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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.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000348K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,860 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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It contains all his best known hits and captures the genius of Ray Charles' music and singing.
Savonarola
There were some things I didn't care for like "Here We Go Again" & "Busted" but mostly it's a good collection of music.
RON TYLER
"Anthology" is the most economical, all-inclusive collection of the output of one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
Georgia Critz

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on 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 By A Customer on March 10, 1999
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 By J. TIJERINA on 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 By John A. Kuczma on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By c_binn@hotmail.com on February 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It is hard to imagine a "serious" music collection that lacks a good sampling of black music, and this CD is about as good as it gets. Just listen to the songs here, and its easy to figure out why Georgia wanted Ray's version of "Georgia on my Mind" as its state song.
This CD is not just a bunch of great songs, sung by a great artist: it's a virtual course in Rhythm and Blues and "roots" music (as in 'roots' of most of the rock and pop which was produced through the 1980's, and even some of today's music).
Charles doesn't just 'play it safe; he takes big chances here. His interpretation of Eleanor Rigby is very diffrenet from The Beatles' version, and some Beatles fans may not initially like it (as I didn't), but trust me, it'll grow on you in good time.
Then there are the 'signature songs': Hit the Road, I Don't Need no Doctor, and others. They just shimmer and shine; this digital recording brings out all the liveliness of the recording sessions--and the energy level is infectiously high.
One of the more subtle features of many of these songs is that, despite their obvious R & B flavor, they sound remarkably "Country & Westernish" in places. Perhaps this is inadvertant, but it reveals the common geographical origins, and separateness of the cultures, of both forms of American music.
Even if you're not a big R & B fan (and I'll admit that I am not), this CD is one you will regret not owning once you hear it.
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