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Anthology

Ray CharlesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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R&B innovator Ray Charles was one of the most important musicians of the 1950s. Despite being blind from childhood, he was hugely successful at fusing elements of blues, country, gospel and doo-wop together to form a kind of proto-soul.

Despite losing his sight at an early age, he never let his disability stop him from being a success and scored several R&B chart hits in the ... Read more in Amazon's Ray Charles Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000348K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hit The Road Jack
2. Georgia On My Mind
3. Let's Go Get Stoned
4. I Don't Need No Doctor
5. Hallelujah I Love Her So
6. One Mint Julep
7. That Lucky Old Sun
8. Unchain My Heart
9. Don't Set Me Free
10. I Can't Stop Loving You
11. Busted
12. Crying Time
13. Cry
14. What'd I Say
15. Here We Go Agian
16. I Gotta Woman
17. Eleanor Rigby
18. You Are My Sunshine
19. Born To Lose
20. America, The Beautiful

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Even for a relatively brief (20-song) overview of Ray Charles's '60s output during the peak of his recording stardom at ABC-Paramount, Anthology covers a hell of a lot of styles. It couldn't be any other way, not when examining the period in which he hit the charts with transformed versions of half-forgotten standards ("Georgia on My Mind"), hip jazz instrumental takes on Clovers tunes ("One Mint Julep"), rocking uptempo R&B ("Hit the Road Jack") and mournful proto-countrypolitan ("I Can't Stop Loving You"). If any of those four titles means a thing to you, this primer on America's greatest singer is probably a disc you should own. --Rickey Wright

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sixties Highlights From The Genius May 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
To most people under thirty, Ray Charles is known only as a pitchman for Pepsi and Arby's. That's too bad. Charles arrived on the music scene fifty years ago and first made his mark at Atlantic in the Fifties and then after switching labels to ABC Paramount dominated the charts in the Sixties, which is the focus of this set.
Every major hit from the Sixties is here (with the exception of the No. 2 hit "You Don't Know Me," taken from his country album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music). You get his No. 1 hits "Georgia on My Mind," "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You," along with other notable hits like "One Mint Julep," "Busted" and "Crying Time." Throughout the Sixties, Charles released several albums using the word "genius": Genius Hits the Road, The Genius After Hours, The Genius Sings the Blues; in the case of Ray Charles it was simply a matter of truth in advertising.
Charles' influences were diverse. He could play R&B, jazz, gospel and even country & western. While his hits dropped off as the Sixties wore on, his influence on other artists continued. [Listen especially to Steve Winwood's work with the Spencer Davis Group.] In 1986, Charles was part of the first group of inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. This CD should help explain why.
This is not the definitive collection. The 2-CD Ultimate Hits duplicates this plus adds some of his earlier Atlantic work. If you really want to do it right you could get the 5-CD Genius & Soul box set. But Anthology is an excellent place to start. ESSENTIAL
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius Swings The Sixties February 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ray Charles, more than any musician, understood "soul" as more than musical style. It was a way to sing (and live, really) that reached a listener deeper than anything else he or she would hear that day.
"Anthology," comprises hits, favorites and live versions originally released on ABC-Paramount in the 1960s. Soul pours over this collection like thick, sweet maple syrup: over C&W standards ("I Can't Stop Loving You," "Born to Lose," "Crying Time") rhumbas ("Unchain My Heart," "Don't Set Me Free"), work songs ("You Are My Sunshine," That Lucky Old Sun") and especially on the soulful, witty live versions of his Atlantic hits (including a snippet of a Beethoven sonata before charging into "I Got A Woman.")
Yes, a lot of songs ("Ruby," "No Letter Today" and his great covers of Hank Williams) are missing. But what is here is as eclectic and beautiful as American music gets. Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect....... March 10, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is the best mini-collections one can get of Ray's music. I think it's a crime that so many of our legends that are still living are virtually invisible, drowned out by the thunder-thump of some of the digital wizards that pretend to be musical artists today. There is one song I really like that wasn't included her. It's "You Don't Know Me" ("You give your hand to me....and then you say hello...."). This is the music of my early childhood, and it was played around my house along with Cannonball Adderley, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, Wes Montgomery..... oh man, the list could go on and on! I find myself reminiscing every time I come to these Amazon music pages! If you are on a budjet, this CD gives you the most for the least dough. Ray Charles is part of the royalty that gave us the best music of the 20th century. He will be eulogized and all after he passes away, but it's just a shame there isn't enough room in the mainstream spotlight for those that got us here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues God April 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I own this CD and The Genius of Ray Charles. Both excellent, but between the two, I have to give my thumbs up to the Anthology. "Busted" is enough of a reason to own this album and the entire CD is just as good. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of a true master May 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If anyone ever needs to be reminded of the R&B heritage of rock music, Ray Charles is just the person to do that reminding. No one puts the Blue in Rhythm and Blues like Ray does.
This collection features the mega-hits "Hit the Road, Jack" and "Georgia on My Mind", his two most commercially successful releases. However, take the time to savor Ray's soulful renditions of I Can't Stop Loving You, Busted and Crying Time.
If you ever get the chance, take a very careful look at the roots of rock and roll. One of them will be stamped with the name "Ray Charles."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Collection November 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Charles' masterful sides for ABC, Atlantic, and CBS helped change the face of popular music and this CD goes a long way towards proving the case convincingly: "Georgia On My Mind," "America The Beautiful," "Born To Lose," "Hit The Road, Jack," "What'd I Say," "One Mint Julep," have influenced most every musician alive. "Anthology" leaves the listener hungry for more from Charles' legendary "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" CD, but fortunately, Rhino has released that (with bonus tracks) as well. "Anthology" is the most economical, all-inclusive collection of the output of one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
It's hard to find a Ray Charles album that includes Georgia and America the Beautiful on the same disc. Well recorded.
Published 6 months ago by mack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for my dad
My dad wanted a Ray Charles CD and this one fit the bill completely. Every song he wanted is on here. He loves it
Published 8 months ago by Fisherman
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice
A great collection from a music pioneer who pushed the envelope and did so many different types of music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RON TYLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles at his best !!
If you are only going to have one Ray Charles CD, this one is it. All of his well known songs are on it .
Published 9 months ago by carol smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Ray Charles
Obviously this isn't anywhere near as comprehensive as "The Birth of Soul" or the other Ray Charles Box Sets, but it stands out well as a collection of greatest hits. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Savonarola
1.0 out of 5 stars No America The Beautiful
Very disappointing. The advertised list of songs included America The Beautiful. The CD does not. That is the reason I ordered the CD.
Published 13 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars My mother loves Ray Charles
I bought this one for myself. I already bought another copy of this one for my mother because she was a big fan of Ray Charles. Read more
Published 14 months ago by by Robert Wheeler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation containing some hard-to-find tunes
Get this album if you need to fill in some gaps in your collection of Ray's recorded works. Includes ":Georgia On My Mind", "One Mint Julep", and other treasures.
Published 16 months ago by John A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles
This is a compilation of most of my favorite music by Ray Charles. Sometimes it's difficult to get the selection you'd really like on a single CD. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by SB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a new listener
This anthology comprises multiple era's in Ray's career. It was the first Ray Charles album that I purchased and gave me an idea of his range and style changes over the years. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by Tettrabyte
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