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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: #67,763 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 didn't have any of his famous recordings or songs except for Eleanor Rigby!
by Robert Wheeler
He has Done so much for Music that it would take another Lifetime to Appreciate his Genius.this disc captures the zest of his Many different Musical Styles.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
Those are not just "filler" songs but songs whose mention conjure up this great artist's name.
Eclectic Revisited

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Revisited on November 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
will there ever be a true anthology of Ray Charles music? The man was so prolific and merged and melded and blended and crossed so many boundaries. (Ever hear of "I'm Moving On", probably his earliest "country" tune written by country legend Hank Snow?) This package is probably the best of the compilations and for me with "Busted" and the best "America the Beautiful" rendition I know of, it's enough. But consider it does not include "This Little Girl of Mine", "The Night Time is the Right Time" (later covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival), "Drown in My Own Tears", "You Don't Know Me". Those are not just "filler" songs but songs whose mention conjure up this great artist's name. Still for the money this is a very good compilation and I recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2001
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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