CD Brother Ray's Blues [Digipak] (CD 1091059),
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Brother Ray's Blues [Digipak]

  • 1. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
    2. Kiss Me Baby
    3. C.C. Rider
    4. I'm Going Down to the River
    5. Alone in the City
    6. Rockin' Chair Blues
    7. Hey Now
    8. They're Crazy About Me
    9. Honey, Honey
    10. St. Pete Blues
    11. Going Away Blues
    12. All to Myself Alone
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SYN027

  • Credits
    ProducerPhilip Elliott Hopkins (Compilation); Ralph Stevens (Compilation)

    Includes liner notes by Billy Vera.
    Liner Note Author: Mac Randall.
    Ray Charles' musical baby pictures? The 18 tracks here were recorded between 1949 and 1952, before Charles had found his own style, and was merely, as liner note writer Billy Vera points out, just another Nat Cole/Charles Brown wannabe. On the aural evidence here, however, Charles leaned closer to Brown side of the equation; on a trio recording such as "Rockin' Chair Blues," he sounds like a slightly more low-down version of the real thing.
    Actually, there's somewhat more variety here than Vera's description lets on--several of the tracks depart from the Cole/Brown trio format. The version of "See-See Rider," for example, is obviously (desperately?) designed to be ultra-commercial, with Ray's funky vocal and piano juxtaposed with soppy strings and a big vocal chorus singing background doo-wahs. The concluding big band track, "Crazy About Me," is, however a full-bore, rather spooky emulation of post-trio Cole.

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