When I listen to Ray Charles I get the message. It is loud and clear in his writing, his singing and his performance on piano and occasionally on alto saxophone. What'd I Say, naturally, is included in this album.
There are other well-known Soul songs dedicated to the artists who made them famous. We include Green Onions which was first recorded by Booker T. and the M.G.'s; Comin Home Baby, which Mel Torme did originally (I arranged and conducted his record); Fever, launched by Little Willie John; House of the Rising Sun from The Animals; Shindig from The Shadows; The Sidewinder, which gained note from the Lee Morgan record; Vinny Bell started The End of the Line; Memphis is a tribute from Chuck Berry and Watermelon Man found its beginning with Mongo Santa-Maria. Soul Searchin' and Tell It As It Is are original compositions.
This, then, is Soul Searchin', an instrumental album dedicated to Soul and the sense of good feeling it has spread around the world. This Soul music reaches the hearts of young dancers. It's stimulating, pulsating, with a rhythm common to "Soul Searchers" everywhere. The young enthusiasts who have made Soul music their own may dance in the spirit of Soul to our instrumental variations of their Soul favorites.
It's really only a short time since Soul has
locked the world in a passionate embrace. I share the great enthusiasm for it. Soul
Searchin' is my dedication to it.