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, 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. It is a concept album of sorts with the theme revolving around various parts of the U.S. The album peaked at #9 on the pop album charts and produced the 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