• Ray Charles - A Message From The People
    (ABC/Tangerine Records  1972  ABCX755  US Press)

    Vinyl in Excellent+ condition
    (there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality apart from some light pops/crackles)

    Sleeve in Very Good+ condition
    - some wear to edges and split on top spine - import punch hole in top left corner and crease in top right corner


    Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles and sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into early performances recorded by Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles "the only true genius in show business", although Charles downplayed this notion. He was blind from age seven. His best friend in music was South Carolina-born James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", and like Charles an active lifelong Republican.

    The influences upon his music were mainly jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and country artists of the day including Art Tatum, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, and Louis Armstrong, though he maintained that he was most influenced by Nat King Cole. His playing reflected influences from country blues, barrelhouse and stride piano styles.

    Rolling Stone ranked Charles as number ten on its list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley".


    A1 Lift Every Voice And Sing 3:05
    A2 Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong
    Written-By – Dee Ervin
    A3 Heaven Help Us All
    Written-By – Ronald Miller
    A4 There'll Be No Peace Without All Men As One
    Written-By – Sadye Shepard
    A5 Hey Mister
    Written-By – Betty Lapcevic
    B1 What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
    Written-By – Melanie Safka
    B2 Abraham, Martin And John 4:49
    B3 Take Me Home, Country Roads
    Written-By – Bill Danoff, John Denver, Taffy Nivert
    B4 Every Saturday Night
    Written-By – A. Collins*
    B5 America The Beautiful 3:38


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