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Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles

By: Ray Charles

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Track Listing

DISC 1 for Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles Album By Ray Charles
1   My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do)
2   Who You Gonna Love
3   Sticks and Stones
4   Worried Life Blues
5   Georgia on My Mind
6   Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
7   Them That Got
8   I Wonder
9   Ruby
10   Hard Hearted Hannah
11   Hit the Road, Jack
12   The Danger Zone
13   Unchain My Heart
14   But on the Other Hand, Baby
15   Baby, It's Cold Outside
16   We'll Be Together Again
17   At the Club
18   Hide Nor Hair
19   I Can't Stop Loving You
20   Born to Lose
21   You Don't Know Me
22   Careless Love
DISC 2 for Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles Album By Ray Charles
1   Your Cheatin' Heart
2   You Are My Sunshine
3   Don't Set Me Free
4   The Brightest Smile in Town
5   Take These Chains from My Heart
6   No Letter Today
7   Without Love (There Is Nothing)
8   No One
9   Busted
10   Making Believe
11   That Lucky Old Sun
12   Ol' Man Time
13   Baby, Don't You Cry
14   My Heart Cries For You
15   My Baby Don't Dig Me
16   Something's Wrong
17   No One to Cry To
18   Smack Dab in the Middle
19   I Wake Up Cryin'
20   Makin' Whoopee (vocal) (live)
21   Makin' Whoopee (piano) (live)
DISC 3 for Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles Album By Ray Charles
1   Teardrops from My Eyes
2   Cry
3   I've Got a Woman (Part 1) (live)
4   I've Got a Woman (Part 2) (live)
5   Without a Song (Part 1)
6   Without a Song (Part 2)
7   I'm a Fool to Care
8   Love's Gonna Live Here
9   The Cincinnati Kid
10   That's All I Am To You
11   Crying Time
12   When My Dreamboat Comes Home
13   Together Again
14   You're Just About to Lose Your Clown
15   Let's Go Get Stoned
16   The Train
17   I Chose to Sing the Blues
18   Hopelessly
19   I Don't Need No Doctor
20   Please Say You're Fooling
21   I Want to Talk About You
22   Something Inside Me
DISC 4 for Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles Album By Ray Charles
1   Here We Go Again
2   Somebody Ought to Write a Book About It
3   In the Heat of the Night
4   Something's Got to Change
5   Yesterday
6   Never Had Enough of Nothing Yet
7   That's a Lie
8   Go on Home
9   Eleanor Rigby
10   Understanding
11   Sweet Young Thing Like You
12   Listen, They're Playing My Song
13   If It Wasn't for Bad Luck
14   When I Stop Dreaming
15   I'll Be Your Servant
16   I Didn't Know What Time It Was
17   Let Me Love You
18   I'm Satisfied
19   We Can Make It
20   I Can't Stop Loving You, Baby
21   Claudie Mae
22   Someone to Watch Over Me
DISC 5 for Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles Album By Ray Charles
1   Laughin' and Clownin'
2   That Thing Called Love
3   Till I Can't Take It Anymore
4   If You Were Mine
5   Don't Change on Me
6   Sweet Memories
7   Feel So Bad
8   Your Love Is So Doggone Good
9   What Am I Living For
10   Tired of My Tears
11   Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma
12   America The Beautiful
13   Hey Mister
14   There'll Be No Peace Without All Men As One
15   Every Saturday Night
16   Take Me Home, Country Roads
17   I Can Make It Thru The Days (But Oh Those Lonely Nights)
18   Ring of Fire

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Album Description

With the release of Ray Charles'' Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles, on November 15, 2011, Concord Records will make available for the first time the artist''s collection of ABC-Paramount singles during this prolific period (1960-1972).

The digitally remastered deluxe 106-song collection presents the A and B sides of 53 singles, including 11 #1 hits, such Grammy Award winners "Hit the Road Jack," "Busted," "Georgia on My Mind," "I Can''t Stop Loving You," "Crying Time," "America the Beautiful," and many more.

Twenty-one of the songs are making their digital debut, and 30 have never previously been available on CD. Liner notes were written by R&B recording artist and music historian Billy Vera and rare photographs are included.

According to Valerie Ervin, president of the Ray Charles Foundation, "This compilation provides an opportunity to hear Ray''s evolution into a full-fledged artist and creative force. The song selection was based upon the interpretation he could bring to the music and not the genre. The ABC singles comprise an epoch of essential Ray Charles music and a window into how his genius evolved."

John Burk, Concord Music Group''s Chief Creative Officer stated, "Ray Charles is one of America''s most iconic and treasured voices. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to present Ray''s historic ABC singles with the reverence and respect they deserve and continue our dynamic partnership and acclaimed reissue program with Valerie Ervin and everyone at the Ray Charles Foundation."

By the time the singer released his first single for his new label affiliation, ABC-Paramount, in January 1960, he had crossed over into the stardom that show biz insiders had long known was his due. After several years of R&B hits on his previous label, Atlantic Records, he''d finally reached the coveted white teen market with his smash, "What''d I Say," the simplest, most basic song of his career.

Charles'' contract was coming up for renewal and the Atlantic brass expected an easy negotiation. After all, most entertainers took a passive approach to their business, especially when things were going well. However, his agency, Shaw Artists, wanted to bring Charles to a broader audience, which they felt could be better delivered by a major record company.

One such company was ABC-Paramount, a newer major that had found success with teen idols Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian, while crossing Lloyd Price over into pop. ABC''s Larry Newton convinced label president Sam Clark that Ray Charles was the ideal artist to not only make hits but to attract other black acts to the fold. Charles was granted a magnanimous contract that included ownership of his masters after five years. Even Frank Sinatra, as Vera points out, did not have a deal like this.

Sid Feller became Charles'' A&R man and producer. Though as Atlantic''s Jerry Wexler once said, "You don''t produce Ray Charles; you just get out of the way and let him do his thing."

After striking a rich deal, the Ray Charles/ABC relationship had a momentary setback when the first ABC single, "Who You Gonna Love" b/w "My Baby," sold disappointingly. The second single, "Sticks and Stones," a "What''d I Say" knockoff, went to #2 R&B and #540 pop. Finally, the third ABC single, "Georgia on My Mind," culled from the album The Genius Hits the Road, reached #1 on the pop charts.

With the overwhelming popularity of "Georgia on My Mind," Charles was at last a full-fledged mainstream star, right up there with the Nat Coles and Peggy Lees. The company''s strategy was to cater to his new market while still releasing singles to serve his R&B base.

Charles in the meantime launched a publishing arm, Tangerine Music, signing one of the greats of West Coast blues, Percy Mayfield. Mayfield brought with him a song he''d pitched to Specialty Records without success, "Hit the Road, Jack." Ray''s version rose to #1 on both the pop and R&B charts. It was followed by "Unchain My Heart."

ABC-Paramount celebrated his grand success by giving Charles his own label, Tangerine, which he used to record some of his personal R&B heroes including Mayfield, Louis Jordan, and Little Jimmy Scott. At the same point in time, Charles became enamored of country music and recorded several country sides: "Take These Chains From My heart," "Busted," "That Old Lucky Sun," and from Buck Owens, "Crying Time" and "Together Again."

1966 saw the opening of Ray Charles'' own RPM Studios on Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles. The first song he recorded at the facility was "Let''s Go Get Stoned," a Coasters cover penned by Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Jo Armistead.

The ABC-Paramount recordings continued into the late ''60s and early ''70s. In 1972 Charles cut a version of the New Seekers hit, "Look What They''ve Done to My Song, Ma," but it was the B-side, "America the Beautiful," that became a runaway hit, Grammy Award winner (one of five on this collection) and to a younger generation unfamiliar with his earlier major works, his signature song.

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