Ray Charles – The Genius Sings the Blues (1961/2016) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Lydia Ainsworth – Sparkles & Debris (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:23 minutes | 658 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Many musicians possess elements of genius, but it was the great Ray Charles who so fully embodied the term that it was bestowed upon him as a nickname. Blind since the age of six (from glaucoma), Ray Charles (Albany, Georgia, September 23, 1930 – Beverly Hills, California, June 10, 2004) combined elements of gospel, R&B and blues into a fervid, exuberant style that would come to be known as soul music.

The Genius Sings the Blues was released in October 1961 on Atlantic Records. The album was his last release for Atlantic, compiling twelve blues songs from various sessions during his tenure for the label. The album showcases Charles’s stylistic development with a combination of piano blues, jazz, and southern R&B.


1. Ray Charles – Early in the Morning
2. Ray Charles – Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
3. Ray Charles – The Midnight Hour
4. Ray Charles – The Right Time
5. Ray Charles – Feelin’ Sad
6. Ray Charles – Ray’s Blues
7. Ray Charles – I’m Movin’ On
8. Ray Charles – I Believe to My Soul
9. Ray Charles – Nobody Cares
10. Ray Charles – Mr. Charles’ Blues
11. Ray Charles – Some Day Baby
12. Ray Charles – I Wonder Who