Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Remastered, Box Set
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At last here's a collection that covers his ENTIRE career, from Atlantic through ABC, 103 sides and five decades of essential American music in all! You name the essential Ray Charles track and it's here: Hallelujah I Love Her So; Lonely Avenue; (Night Time Is) the Right Time; What'd I Say (Parts I & II); Sticks and Stones; Georgia on My Mind; One Mint Julep; Hit the Road Jack; I Can't Stop Loving You; You Are My Sunshine; Busted; Crying Time , and more. An 80-page book traces the life and times of a true genius.
If anyone deserves his own section in record stores, it's Ray Charles. Witness this Charles box set, a full five-disc career retrospective that follows smaller packages concentrating on his early R&B (The Birth of Soul) and Blues + Jazz work. In addition to those styles, we get Ray's stabs at Nat "King" Cole/Charles Brown urban blues ("Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand"), handfuls of country songs ("I Can't Stop Loving You"), definitive readings of the American songbook ("Georgia on My Mind," "Come Rain or Come Shine"), and personal claims on the '60s soul he made possible ("I Don't Need No Doctor"). Whether you're a newcomer or a veteran Charles fan, this impeccably selected box is for you. --Rickey Wright
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If you love Ray, no, even if you just appreciate Ray, this is a must have. If you don't know his music, well, it's high time that you too, 'discover Ray Charles'.
There is a wonderful book included which details all of his albums and individual recordings as well as commentary by his biographer, David Ritz.
From 1949 - 1993 this set covers every genre of music, and in a way that only Ray can do. No one comes close to this genius of song.
Like many others I had taken him for granted; that he would always be around. I have many albums, concerts on DVD and his autobiography, but this collection is special, covering a nearly 50 year career over these 5 discs, my favorite being the 5th disc. He does those awesome blues ballad standards as only he can: "Till There Was You" and "Am I Blue". Both of these are live performances from a concert he did in Japan in 1975. In my opinion he was at his best in his 40s. I don't go thru a day without some Ray music.
Do yourself a favor and experience the genius of Ray Charles.