Ray Charles
Ray Charles AKA Hallelujah I Love Her So


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by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
September 1st, 2010 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1957 | Tracklist


The first Ray Charles full length album, a self titled release later retitled Hallelujah, I Love Her So, was released in 1957 to a public largely oblivious that the foundations of a new kind of music named soul were being laid. Though lesser known contemporaries such as Solomon Burke helped to further develop it into a distinct niche, it is Ray Charles early Atlantic singles which are often claimed to have first playfully bridged influences ranging from rhythm & blues, country, gospel and jazz into something entirely fresh and new. Hallelujah, I Love Her So is a compilation of these early singles, and is a great little album.

Full of upbeat jazz flavoured numbers and downtempo ballads alike, each song present is written around a strong lyrical hook with Ray's distinctive voice carrying the show. Opener Ain't That Love is just pure fun, as is the title track, This Little Girl of Mine and Tell The Truth, each track peppered with jaunty piano chords, horn stabs and trumpets which go a long way to creating a spirited, uplifting atmosphere. The true strengths of Hallelujah, I Love Her So lie in its ballads, however. Drown In My Own Tears has become a soul standard, and rightfully so. Come Back Baby, Sinner's Prayer, Losing Hand and A Fool For You are equally powerful, featuring heartwrenching performances as Ray demonstrates a flair for emotional songwriting. Mary Ann and Greenbacks are the closest the album gets to pure jazz, the former a particularly infectious, energetic affair, Ray keeping things restrained enough to let a pop quality shine through at it's brightest though.

Ray Charles, AKA Hallelujah, I Love Her So is a collection of some of the earliest songs to make up the foundations of what is known today as soul music. It is important as a historical note, but the quality of music here remains strong and makes it a far from redundant and outdated recording. Ray would go on to record plenty of hit singles over the years and build himself into the status of an iconic legend, but still, his roots lie in his recordings for Atlantic.



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Meatplow
September 1st 2010


5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf0X7QuK4LI

Great performance.

Counterfeit
September 1st 2010


17819 Comments


omg a Ray Charles review? Nice!

Meatplow
September 1st 2010


5524 Comments


i'm surprised how few albums of his were even in the database before I started working on it let alone reviews

classic soul needs more love around here

Counterfeit
September 1st 2010


17819 Comments


Yeah, I really need to start beefing up my Soul collection too. Good review.

shindip
September 1st 2010


3536 Comments


the original pimp

Maniac!
September 1st 2010


26250 Comments


Meatplow, I love you. pos just because you reviewed Ray Charles

Sheeple9000
September 1st 2010


1349 Comments


Props for moar reviews of black musicians.

Please do some reviews of Herbie Hancocks or Stevie Wonder albums next.

Maniac!
September 1st 2010


26250 Comments


Please review Chuck Berry.

Maniac!
September 1st 2010


26250 Comments


....Or else I will. ;)

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


15035 Comments


all i have is da two volumes of new whatever in country and western music

Sheeple9000
September 1st 2010


1349 Comments


wow, Chuck Berry is still alive.

vanderb0b
September 1st 2010


3473 Comments


A Ray Charles review on Sputnik? Awesome.

IAJP
September 1st 2010


378 Comments


ray is such a legend. literally no way anybody could ever deny his influence in the field of....popular music. haha, i love him and sam cooke.

IAJP
September 1st 2010


378 Comments


also, though a primitive and not necessarily good an indicator of similarity, the similar artists and albums truly show how transcendental ray charles music is to this day. i am proud.

DiceMan
September 1st 2010


7068 Comments


Kickin'.

Stevie Wonder is the only other true soul artist I listen to... I think.

taroo
September 1st 2010


2126 Comments


I've been wanting to start listening to Ray Charles

BigHans
September 1st 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Genius

Meatplow
September 1st 2010


5524 Comments


Meatplow, I love you. pos just because you reviewed Ray Charles


yay

....Or else I will. ;)


I've been wanting to start listening to Ray Charles


do it

all i have is da two volumes of new whatever in country and western music


yeah these are some of his best, his entire discography i've heard is great. a lot of his Atlantic stuff is hard to find outside of the official boxset release which tracklist is scattered all over the place I might suggest picking that one up instead of hunting up individual albums

ray is such a legend. literally no way anybody could ever deny his influence in the field of....popular music. haha, i love him and sam cooke.


his facial expressions kill me

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


31163 Comments


Plow reviews again

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

Maniac!
September 1st 2010


26250 Comments


Plow, you still need to promise me a Chuck Berry review



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