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Ray Charles – The Genius Sings The Blues (Mobile Fidelity Numbered Edition)

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The compilation of blues songs from 1961 was a political maneuver by the Atlantic label to disrupt Ray Charles' departure to ABC Records. The twelve mono recordings date from 1952 to 1960 and Atlantic had completely underestimated the album's hit potential. The tracks are not only bluesy, but also represent a sort of 'greatest hits' of early Ray Charles output. The cover photo of Lee Friedlander would later become the trademark of the blind singer

The MFSL Re-Issue used the individual master tapes from the previous Ray Charles albums to showcase this compilation once again in its latest guise. Many previous re-issues were content with digitally reworking copies of the copies used for the compilation and thus cannot achieve the authentic sound of the era. Still, this album should not be viewed from an audiophile standpoint, as Ray Charles clearly over-sings the microphone on occasion and tape saturation must serve as a natural limiter. MFSL sound engineer Shawn R. Britton chose not to rework these parts, but rather to convey the sound of the master tape as real as possible. Regardless of these limitations, MFSL managed the feat of bringing the Genie to the LP absolutely lifelike and growling in full beamwidth

The MFSL Re-Issue is released with consecutive serial number


"Ray Charles can simply do it better than the others." (LP Magazine, 12/2010 - 01/2011)

Release details

Artist: Ray Charles
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Format: LP
Units: 1
Country: US
Genre: Blues


A1 Early In The Mornin’
A2 Hard Time (No One Knows Better Than I)
A3 The Midnight Hour
A4 (Night Time Is) The Right Time
A5 Feelin’ Sad
A6 Ray’S Blues
B1 I’M Movin’ On
B2 I Believe To My Soul
B3 Nobody Cares
B4 Mr. Charles’ Blues
B5 Some Day Baby (Worried Life Blues)
B6 I Wonder Who