Ray Charles Live

Ray Charles Live is a double LP compilation album by Ray Charles, released by Atlantic Records in 1973. It consists of live concert recordings previously released on Ray Charles at Newport and Ray Charles in Person (recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 and at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta in 1959, respectively). Later CD re-issues of this compilation include an additional, previously unreleased, track from the 1958 Newport concert, "Swanee River Rock."

Live album by Ray Charles
Released 1973
Recorded July 5, 1958 / May 28, 1959
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 71:55
Label Atlantic 503
Producer Nesuhi Ertegün / Zenas Sears
Ray Charles chronology
From the Pages of My Mind
(1986)From the Pages of My Mind1986
Just Between Us
(1988)Just Between Us1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
RS Album Guide[2]

Track listing

LP 1 (Newport concert)
side one

  1. "The Right Time" (Herman) – 4:06
  2. "In a Little Spanish Town" (Lewis/Wayne/Young) – 3:47
  3. "I Got a Woman" (Charles) – 6:24
  4. "Blues Waltz" (Roach) – 6:29

side two

  1. "Hot Rod" (Charles) – 3:43
  2. "Talkin' 'Bout You" (Charles) – 4:26
  3. "Sherry" (Crawford) – 4:18
  4. "A Fool for You" (Charles) – 7:15

LP 2 (Atlanta concert)
side three

  1. "The Right Time" (Herman) – 4:19
  2. "What'd I Say" (Charles) – 4:01
  3. "Yes Indeed!" (Oliver) – 2:23
  4. "The Spirit-Feel" (Jackson) – 4:08

side four

  1. "Frenesi" (Charles/Dominguez/Russell) – 4:58
  2. "Drown in My Own Tears" (Glover) – 6:12
  3. "Tell the Truth" (Pauling) – 2:46

additional bonus track on later CD re-issues (recorded 1958 at Newport):

”Swanee River Rock" (Charles) – 2:05

Much of the Herndon Stadium audience reaction and the compere's final comments "... Ray Charles, the High Priest — What a show! What a show!", are clearly heard in the Ray Charles in Person LP, but not evident in the CD release.


  • Ray Charles keyboards, vocals, alto saxophone
  • Marcus Belgrave trumpet
  • Lee Harper trumpet (Newport tracks only)
  • John Hunt trumpet (Atlanta tracks only)
  • David "Fathead" Newman tenor saxophone
  • Bennie "Hank" Crawford baritone saxophone
  • Edgar Willis bass
  • Richie Goldberg drums (Newport)
  • Teagle Fleming drums (Atlanta)
  • Marjorie Hendricks vocals
  • The Raeletts vocal group


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