Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2010 box set from the Soul/Jazz/Rock legend containing five original albums from the Atlantic vaults packaged together in one great release! Features the albums Genius + Soul Jazz (1960), The Genius After Hours (1961), The Genius Hits The Road (1960), The Genius Of Ray Charles (1959) and The Genius Sings The Blues (1961). WCJ.
Personnel: Ray Charles (vocals, alto saxophone, piano); David "Fathead" Newman (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Emmott Dennis, Bennie Crawford (baritone saxophone); Joe Bridgewater, Lee Harper, Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (trumpet); Richie Goldberg, William Peoples (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Billy Taylor; Kenneth Lee Karpe; Gary Kramer; Leonard Feather; Nat Hentoff.
Rhino repackaged and re-released five Ray Charles' LPs on Atlantic -- The Great Ray Charles, Ray Charles at Newport, The Genius of Ray Charles, The Genius Sings the Blues, and The Genius After Hours --- as a slipcased box set. It's not a bad way to acquire the albums if you don't already own them, but isn't recommended for the casual fan. ~ Al Campbell