The Great Ray Charles

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The Great Ray Charles
Studio album by Ray Charles
Released August 1957
Recorded April 30 - November 26, 1956 in New York City
Genre R&B
Length 37:37
Label Atlantic 1259
Producer Ahmet Ertegün, Jerry Wexler
Ray Charles chronology
Ray Charles (or, Hallelujah I Love Her So)
(1957)
The Great Ray Charles
(1957)
Ray Charles at Newport
(1958)
Alternative cover
CD re-issue with six extra tracks from The Genius After Hours

The Great Ray Charles is Ray Charles' second studio album for Atlantic Records, released in 1957. It is an instrumental jazz album. Later CD re-issues often include as a bonus, six of eight tracks from The Genius After Hours.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ray Charles unless otherwise indicated.

Original LP release[edit]

Side A

  1. "The Ray" (Quincy Jones) – 4:00
  2. "My Melancholy Baby" (Ernie Burnett, George A. Norton) – 4:20
  3. "Black Coffee" (Sonny Burke, Paul Webster) – 5:32
  4. "There's No You" (Tom Adair, Harold Hopper) – 4:47

Side B

  1. "Doodlin'" (Horace Silver) – 5:54
  2. "Sweet Sixteen Bars" – 4:07
  3. "I Surrender Dear" (Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford) – 5:08
  4. "Undecided" (Sid Robin, Charlie Shavers) – 3:40

Note: Some sources list "Ain't Misbehavin'" in place of "Black Coffee".

1990 CD reissue[edit]

Includes 6 bonus tracks from The Genius After Hours

  1. "Dawn Ray" – 5:03
  2. "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 4:26
  3. "Music, Music, Music" (Bernie Baum, Stephen Weiss) – 2:53
  4. "Black Coffee" (Burke, Webster) – 5:43
  5. "The Ray" (Jones) – 3:55
  6. "I Surrender Dear" (Barris, Clifford) – 5:08
  7. "Hornful Soul" – 5:29
  8. "Ain't Misbehavin'" (Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 5:40
  9. "Joy Ride" – 4:39
  10. "Sweet Sixteen Bars" – 4:06
  11. "Doodlin'" (Silver) – 5:53
  12. "There's No You" (Adair, Hopper) – 4:49
  13. "Undecided" (Robin, Shavers) – 3:40
  14. "My Melancholy Baby" (Burnett, Norton) – 4:22

References[edit]

  • Atlantic Records 1259
  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. The Great Ray Charles at AllMusic