Editors’ Notes With 1959’s The Genius of Ray Charles, the maestro produced a cinematic expansion of his rollicking, heartrending R&B. In the first half, big-band arrangements transform “’Deed I Do” and “Let the Good Times Roll” from beat-up pickup trucks into shiny, new Cadillacs. In the second half, a string orchestra elevates ballads like “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and “Am I Blue” into luxurious expressions of loss and loneliness. Through it all, Ray’s voice channels the rough-hewn emotion that was often lacking in an era of candy-flavored crooners.

SONG
Let the Good Times Roll
1
2:56
 
It Had to Be You
2
2:44
 
Alexander's Ragtime Band
3
2:54
 
Two Years of Torture
4
3:23
 
When Your Lover Has Gone
5
2:49
 
'Deed I Do
6
2:28
 
Just for a Thrill
7
3:28
 
You Won't Let Me Go
8
3:21
 
Tell Me You'll Wait for Me
9
3:25
 
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
10
3:45
 
Am I Blue
11
3:39
 
Come Rain or Come Shine
12
3:41
 

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