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15 February 2010

Live In Japan (1976)

  1. Intro
  2. Metamorphosis (CS - as; JE - tp)
  3. Pair Of Threes (LC - bs; JC - fl; EW - b)
  4. Spain (JE - fl; JE - tp; EP - as; SVR - ds)
  5. Blowing The Blues Away (EV - p; JE - tp; LC - bs; AE, JC - ts; BC - tp)
  6. Intro Ray Charles
  7. Let The Good Times Roll (JC - ts)
  8. Then We'll Be Home (Sadies Tune)
  9. Till There Was You
  10. Feel So Bad
  11. Georgia On My Mind
  12. Busted
  13. Am I Blue (JC - flugel)
  14. Living For The City
  15. I Can't Stop Loving You
  16. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  17. Don't Let Her Know
  18. What'd I Say
The original Japanese album was
released as a 2-LP.
Solos #1 - 7 attributed by Jack Evans.

A magnificent live album that covers two Ray Charles concerts, in Tokyo and Yokohama, from his November 1975 tour in Japan. That month The Ray Charles Show was booked in 23 major Japanese cities; the album was cut in the week of November 24th (source here), and was released in July 1976.

Musicians: Reggie Walsh, Bob Coassin, Johnny Coles (flugel), Jack Evans – trumpets; Steve Davis, Wally Huff, Ken Tussing – trombones;  Ed Pratt, Clifford Solomon – alto saxophones; James Clay, Andy Ennis – tenor saxophones; Leroy  Cooper – baritone saxophone; Scott von Ravensberg – drums; Tony Matthews – guitar; Edgar Willis – bass; Ernest Vantrease – organ. The Raelettes*: Linda Sims, Dorothy Berry, Estella Yarbrough. Bernice Hullaby, Donna [second name unknown].

* The line-up above (L-R) is based on a statement by Estella, after being asked to check the large (blurred) central photograph on the album's cover.

Album: Crossover/London (Japan) #535/#536, 1976-07 (1975).


Feel So Bad:

Am I Blue:

Take Me Home, Country Roads:


  1. Dear Mr. Stumpel,

    I have - Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection - 5 CDs set.

    In the fifth CD, you will find - Am I Blue? and Till There Was You; both live.

    Do they belong to this Japanese concert?

  2. I don't have that box, but it's highly probable.
    Don't the liner notes say anything about the origin of the tracks?

  3. Je possède ce coffret et les deux morceaux proviennent de "Ray Charles live in japan " (1976).
    Sur le CD4 un 19eme morceau : Publicite Coca-Cola
    Sur le CD5 un 17eme morceau :Publicité pour une bière
    Ces publicités ne sont pas écrites sur les CDs.

  4. I remember reading somewhere about the addition of the Coca Cola commercial, as a bonus.
    I don't recall any beer commercial. For which brand was that? Can you share it with me?