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The Genius Hits the Road

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Ray Charles 6/10/1997

Review

In keeping with his jazz/pop crossover ambitions, Ray Charles decided to record a concept album of sorts with a dozen songs devoted to various parts of the U.S. -- "Alabamy Bound," "Georgia on My Mind," "Moonlight in Vermont," "California, Here I Come," "Blue Hawaii," and more. The crossover vibe is further heightened by the brassy big-band arrangements, and material from the likes of Al Jolson and Hoagy Carmichael. It sounds a bit corny now, with an in-your-face gung-ho cheer. But it did what Charles wanted it to do, reaching the Top Ten of the album charts, and spinning off a big hit with "Georgia on My Mind." Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Alabamy Bound Ray Charles 1:51
  3. 2 Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles 3:33
  4. 3 Basin Street Blues Ray Charles 2:42
  5. 4 Mississippi Mud Ray Charles 3:21
  6. 5 Moonlight in Vermont Ray Charles 2:59
  7. 6 New York's My Home Ray Charles 3:1
  8. 7 California, Here I Come Ray Charles 2:6
  9. 8 Moon over Miami Ray Charles 3:16
  10. 9 Deep in the Heart of Texas Ray Charles 2:23
  11. 10 Carry Me Back to Old Virginny Ray Charles 1:58
  12. 11 Blue Hawaii Ray Charles 2:54
  13. 12 Chattanooga Choo Choo Ray Charles 3:1
  14. 13 Sentimental Journey Ray Charles 2:54
  15. 14 Hit the Road Jack Ray Charles 1:54
  16. 15 Blue Moon of Kentucky (Swingova) Ray Charles 2:7
  17. 16 Rainy Night in Georgia Ray Charles 6:10
  18. 17 I'm Movin' On Ray Charles 2:27
  19. 18 Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River) Ray Charles 2:18
  20. 19 Lonely Avenue Ray Charles 2:33

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