• Sides of Ray Charles

Sides of Ray Charles

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This double disc vinyl collection illustrates the many musical “sides” of Ray by focusing each album side on some of the broader genre categories he visited most.  Ray Charles is both one of the most iconic artists of all time as well as one of the hardest to define by genre.  At the beginning of his career, he was dubbed the Genius of Soul for boldly combining traditional R&B with Gospel music and giving birth to Soul music.  Yet this momentous musical accomplishment was just the beginning of a five-decade career in which he uniquely succeeded in virtually every genre.  Ray’s unique mastery of music allowed him to continue to explore all forms of music, freely floating between jazz, blues, pop, rock, soul and country while continuing to combine them in new, unprecedented ways.


● The first side focuses on Soul music. Of course, Ray put a little bit of soul in everything he did. But these songs and performances were a part of the bedrock of Soul, defining the genre that Ray Charles, more than any other artists, was responsible for creating.

● The second side centers on Jazz & Blues, which are as fundamental to Ray’s music as they are to American popular music. In this set, as in everything Ray sang, one can clearly feel the emotions that can only be brought on by life’s heartbreaks and hard times.

● The third side highlights another of Ray’s remarkable achievements, the dramatic expansion of country music. In this set, while every song is a country song, you’ll hear elements of jazz, blues, soul, gospel, and pop. Not only did Ray defy racial and musical boundaries , but he also elevated it to the world stage, creating the first ever world-wide pop hit with a country song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”.

● The last side, Pop Classics, is a bit harder to define. First, nearly everything that Ray Charles sang was a classic. And popular music changes with the times. If you consider “pop” as recordings that are universal in their appeal and that don’t sit neatly within another genre, then these songs fit the bill.

Full Track List


1. Hit The Road Jack
2. I Don’t Need No Doctor
3. Unchain My Heart
4. No One
5. Hide Nor Hair
6. I’ve Got A Woman (Live)


1. Let’s Go Get Stoned
2. I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
3. Smack Dab In The Middle
4. Them That Got
5. One Mint Julep
6. I’ve Got News For You


1. Here We Go Again
2. You Are My Sunshine
3. Crying Time
4. Take These Chains From My Heart
5. Ring Of Fire
6. I Can’t Stop Loving You


1. Georgia On My Mind
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. Busted
4. Till There Was You
5. Hallelujah I Love Her So (Live)
6. A Song For You