Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack - 1956-62 Jazz Soul Blues - 180 Grm LP
Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
Wagram Music / Capitol – 3340276
Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation
A1 Unchain My Heart
A2 Hit The Road Jack
A3 Georgia On My Mind
A4 I Can't Stop Loving You
A5 Take These Chains From My Heart
A6 You Are My Sunshine
B1 What'd I Say (Part 1 & 2)
B2 Hallelujah, I Love Her So
B3 Bye Bye Love
B4 I Got A Woman
B5 Oh Lonesome Me !
B6 Takes Two To Tango
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 3 596973 402769
In just about every Hall of Fame that has anything to do with music, be it Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Gospel or Country & Western, Ray Charles' name is very prominently displayed. The most concentrated driving force in Ray's life was music and it's hard to argue with his claim, I was born with music inside me. Thats the only explanation I know. Rolling Stone has ranked him #10 on their list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time' and #2 on their list of the '100 Greatest Singers of All Time.'
the groundbreaking and influential music icon's top tracks which bridge a multitude of genres including the #1 hits "Georgia On My Mind," "Hit the Road Jack," "Unchain My Heart" and "You Are My Sunshine" to go along with timeless cuts like "I Got A Woman," "What'd I Say" and "I Can't Stop Loving You"
but "I Got a Woman" (composed with band mate Renald Richard) brought him to national prominence. The song reached the top of Billboard's R&B singles chart in 1955 and from there until 1959 he would have a series of R&B successes,
"Ray Charles is proof that the best music crosses all boundaries, reaches all denominations. He could do any type of music, and he always stayed true to himself. It's all about his soul...There's a reason they called Ray Charles "the Genius"...He showed there are no limitations, not for someone as good as he is. Whatever Ray Charles did, whatever he touched, he made it his own. He's his own genre. It's all Ray Charles music now."
With Charles achieving commercial success with his ballads like Georgia On My Mind and you would think that, like Nat King Cole, he might abandon recording jazz or R&B tunes.
His next chart hit in 1961 was even bigger. Hit The Road Jack topped both the Pop chart, where it stayed at #1 for two weeks in October, and the R&B chart for 5 weeks beginning October 2nd. The recording also won a Grammy in 1961 for the Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. Amazingly, it was yet to be released on an LP when it garnered such high accolades, evidence of the power of the 45 RPM record medium in 1961. Hit The Road Jack was originally released on just a two-song 45 RPM (ABC-Paramount 10244) and a four song extended play 7" jukebox 45 RPM called The Genius Hits The Road
Charles had a thing about applying himself to different styles of music. On the liner notes of this one, as I remember, he mentions he'd played in some "hillbilly" bands in Florida when he was younger, liked that music fine, and wouldn't mind recording some of it some time. Yes, he was predicting the "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music" albums he did, from which we know "I Can't Stop Loving You" and others.
Well, this album was his fling at doing "Rock & Roll" music. It doesn't sound like it to me, it just sounds like Ray, that voice, that piano, those arrangements, and a WONDERFUL set of songs by himself