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Complete Early Recordings 1949-1952 Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, October 25, 2011
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: KOCH GENERAL CATALOG
  • ASIN: B005GS3LN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Love You, I Love You
2. Confession Blues
3. Alone In This City
4. Can Anyone Ask For More
5. Rockin Chair Blues
6. Here I Am
7. If I Give You My Love
8. Can't You See Darling
9. This Love Of Mine
10. Blues Before Sunrise
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
2. All To Myself
3. Lonely Boy
4. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
5. I'm Glad For Your Sake
6. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
7. Hey Now
8. Kissa Me Baby
9. The Snow Is Falling
10. Misery In My Heart
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Ray Charles would say later, I was born with music inside me.... He rose to become a worldwide celebrity with a string of important trend-setting hits that redefined the parameters of black popular music. Before that, he had established himself with a series of recordings that made him the man to watch. Here they are.
His early life had been tough. By the age of seven, already blind, he was packed off to the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and Blind in Florida. He spent eight years there. From the start, it was music that interested him.
At thirteen, he got his first gig as a professional musician, in a jazz band led by guitarist Lawyer Halliburton Smith. In September 1945, he was expelled from school. He took a train north to Jacksonville, where he immersed himself in the local music scene. Saxophonist Tiny York offered him a place in his band, with his own spot in the show.
He moved through several bands. In 1947 drummer Manzy Harris put together a group and Ray was by this time the natural choice for piano and singing duties. In 1948 Ray moved to Seattle and made an immediate impression. One of those drawn to Ray s musical mastery was a young Quincy Jones.
Towards the end of 1948, his trio cut I Love You, I Love You and Confession Blues , for the prestigious Downbeat label. By mid-May 1949 Confession Blues hit the top five in the R&B charts.
This collection traces what followed over the next few hectic years. A major star was on his way.

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