Brother Ray’s passing is unfortunate, but it does provide a good excuse to happily root through bunches of his old recordings.
It was often said that Ray Charles could sing the phone book, and make it sound convincing. Better trick: He could turn “Take Me Home, Country Roads” into soul music.
Anyway, I put together a mastermix CD of Ray for friends and neighbors. It’s mostly stuff on the Genius and Soul box set. The Sings for America album has a couple of them.
It starts out more rockin’ and swingin’ and gradually works toward more sad ballad stuff. Something like:
I’m Movin’ On
What’d I Say – Parts I & II
Hit the Road Jack
Let’s Go Get Stoned
(Nightime Is) The Right Time
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
I Got a Woman
Unchain My Heart
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (w/Betty Carter)
Georgia On My Mind
Born to Lose
I Can’t Stop Loving You
America the Beautiful
Seven Spanish Angels
Of course, it constitutes pure criminality to leave off any number of things, but for just one 77 minute CD, this seems a decent sample.
There’s one special missing item, however, with which I would love help. It’s something of a holy grail in Brother Ray rarities. I’m looking for the song “Questions.” It is a Ray Charles composition, the last song from the 1980 album Brother Ray Is At It Again. As far as I know, it has never been released on CD. My only copy is on a vinyl album that I’m a dozen years past having any way to play.
P2P has been no use. Anybody?
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