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Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004, aged 73)

すべてが素晴らしい、奇跡のような歌手。スティーヴィー・ワンダーやアレサ・フランクリンでさえ、レイ・チャールズの前では小さな存在に感じてしまいます。「ローリング・ストーンの選ぶ歴史上最も偉大な100人のシンガー」において第2位、「ローリング・ストーンの選ぶ歴史上最も偉大な100組のアーティスト」において第10位、「Q誌の選ぶ歴代の偉大な100人のシンガー」において第24位。いちどナマで見たかったです。。。

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    Ray Charles & Milt Jackson / Soul Meeting (US, mono, Atlantic, 1360) <1961>

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    Ray Charles / The Genius After Hours (US, mono, Atlantic, 1369) <1961>

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    Ray Charles / Do The Twist With Ray Charles (US, Atlantic, 8054) <1961>

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    Ray Charles / Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-465) <July 1, 1963>

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    Ray Charles / Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-465) <July 1, 1963>

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    Ray Charles / Have A Smile With Me (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-495) <June 1964>

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    Ray Charles / Have A Smile With Me (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-495) <June 1964>

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    Ray Charles / A Portrait Of Ray (US, ABC Records, ABCS-625) <March 1968>

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    Ray Charles / A Portrait Of Ray (ABC Records, ABCS-625) <1968, comp>

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    Ray Charles / Love Country Style (US, ABC Records, ABCS 707) <1970>

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    Ray Charles, Arbee Stidham, Lil Son Jackson, James Wayne (US, Mainstream Records, MRL 310) <1971>

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    Ray Charles & Milt Jackson / Soul Meeting (US, mono, Atlantic, 1360) <1961>

    Ray Charles & Milt Jackson / Soul Meeting (US, mono, Atlantic, 1360) <1961>
    (SIDE 1) 11783-A AT M
    (SIDE 2) 11784-A AT M

    Ray Charles と Milt Jacksonは1957年9月12日と58年4月10日にレコーディングを行い、その半分がまずアルバム"Soul Brothers"(1958年6月)として世に出て、残り(すべて1958年4月10日録音の音源)が1961年に "Soul Meeting"としてリリースされました。もともとそういう音源ですから"2 in 1"のCDで聴くのがいいのかもしれません。

    なお二つのセッションのサポート・メンバーは異なるようですが、Kenny Burrell、Percy Heath、Art Taylorらが参加している様子。なお、一部の曲ではRay Charlesがサックスを吹いているようです。

    Hallelujah I Love Her So
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpGZ3t-Pbg4

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    Ray Charles / The Genius After Hours (US, mono, Atlantic, 1369) <1961>

    Ray Charles / The Genius After Hours (US, mono, Atlantic, 1369) <1961>
    recorded ; April 30, 1956 - September 12, 1957 in New York City
    (Side 1) 11785-A
    (Side 2) 11786-A

    レイ・チャールズの初期の傑作。ハード・バップ期のジャズ・アルバムです。レイ・チャールズはピアノに専念し、歌っていません。レイ・チャールズをピアニストではなくソウル・シンガーと思っていたので、初めて聴いたときは衝撃を受けました。

    A-3,B-2,B-4,
    レイ・チャールズ (p) オスカー・ペティフォード (b) ジョー・ハリス (ds) 1956年4月30日ニューヨーク録音

    A-2,4, B-1
    レイ・チャールズ (p) ジョセフ・ブリッジウォーター、ジョー・ハント (tp)デヴィッド・ファットヘッド・ニューマン (ts) エモット・デニス (bs) ルーズヴェルト・シェフィールド (b) ウィリアム・ピープルズ (ds) 1956年11月20日ニューヨーク録音

    A-1, B-3,
    レイ・チャールズ (p) オスカー・ペティフォード (b) コニー・ケイ (ds) 1957年9月12日ニューヨーク録音

    The Man I Love
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV1hytIdTJA&index=7&list=PLnKUsyUYbuBsux_zm3oPTSg6dkIMmvK2P

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    Ray Charles / Do The Twist With Ray Charles (US, Atlantic, 8054) <1961>

    Ray Charles / Do The Twist With Ray Charles (US, Atlantic, 8054) <1961>
    (side 1) 11839-A (side 2) 11840-B

    1954-1960年の発表された音源によるコンピレーション。裏ジャケに「ツイストの踊り方」まで書かれてて大変よろしいかと。

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT438eg0Jhg

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    Ray Charles / Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-465) <July 1, 1963>

    Ray Charles / Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-465) <July 1, 1963>
    (Side 1) ABC465A1
    (Side 2) ABC-465B3

    "Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul" is a 1963 album by Ray Charles. It was arranged by Benny Carter, Sid Feller, Marty Paich, and Johnny Parker, with the Paich tracks also featuring accompaniment by the Jack Halloran Singers.

    せいぜい20枚ほどしか持っていませんが、これまでレイ・チャールズの作品を買って一度も後悔をしたことないです。この作品も本当に素晴らしいです。30年前に買ったベスト盤CDで知って大好きだった"Busted"や"Lucky Old Sun"などをようやくオリジナル盤で聴けました。大満足の1枚でした。

    "Busted"

    My bills are all due and the baby needs shoes and I'm busted
    Cotton is down to a quarter a pound, but I'm busted
    I got a cow that went dry and a hen that won't lay
    A big stack of bills that gets bigger each day
    The county's gonna haul my belongings away cause I'm busted.

    I went to my brother to ask for a loan cause I was busted
    I hate to beg like a dog without his bone, but I'm busted
    My brother said there ain't a thing I can do,
    My wife and my kids are all down with the flu,
    And I was just thinking about calling on you 'cause I'm busted.

    Well, I am no thief, but a man can go wrong when he's busted
    The food that we canned last summer is gone and I'm busted
    The fields are all bare and the cotton won't grow,
    Me and my family got to pack up and go,
    But I'll make a living, just where I don't know cause I'm busted.

    I'm broke, no bread, I mean like nothing, It's over

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4TjJcqz7XU

    「失恋」をテーマにしたよくある歌詞の歌と思っていた"Busted"が、実は「破産」の歌と知って衝撃!

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    Ray Charles / Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-465) <July 1, 1963>

    Ray Charles / Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-465) <July 1, 1963>
    (Side 1) ABC465A1
    (Side 2) ABC-465B1

    Although it was a big commercial success, reaching number two on the LP charts, this record would typify the erratic nature of much of Charles' '60s output. It's too eclectic for its own good, really, encompassing pop standards, lowdown blues, Mel Tormé songs, and after-hours ballads. The high points are very high -- "Busted," his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles, and the low points are pretty low, especially when he adds the backup vocals of the Jack Halloran Singers to "Over the Rainbow" and "Ol' Man River." A number of the remaining cuts are pretty respectable, like the tight big band arrangement of "Ol' Man Time" and the ominously urbane "Where Can I Go?"

    OL' MAN RIVER
    From the Broadway Musical "Show Boat" (1927) (Jerome Kern / Oscar Hammerstein II)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USB-GJEiobI&index=5&list=OLAK5uy_kncmSNZwUCzts1PtAmTM2w8fjHyLEfkno

    Niggers all work on de Mississippi**
    Niggers all work while de white folks play**
    Pullin' dose boats from de dawn to sunset
    Gittin' no rest till de judgement day

    Don't look up an' don't look down
    You don' dar'st make de white boss frown
    Bend your knees an' bow your head
    An' pull dat rope until you're dead

    Let me go 'way from the Mississippi
    Let me go 'way from de white man boss
    Show me dat stream called de river Jordan
    Dat's de ol' stream dat I long to cross

    Dere's an ol' man called de Mississippi
    Dat's de ol' man dat I'd like to be
    What does he care if de world's got troubles
    What does he care if de land ain't free

    Ol' man river, dat ol' man river
    He mus' know sumpin', but don't say nuthin'
    He jes' keeps rollin'
    He keeps on rollin' along

    He don' plant taters, he don't plant cotton
    An' dem dat plants' em is soon forgotten
    But ol' man river
    He jes' keeps rollin' along

    You an' me, we sweat an' strain
    Body all achin' an' wracked wid pain,
    Tote dat barge! Lif' dat bale!
    Git a little drunk an' you lands in jail

    Ah gits weary an' sick o' tryin'
    Ah'm tired o livin' an' skeered o' dyin'
    But ol' man river
    He jes' keeps rollin' along!

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    Ray Charles / Have A Smile With Me (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-495) <June 1964>

    Ray Charles / Have A Smile With Me (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-495) <June 1964>
    (Side 1) ABC-495-A ² LW BellSound
    (Side 2) ABC-495-B ² LW BellSound

    The idea behind this LP was to offer a lighthearted sequel to its quasi-concept predecessor, Sweet & Sour Tears. There's nothing wrong with the idea of letting Charles just kick back and have fun, but "The Thing" and "The Man with the Weird Beard" transcend the boundaries of humor into silliness and, worse, stupidity. On the other hand, he also turns out a good jazzy version of Hank Williams' "Move It on Over" (the record's highlight), and manages to swing through fairly superficial fare like "Ma (She's Making Eyes at Me)" and "Two Ton Tessie" with solid flair. It was another inconsistent '60s set, the shortage of top-notch tunes disguised by a flimsy concept, though he elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks).

    Ma (She's Making Eyes At Me)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWE87ykfTv0

    Ma, she's making eyes at me
    Ma, she looks so good to me
    Ma, she's almost breaking my heart
    I'm beside her, please let her conscience guide her
    Ma, she wants to marry me
    Be my honey bee
    Every minute she gets bolder
    Now she's leaning on my shoulder
    Ma, the girl's kissing me
    Ma, she don't look good to me
    Ma, her waist is 53
    Ma, she's almost ruined my car
    When we go out the tires all begin to blow out
    Ma, she wants to marry me
    You know that could never be
    Suppose a baby should come later
    It's got to look like an alligator
    Ma, won't don't you rescue me, hey
    Ma, I found out she's got dough
    Ma, the girl owns the B&O
    She just bought eight city blocks
    In New York City
    You know, all at once the girl looks pretty
    Ma, if I would say "I do"
    She would promise to
    Make my future very pleasant
    Fort Knox would be my wedding present
    Ma, she looks good to me
    Buy me the seven seas to swim in
    Replace the fish with gorgeous women
    Ma, she looks good to me[x2]

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    Ray Charles / Have A Smile With Me (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-495) <June 1964>

    Ray Charles / Have A Smile With Me (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-495) <June 1964>
    (Side 1) ABC-495-A ² LW BellSound 𝑠𝑓
    (Side 2) ABC-495-B ² LW BellSound 𝑠𝑓

    "Have a Smile With Me" is a 1964 album by Ray Charles. In a reversal of the previous concept album "Sweet & Sour Tears", this album is filled with humorous songs.

    前作がほろ苦い歌ばかりだったからか、次のこの作品はユーモラスな曲ばかりで統一されました。

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GoUPZorMMw

    "The Thing"

    While I was walking down the beach one bright and sunny day
    I saw a great big wooden box a-floating in the bay
    I pulled it in and opened it up and much to my surprise
    I discovered a * * * right before my eyes
    I tell y'all, I discovered a * * * right before my eyes

    I picked it up and ran to town as happy as a king
    I took it to a guy I knew who'd buy most anything
    But this is what he hollered at me as I walked in his shop
    "Ooh, get out of here with that * * * before I call a cop!
    Son, get out of here with that * * * before I call a cop!"

    I turned around and got right out, a-running for my life
    And then I took it home with me to give it to my wife
    And this is what she said at me as I walked in the door:
    "Ooh, get out of here with that * * * and don't come back no more!
    Please, get out of here with that * * * and don't come back no more!"

    I wandered all around the town until I chanced to meet
    A hobo who was looking for a handout on the street
    He said he'd take most any old thing. He was a desperate man
    But when I showed him the * * *, he turned around and ran
    You know, when I showed him the * * *, he turned around and ran

    I wandered on for many year, a victim of my fate
    Until one day I came upon Saint Peter at the Gate
    And when I tried to take it inside, he told me where to go:
    "Get out of here with that * * *, and take it down below!
    Ray, get out of here with that * * *, and take it down below!"

    The moral of this story is if you're out on the beach
    And you should see a great big box and it's within your reach
    Don't ever stop and open it up. That's my advice to you
    'Cause you'll never get rid of the * * *, no matter what you do
    I tell you, you'll never get rid of the * * *, no matter what you do

    彼が何を見つけたのか全然分かりません・・・・

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    Ray Charles / A Portrait Of Ray (US, ABC Records, ABCS-625) <March 1968>

    Ray Charles / A Portrait Of Ray (US, ABC Records, ABCS-625) <March 1968>
    (Side 1) ABC-M-625-A
    (Side 2) ABC-M-625-B

    Ray Charlesのスタジオ・アルバム。 「Eleanor Rigby」「Understanding」「Sweet Young Thing Like You」「When I Stop Dreaming」など多くのシングルを収録。ビルボードアルバムチャートでは最高51位を記録し、R&Bチャートでは5位、ジャズチャートでは4位を記録。レイ・チャールズは名盤だらけですが、名曲を集めたこれは特に聴きやすい一枚です。

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41Hx94kJuN4

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    Ray Charles / A Portrait Of Ray (ABC Records, ABCS-625) <1968, comp>

    Ray Charles / A Portrait Of Ray (ABC Records, ABCS-625) <March 1968>
    (Side 1) ABC-M-625-A
    (Side 2) ABC-M-625-B

    Ray Charlesのスタジオ・アルバム。 「Eleanor Rigby」「Understanding」「Sweet Young Thing Like You」「When I Stop Dreaming」など多くのシングルを収録。ビルボードアルバムチャートでは最高51位を記録し、R&Bチャートでは5位、ジャズチャートでは4位を記録。

    ビートルズのこの有名曲を、オリジナルかと思わせるほどレイ・チャールズ色に染めています。素晴らしいです。

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH81RJtakRU

    "Eleanor Rigby"

    Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
    Lives in a dream
    Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
    Who is it for?

    All the lonely people
    Where do they all come from?
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all belong?

    Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
    No one comes near.
    Look at him working. Darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there
    What does he care?

    All the lonely people
    Where do they all come from?
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all belong?

    Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
    Nobody came
    Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
    No one was saved

    All the lonely people
    Where do they all come from?
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all belong

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    Ray Charles / Love Country Style (US, ABC Records, ABCS 707) <1970>

    Ray Charles / Love Country Style (US, ABC Records, ABCS 707) <June 1970>
    (side 1) ABCS-707-A-1 △14897
    (side 2) ABCS-707-B-1 △14897-×
    1970年作品。タイトルを見るとカントリー・アルバムのようですが、そうでもないです。

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sJ3hihBOqg

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    Ray Charles, Arbee Stidham, Lil Son Jackson, James Wayne (US, Mainstream Records, MRL 310) <1971>

    Ray Charles, Arbee Stidham, Lil Son Jackson, James Wayne (US, Mainstream Records, MRL 310) <1971>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3dUVMoKfbM

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