The Genius Hits the Road

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The Genius Hits the Road
Studio album by Ray Charles
Released September 1960
Recorded March 25 and 29, 1960 in New York City
Genre R&B, blues, jazz
Length 33:37
Label ABC-Paramount
335
Producer Sid Feller
Ray Charles chronology
Genius + Soul = Jazz
(1961)
The Genius Hits the Road
(1960)
Dedicated to You
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Warr.org 4.5/5 stars[2]

The Genius Hits the Road is a 1960 album by Ray Charles. The concept album focuses on songs written about various parts of the United States. It peaked at number nine on the pop album charts and produced a hit single, "Georgia on My Mind".

Track listing[edit]

Original LP release[edit]

  1. "Alabamy Bound" (DeSylva, Green, Henderson) – 1:55
  2. "Georgia on My Mind" (Carmichael, Gorrell) – 3:35
  3. "Basin Street Blues" (Williams) – 2:46
  4. "Mississippi Mud" (Barris, Cavanaugh) – 3:24
  5. "Moonlight In Vermont" (Blackburn, Suessdorf) – 3:02
  6. "New York's My Home" (Jenkins) – 3:05
  7. "California, Here I Come" (DeSylva, Jolson, Meyer) – 2:10
  8. "Moon Over Miami" (Burke, Leslie) – 3:20
  9. "Deep in the Heart of Texas" (Hershey, Swander) – 2:28
  10. "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" (Bland) – 2:02
  11. "Blue Hawaii" (Rainger, Robin) – 2:58
  12. "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" (Gordon, Warren) – 3:05

1997 Rhino CD re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Sentimental Journey" (Brown, Green, Homer) – 2:58
  2. "Hit The Road Jack" (Mayfield) – 2:00
  3. "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (Monroe) – 2:12
  4. "Rainy Night in Georgia" (White) – 6:16
  5. "I'm Movin' On" (Snow) – 2:29
  6. "Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River)" (Charles)– 2:20
  7. "Lonely Avenue" (Pomus) – 2:34

2009 Concord CD re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Hit The Road Jack" (Mayfield) – 2:00
  2. "Sentimental Journey" (Brown, Green, Homer) – 2:58
  3. "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (Monroe) – 2:13
  4. "Rainy Night in Georgia" (White) – 6:16
  5. "The Long and Winding Road" (Lennon, McCartney) - 3:14
  6. "I Was on Georgia Time" (Charles) - 3:28
  7. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (Danoff, Denver, Nivert) - 3:34

Personnel[edit]

1997 Rhino CD re-issue bonus track personnel[edit]

  • Ray Charles – piano, vocals
  • Edgar Willis – bass (tracks 14, 17, 18)
  • Roosevelt Sheffield – bass (track 19)
  • Mel Lewis – drums (track 14)
  • Teagle Fleming – drums (tracks 17)
  • William Peeples – drums (tracks 18, 19)
  • David 'Fathead' Newman – tenor saxophone (tracks 14, 17 to 19), alto saxophone (tracks 18, 19)
  • Hank Crawford – alto saxophone (tracks 14, 17), baritone saxophone (track 17)
  • Leroy Cooper – baritone saxophone (track 14)
  • Emmet Dennis – baritone saxophone (tracks 18, 19)
  • John Hunt – trumpet (tracks 14, 17, 19)
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet (track 17)
  • Joe Bridgewater – trumpet (tracks: 18, 19)
  • The Raelettes – vocals (tracks 15, 17, 19)
  • The Jack Halloran singers – vocals (track 15)
  • The Cookies – vocals (track 19)
  • Frank Rosolino – trombone (track 14)
  • Harry Betts – trombone (track 14)
  • Kenny Shroyer – trombone (track 14)
  • Richard Nash – trombone (track 14)
  • Bruno Carr – percussion (track 14)
  • Ahmet Ertegun – producer (tracks 17, 18 19)
  • Jerry Wexler – producer (tracks 17, 18 19)[3]

References / External links[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Warr.org review
  3. ^ original and bonus track info at www.discogs.com