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The
architects of The Nashville Sound, the voices behind such eternal hits as Roy
Orbison’s Only the Lonely, Jim Reeves’ He’ll Have to Go and I’m Sorry by Brenda
Lee, The Anita Kerr Singers, through their long career, released several
“tribute” albums; Bert Kaempfert Turns Us On, The Anita Kerr Singers
reflect on the Hits of Burt Bacharach and the immensely popular, We Dig Mancini
– which defined the best of mid-sixties MOR and snatched a Grammy from under
the noses of the Beatles. “The Genius” in Harmony, released in 1962,
was their first such album, comprising songs written by or associated with Ray
Charles.
The
result of the layering of the charm and polish of the Kerr voices on

such dark material as Hard Times and Drown In My Own Tears is remarkable and
it’s difficult to understand how such a fine set can have been allowed to
languish out of print for so long.

Here’s
what Anita Kerr herself said about the project at the time: ‘It’s

like electing someone to public office who feels just the way you feel

about things. Ray Charles was the person chosen to express all the pent-up emotions
of the human soul: the entertainer born to spread these emotions out on the
table for the whole world to see, close up and in broad daylight.

They
call him “The Genius”. I think of him as a restless genius. One

moment he’s topping everything you’ve ever heard in blues singing, and the next
moment he moves on to old standards like Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia On My Mind.
Before you can get used to him in that vein he’s

gospel-flavouring the songs he does, like I Got A Woman. Then he’s

knee-deep in the country field or meeting Irving Berlin head on in a song that
dates back to 1911, Alexander’s Ragtime Band. And in between all these have
come other great songs we’ve tried to interpret for you here, such as Ruby,
with its lush, soft-ballad air, the almost haunting Hard Times and the ram-paging
Hit the Road Jack. ‘Reflections on Ray Charles’ greatness in the dimen-sions of
four voices – this is what we’ve tried our very best to bring you.’

One
of the best arrangers in the business, Anita was not averse playfully

exploring the early sixties pop universe with fictitious ensembles and

featured here also are the two singles by Anita & the So & So’s,
including their sweet US hit, Joey Baby.

Release Date: 13/05/2013

Weight 200 kg
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1. DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS
2. YES INDEED!
3. GEORGIA ON MY MIND
4. ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND
5. HARD TIMES
6. WHAT’D I SAY
7. SWANEE RIVER ROCK
8. WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU
9. HIT THE ROAD JACK
10. I BELIEVE TO MY SOUL
11. RUBY
12. I GOT A WOMAN
13. HEY JOE
14. MY LAST DATE (WITH YOU)
15. SINGING THE BLUES
16. THE OLD MASTER PAINTER
17. YOU DON'T KNOW ME
18. NEAR YOU
19. NIGHT TRAIN TO MEMPHIS
20. I'LL HOLD YOU IN MY HEART
21. BYE BYE LOVE
22. FOUR WALLS
23. OH LONESOME ME
24. HALF AS MUCH
25. JOEY BABY
26. RINKY TINKY RHYTHM
27. TO EACH HIS OWN
28. TELL TALE

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