The Genius of Ray Charles? Someone decided Ray Charles was a genius and many of his album titles have agreed. I wonder if it was a tongue-in-cheek nickname. I knew I had heard of him before listening to the album, but after listening to the Side A I was not so sure. Unlike some of the females I have heard on the 1001 Albums, his voice is definitely one that is easily recognisable when you hear it once.
Surprisingly or maybe not surprisingly for the times The Genius of Ray Charles was a bit of a failure. Charles was a bit of an adventurer in more than one way. He liked to crossover through different genres. He played rhythm and blues, pop, swing pop, country, gospel, jazz and other women besides his wife. He had something in common with Stevie Wonder. They were both blind piano players, but I like Charles’ voice better.
Everywhere I look I see that Ray Charles was a songwriter, but if you look through his albums he rarely wrote anything. He probably wrote a couple lyrics once and was tagged a writer.
The B side of the album is filled with ballads and for me that is the side I would listen to much more. It was the side that I realised where I heard his voice. He sang a song with one of my favourite bands INXS. After some research I found a song that as a child I remember my grandmother playing on her record player “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” His voice is beautiful on the B side. I would buy this album for those six songs alone. It is a very romantic side.