by Ray Charles (1959)
My sticking point with Ray Charles has always been over-production. Those Disney-esque backup vocals and cascading orchestra? It’s too much and distracts from his voice.
So, a live album like Ray Charles in Person is perfect.
Same great songs minus all the fluffy polish. It’s a quick one, blink and it’s over, but you get some classic favorites ( “The Right Time”, “What’d I Say”, “Drown In My Own Tears”).
Most impressive? It was recorded on a rainy night by one guy in the audience with a microphone but it sounds amazing.