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The Very Best of Ray Charles
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Hard as it is to go wrong when shopping for a Brother Ray package, some career-spanning compilations bundle the decades better than others. Count this one, true to its title, among the very best. The track sequencing is straight-up chronological, opening with 1954's groundbreaking blues and gospel mingling "I've Got a Woman." From there it charges through the late-'50s Atlantic era, rounding up classic singles like "Hallelujah (I Love Her So)," "(Night Time Is) The Right Time," and "What'd I Say." By the time the disc lands us in the '60s, the Genius has saddled up to explore his country side, turning in such popular-music-altering hits as "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You." A final cut jumps into the '80s for the Willie Nelson duet "Seven Spanish Angels," leaving the listener with a solid--and deeply satisfying--sense of Charles' bold artistic wanderings. All that's missing is his soul-dunked rendition of "America the Beautiful." -Tammy La Gorce
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The man combined jazz and rhythm and blues, which was called soul, a term associated with mostly jazz musicians up to the time Ray Charles came on the scene.
I always loved Ray Charles. Being a jazz fan, I like so many others respected and loved this great man; for his music and love. But it wasn't until the movie which I wanted to go out and buy every Ray Charles disk available. I'm not done with that enormous job, but I'm starting here.
Ray Charles, who was featured on the Ken Burns Jazz Documentary, combined music from the church, with blues and popular music, which was frowned upon in the mid 50's; the time when he started making his great masterpieces. But Ahmet Ertegun and Atantic Records released it all, and had so much faith in Ray Charles, and his music.
This compilation is a great place to start. This disk has it all. What Did I Say, Georgia On My Mind, Unchain My Heart, Hit The Road Jack, I Got A Women, I Can't Stop Loving You, and One Mind Julep are worth the price alone.
This is music that has stood the test of time. It was revolutionary at the time and it still is. This is where it all started for the soul artists. Aretha Franklin, The Surpremes, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Booker T Jones, it all comes from Ray Charles. Honor this great man. Listen to his work, and respect his essence. Ray Charles, you will be missed, but not forgotten!
My personal favorites include "I've Got a Woman" "(Night Time is) The Right Time" "Georgia on My Mind" and "Busted". I was disappointed that this CD didn't have "The Mess Around" though. :(