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SACD MFSL Ray Charles - The Genius sings the Blues

SACD MFSL Ray Charles - The Genius sings the Blues
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Ray Charles - The Genius Sings the Blues (Hybrid SACD)

The compilation of blues songs of 1961 was a political maneuver of the label Atlantic to disrupt the departure of Ray Charles to ABC Records. The twelve mono recordings are from the years 1952 to 1960 and Atlantic had the hit potential of the album completely underestimated. The pieces are not only blues but also represent a kind of Greatest Hits of the early Ray Charles work. The cover photo of Lee Friedlander would later become the trademark of the blind singer.

The MFSL reissue used the single master tapes from the previous Ray Charles albums to this compilation to show again in latest guise. Many previous re-issues were content with the digital revision of copies of copies used for the compilation and can not achieve the authentic sound of the era. Nevertheless, one should not look at this album with audiophile point of view, because Ray Charles übersingt the microphone sometimes significantly and tape saturation has to serve as a natural limiter. MFSL engineer Shawn R. Britton decided not to revise these points, but to transmit the sound of the master tape as real as possible. Regardless of these limitations succeeded MFSL the feat to bring the genius absolutely lifelike and growling in full jet lease on the hybrid SACD.

The MFSL reissue appear in mini-LP packaging with consecutive serial number.


  1. Early in the Mornin '
  2. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
  3. The Midnight Hour
  4. (Night Time Is) The Right Time
  5. Feelin 'Sad
  6. Ray's Blues
  7. I'm Movin 'On
  8. I Believe to My Soul
  9. Nobody Cares
  10. Mr. Charles' Blues
  11. Some Day Baby
  12. I Wonder Who

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