True Genius: Sides Of Ray illustrates Ray Charles’ many musical “sides,” focusing each album side on the genre categories he visited most: soul, jazz & blues, country, and pop.
“Ray Charles is the only true genius in our business.” – Frank Sinatra
Ray Charles is both one of the most iconic artists of all time as well as one of the hardest to define by genre. At the beginning of his career, he was dubbed the Genius of Soul for boldly combining traditional R&B with gospel music and giving birth to soul music. Yet this momentous musical accomplishment was just the beginning of a five-decade career in which he uniquely succeeded in virtually every genre. Ray's unique mastery of music allowed him to continue to explore all forms of music, freely floating between jazz, blues, pop, rock, soul and country while continuing to combine them in new, unprecedented ways. This 2 LP 140G vinyl collection illustrates the many musical "sides" of Ray by focusing each album side on some of the broader genre categories he visited most.