SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews
Ray Charles – The Genius Sings the Blues – Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs
Published on August 20, 2010
Ray Charles – The Genius Sings the Blues – Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs Mono SACD UDSACD 2049, 34.3 minutes – Sound: **** Music: **** ½:
This album was produced in 1961 by Atlantic Records. It is a collection of 12 songs he made between 1952 and 1960. The sound is mono as were the original recordings. The recording has a reputation for being a classic album, but having some noise problems. Even the remastered Rhino disc had problems. For this new reissue, Mobile Fidelity went back to the original tapes and with state of the art remastering equipment made big improvements on them. There is no sign of hiss or other noise.
Ray Charles is one of the greatest vocalists ever. In the years these songs were made, he was in his youthful twenties. He does a very good job conveying the feelings of the blues on this album. The first cut, Early In The Morning, sounds a little bit closed in due to the mono recording. The players seem to be a little squeezed together. Fortunately the other eleven songs are much better sounding. Even in mono, the sound has a sense of great air and detail. Some of the sound quality is somewhat startling. Ray composed seven of the songs heard on the album. Though a bit short on time, a classic Charles album.
"Early in the Mornin", "Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)", "The Midnight Hour", "(Night Time Is) the Right Time", "Feelin’ Sad","Ray’s Blues", "I’m Movin’ On", "I Believe to My Soul", "Nobody Cares", "Mr. Charles’ Blues", "Some Day Baby", "I Wonder Who"
– Clay Swartz