-tier in this album, and some of the beautiful performances I've heard from him are on this album! Especially "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Am I Blue"!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

To chill and relax! Melhor música: Come Rain or Come Shine

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

One of the better singers of the history. Great to hear him. Hope to listen more of his works soon

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Oldschool, swingy big band, blown out horns, badass.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

MUSIC FROM WAY BACK. GOOD ALBUM

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Grandma and grandpa’s house.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Love songs,

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Ray Charles is definitely a genius, but this is not really the album I'd use to demonstrate that. This is great music for listening to while wallowing in a nice hot bath. Not something that rewards close listening.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

The seventh album from Ray Charles. Ray sings standard songs from The Great Amercian Songbook (early 20th American jazz standards, popular songs and show tunes). Apparently, this is his breakout from Rhythm & Blues to a bigger, broader musical stage. The songs on Side 1 are backed by a Big Band and are more of that style. Side 2 songs are backed by a string arrangement with more emphasis on Ray's piano. The singing of Ray is outstanding throughout. I liked the Side 2 songs better with the string arrangement background since the focus was more on Ray's voice and the songs seemed more soulful. Not that the big band style completely buried Ray's voice though. For sure, the highlights of this album are the last three songs, "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'," "Am I Blue?," and "Come Rain or Come Shine," where he takes his soulful voice to a whole other level. I thought this album might sound too dated for me to completely like but with repeated listens, I really enjoyed it and appreciated the music and the genius of Ray.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Opinions are based off first listen, notes are in order of tracks. Track 1, Let the Good Times Roll, had a very good backtrack and vocal performance. It’s definitely from the late 50’s, given that the trumpet is so present in the mix. The lyrics have a good message, and I overall enjoyed the song quiet a bit. Track 2, It Had to Be You, was a very pretty baller type of track. You can hear the Sinatra influence, but it has its on flair of uniqueness. This track had an even stronger vocal performance and the back track was much more to my liking. Track 3, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, was a very lively track. Not much to say lyrically, but the music makes up for it 2 times over. It’s very basic 50’s music, definitely above average, but it’s something I’m not used to. The new change is very welcomed and appreciated. Track 4, Two Years of Torture, once again followed the same formula. However, the formula works for this style if music. I’ve yet to get bored of the blaring trumpets and bellowing of low notes. I enjoyed the pause near the end of the track and the last verse, it was a nice way to wrap up the track. The lyric performance also took a step up in this track, but still not amazing. Track 5, When Your Lover Has Gone, was a beautiful track. Although I can’t relate to the lyrics of my lover being gone, it’s a basic message that anyone can relate to. The trumpets continue on in the background, and the vocals continue to stay strong. The vocal performance on this track however, was much more soft, which was a nice change. Track 6, Deed I Do, had a nice transition from the last track. The instrumental and vocal performance didn’t stand out much. Overall a good track, and it continues to show the artists talent. Track 7, Just For a Thrill, was another quieter song. Good vocals, instruments and lyrics. Overall brings the same energy as the last tracks, but adds the first incorporation of something new. The use of piano and a choir in the background was a nice touch. It made the track stand out in a sea of trumpet. Track 8, You Won’t Let Me Go, continued with the piano and back choir. Another balled type piece with a strong vocal performance. Very enjoyable listen, but nothing stand out about this track. Track 9, Tell Me You’ll Wait for Me, had nothing too special about it. Not much more variation from the last 2 piano incorporated tracks. Overall another good track, showing the artists consistency on this lp. Track 10, Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’, once again followed the pattern observed in the last couple of tracks. How we this track had much more use of a string instrument, likely harp or violin. This made the track a little more interesting, but still not much of a standout. Track 11, Am I Blue, once again was the same thing. It’s starting to get a little bit repetitive, and I’m enjoying the pattern less and less. I would not be able to tell the last 5 or so tracks apart from one another. That could be because my ears aren’t trained to the sound, but it’s the way I feel about them. Track 12, Come Rain or Come Shine, was Boring. It sounded the same as the last tracks. Good way to close the track, but ruined by the respective nature of the tail end of the lp. The second half of the lp started off strong, but didn’t change much of anything as it went on. This caused the album to get very boring. However, the change from the first half to second half made the lp quite dynamic and interesting. Overall, the album was a fun listening experience, it just left much to be desired. I’d give this album a 7.5/10.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Really nice mix of classical Ray Charles, top music with some really smooth lyrics. Love it!

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Greatly preferred the latter half...

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

real musical genius

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Ray Charles is always amazing. Doesn't matter what he does. I didn't give it five stars because of the lack of hits. But I could certainly listen to him all day.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Awesome stuff. It loses one star because the blaring horns really started grating on me.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

It takes a pair to call your album "The Genius Of"... yourself. But for Ray Charles it is well deserved. His voice is wonderful, and the songs are timeless.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

Absolutely fantastic (8/10) FT: Come Rain or Come Shine, Tell Me You'll Wait for Me

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

It was fun to listen to and very mood setting. I think “deed i do“ was my favorite song in this album

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Sat May 07 2022
4

4/5 genius indeed.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Mestari. Eipä paljon muuta sanottavaa kuin todellinen klassikko, 4/5.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Vanha soul ja rythm and blues kyllä iskee meikäläiseen. Enää ku olis loputun määrä röökii 4/5

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Wed May 11 2022
4

I was surprised how jazzy this album is. I actually liked the second half better than the first, even though it was more laden with strings and 50s style pop production which I don't usually like. The songwriting in the second half (side) seems stronger to me. A quality album. 4 🌟

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Jazzy

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Grayt

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Tue May 24 2022
4

High Energy and swinging as it gets. Classic.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Great stuff.

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Sat May 28 2022
4

Some nice old timey pop. 50s must be my highest rated genre now for some reason

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Marvelous album. Great jazz in general. A couple of amazing songs, like "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'" and the opening with "Let the Good Times Roll"

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

Genius is fair.

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