Ray Charles: The Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959-1986 Box set
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If you have any inkling as to who Ray Charles is and what he's about--and it appeals to you--then you will *LOVE* this entire collection (FORGET about "country"/"R&B" classifications--it is SOUL music). Some box sets are overkill with the content, making it hard to truly enjoy everything from beginning to end. This is a major exception. The songs range from the 1950s to the 1980s, and, to my wonderful surprise, the 1980s tracks don't have that fake, overproduced sound that most records from the 1980s have. And the tracks from the 1950s and 60s, of course, have that wonderful "live" sound that only recordings from that time could have. It's all good!
I was hesitant to buy this entire collection, and it makes me so happy to know that I took the chance because I wouldn't know what I was missing if I had simply gotten the "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" album.
Ray Charles RULES!
This cd-box is quite expensive, but it's worth it. Three discs or four...
What's particularly interesting about this collection, drawn from a 28-year period, is the transition he makes. The early recordings take C&W songs and filter them through the jazz and soul stylings on which Charles made his name. The later recordings turn the formula inside-out, rearranging soul tunes with a C&W flair. Perhaps most impressive of all is that both work wonderfully.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Compilation Okay but nuthin more: not a single discographical in verbose booklet. Bs.etter buy seperate CdPublished 8 months ago by J.Claude Paris
***** Wow ! --- can't say enough about this compilation of beautiful songs --- If this was gold dust, i would be rich...Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the country in his voice, could have probably made this into 2 cd'sPublished 19 months ago by Jim Pinter
All of Ray's country and western songs are here -- many familiar some surprises.
Some older songs have too much brass -- a problem of the era. Read more
A master piece of art, Ray Charles is a imortal artist, this album reflects only a small part of his repertoryPublished on May 24, 2014 by Luiz Antonio Ambra
I enjoy these discs as much or more than any other CDs in my library. It seems like most people don't know that Ray Charles recorded country music.Published on July 2, 2013 by John Gordon
21 people gave reviews ahead of me...of them, 18 gave the CD 5 stars & 3 gave it 4 stars. That should be enough endorsement to gather that this is a worthy entry to your Ray... Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Muzak Muzak Muzak
Ray Charles shows his rare genius from start to finish. It is a refreshing box set of soulful music, as Ray takes classic country songs mixed in with some of his very own to a... Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by WFUdeac10