The Great Ray Charles

The Great Ray Charles is Ray Charles' second studio album for Atlantic Records, released in 1957. It is an instrumental jazz album. Later CD re-issues often include as a bonus, six of eight tracks from The Genius After Hours. The original cover was by Marvin Israel.

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The Great Ray Charles
Studio album by Ray Charles
Released August 1957
Recorded April 30 - November 26, 1956 in New York City
Genre R&B
Length 37:37
Label Atlantic
Producer Ahmet Ertegün, Jerry Wexler
Ray Charles chronology
Ray Charles (or, Hallelujah I Love Her So)
(1957)Ray Charles (or, Hallelujah I Love Her So)1957
The Great Ray Charles
(1957)
Ray Charles at Newport
(1958)Ray Charles at Newport1958
Alternative cover
CD re-issue with six extra tracks from The Genius After Hours

Track listing

All songs written by Ray Charles unless otherwise indicated.

Original LP release

Side A

  1. "The Ray" (Quincy Jones) – 4:00
  2. "My Melancholy Baby" (Ernie Burnett, George A. Norton) – 4:20
  3. "Black Coffee" (Sonny Burke, Paul Webster) – 5:32
  4. "There's No You" (Tom Adair, Harold Hopper) – 4:47

Side B

  1. "Doodlin'" (Horace Silver) – 5:54
  2. "Sweet Sixteen Bars" – 4:07
  3. "I Surrender Dear" (Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford) – 5:08
  4. "Undecided" (Sid Robin, Charlie Shavers) – 3:40

Note: Some sources list "Ain't Misbehavin'" in place of "Black Coffee".

1990 CD reissue

Includes 6 bonus tracks from The Genius After Hours

  1. "Dawn Ray" – 5:03
  2. "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 4:26
  3. "Music, Music, Music" (Bernie Baum, Stephen Weiss) – 2:53
  4. "Black Coffee" (Burke, Webster) – 5:43
  5. "The Ray" (Jones) – 3:55
  6. "I Surrender Dear" (Barris, Clifford) – 5:08
  7. "Hornful Soul" – 5:29
  8. "Ain't Misbehavin'" (Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 5:40
  9. "Joy Ride" – 4:39
  10. "Sweet Sixteen Bars" – 4:06
  11. "Doodlin'" (Silver) – 5:53
  12. "There's No You" (Adair, Hopper) – 4:49
  13. "Undecided" (Robin, Shavers) – 3:40
  14. "My Melancholy Baby" (Burnett, Norton) – 4:22

References

  • Atlantic Records 1259
  1. Yanow, Scott. The Great Ray Charles at AllMusic
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