Monday, February 21, 2011
RAY CHARLES - TELL ME HOW DO YOU FEEL?
This incredible b-side from the Genius was Ray's release just prior to the immortal "What'd I Say", and taking that track along with this one is almost like hearing the birth of the soul style. I know it would be be downright silly to try and pinpoint what the "first" soul record was, but between this track and the two parts of "What'd I Say" the mold was certainly cast and the blueprint drawn.
Written in collaboration with Percy Mayfield (one of the greatest, most underrated songwriters of all time), this track seems to be relatively forgotten by most. I'll admit, I didn't have it in my collection of 75+ Ray Charles 45's until I found this lovely French EP last summer.
While this track was relegated to a b-side, this track alone could show somebody who had never heard any of Ray's music (perhaps a visitor from another planet?) the immense genius of this artist; those vocals, that organ, the rhythm and those Raelettes; leaves me speechless.