The fanfare may have subsided some since 2004’s Ray, but who doesn’t love Ray Charles every once and a while? He’s the best companion on a balmy summer day, the all time favorite guest at Sunday dinners, and just about everyone in the family can enjoy his company on a road trip. Okay, so that may have been a bit hokey, but isn’t it true? The late blind pianist was truly a legend and half a century later, he’s still relevant — so much so that he’s going digital!
No doubt one of the most anticipated song collections on the digital market, Charles’s post-’60s catalog is dusting off and coming up clean digitally. It all surfaced on Tuesday, when iTunes unreleased the respected tunes exclusively for two weeks, before releasing it to all other online outlets thereafter. For those already piqued, some hits include: ”Georgia On My Mind”, I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Hit the Road Jack”, “Busted” and “Crying Time”.
All of this comes just in time for Concord Records latest Charles-related release, Genius: The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection, a selection of tunes that showcases the late legend’s greatest hits. There are 21 songs in all, including “Busted”, “What’d I Say”, “Georgia On My Mind”, and “I Can’t Stop Loving You”. Naturally, all the tunes are remastered from the original tapes, sounding, well, better than ever. Although, come to think of it, sometimes the dust and crackles are nice.
Hmm, things have changed. Wait, that’s that other legend.