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Ray Charles: The Very Best Of (4-CD)

(Wagram France) 80 original masters 1951-1960 (ABC/Atlantic) - digipac. Incredible compilation incl. all his early monster hits plus rarities (6 with the Raylettes), 2 live recordings and a duet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Perfect blend of R&B, Jazz, Big Band, Gospel and Soul. 

Article properties: Ray Charles: The Very Best Of (4-CD)

  • Interpret: Ray Charles

  • Album titlle: The Very Best Of (4-CD)

  • Label WAGRAM

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2011
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 3596972479229

  • weight in Kg 0.19
Charles, Ray - The Very Best Of (4-CD) CD 1
01 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
02 Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
03 What'd I Say (Part 1&2) Ray Charles
04 I Got A Woman Ray Charles
05 Sinner's Prayer Ray Charles
06 Hallelujah, I Love Her You Ray Charles
07 Sittin' On The Top Of The World Ray Charles
08 Swanee River Rock Ray Charles
09 You Be My Baby Ray Charles
10 Funny But I Still Love You Ray Charles
11 The Right Time Ray Charles
12 Feelin' Sad Ray Charles
13 Basin Street Blues Ray Charles
14 Come Rain Or Come Shine Ray Charles
15 What Would I Do Without You Ray Charles
16 Alabamy Bound Ray Charles
17 Nobody Cares Ray Charles
18 Heartbreaker Ray Charles
19 Hot Rod Ray Charles
20 Precious Thing (Till The Next Somewhere) Ray Charles
Charles, Ray - The Very Best Of (4-CD) CD 2
01 Deep In The Heart Of Texas Ray Charles
02 Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' Ray Charles
03 I'm Movin' On Ray Charles
04 Don't You Know Ray Charles
05 Drown In My Own Tears Ray Charles
06 Yes Indeed! Ray Charles
07 Let The Good Times Roll Ray Charles
08 Talking 'bout You Ray Charles
09 It Should Have Been Me Ray Charles
10 She's On The Ball Ray Charles
11 Sentimental Journey Ray Charles
12 Mr Charles Blues Ray Charles
13 I Want A Little Girl Ray Charles
14 New York's My Home Ray Charles
15 In A Little Spanish Town Ray Charles
16 See See Rider (See What You Have Done) Ray Charles
17 Sherry Ray Charles
18 I Had A Dream Ray Charles
19 Losing Hand Ray Charles
20 I Want To Know Ray Charles
Charles, Ray - The Very Best Of (4-CD) CD 3
01 A Fool For You Ray Charles
02 A Sentimental Blues Ray Charles
03 Baby Won't You Please Come Home Ray Charles
04 Frenesi Ray Charles
05 Alexander's Ragtime Band Ray Charles
06 Alone In The City Ray Charles
07 Am I Blue Ray Charles
08 Moon Over Miami Ray Charles
09 My Bonnie Ray Charles
10 Blue Hawaii Ray Charles
11 Blues Waltz Ray Charles
12 California, Here I Come Ray Charles
13 Greenbacks Ray Charles
14 Can Anyone Ask For More Ray Charles
15 Carry Me Back To Old Virginny Ray Charles
16 Chattanooga Choo Choo Ray Charles
17 Come Back Baby Ray Charles
18 Get On The Right Track Baby Ray Charles
19 Someday Ray Charles
20 Don't Put All Your Dreams In One Basket Ray Charles
Charles, Ray - The Very Best Of (4-CD) CD 4
01 It Had To Be You Ray Charles
02 Mary Ann Ray Charles
03 Leave My Woman Alone Ray Charles
04 Lonely Avenue Ray Charles
05 Roll With My Baby Ray Charles
06 It's Allright Ray Charles
07 This Little Girl Of Mine Ray Charles
08 Jumpin' In The Morning Ray Charles
09 Mississippi Mud Ray Charles
10 Monnlight In Vermont Ray Charles
11 The Midnight Hour Ray Charles
12 The Spirit I Feel Ray Charles
13 The Sun's Gonna Shine Again Ray Charles
14 Black Jack Ray Charles
15 Rockhouse (Part 1&2) Ray Charles
16 What Kind Of Man Are You For You Ray Charles
17 Tell Me How Do You Feel Ray Charles
18 That's Enough Ray Charles
19 What'd I Say Ray Charles
20 Tell The Truth Ray Charles
Ray Charles Ray Charles Losing Hand (Charles Calhoun) Atlantic 1037   Ray... more
"Ray Charles"

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Losing Hand

(Charles Calhoun)

Atlantic 1037

 

Ray Charles had only recently joined the roster of Atlantic Records when he waxed the mournful blues Losing Hand on May 17, 1953 with a New York session crew consisting of saxists Dave McRae, Freddie Mitchell, and Pinky Williams, bassist Lloyd Trotman, drummer Connie Kay, and guitarist Mickey Baker, whose slippery chords cascade downward like thick, murky molasses. Brother Ray didn't use a guitarist on his subsequent Atlantic sides, making Baker's presence quite unusual (arranger Jesse Stone wrote the song under his alias of Charles Calhoun). Ray had yet to explode with his groundbreaking gospel/blues synthesis, although his impassioned vocal and two-fisted piano offered clues as to his immediate future.

"He still was being recorded in the conventional way, like you'd record almost any single singing artist," said Ray's late co-producer, Jerry Wexler. "We got the backing musicians, we got the arranger Jesse Stone, we rehearsed, and so on."

Born in Albany, Georgia on September 23, 1930 but raised in Greenville, Florida, Ray Charles Robinson lost his sight as a child but gained a love for music—blues, boogie-woogie, jazz, country—that was unshakable. He left the state school for the blind at 15, his piano skills already formidable, and somehow made his way cross-country from Jacksonville, Florida to Seattle. Jack Lauderdale of Swing Time/Down Beat Records brought Charles and his McSon Trio aboard in 1949. His first release was a hit and two more after that too, though his predilection for imitating Nat King Cole and Charles Brown hadn't been tamed yet.

Swing Time was experiencing financial difficulties in 1952, so Lauderdale peddled Charles' contract to Atlantic. There Ray would transform R&B with his daring gospel/blues synthesis on the smashes I've Got A Woman, Hallelujah I Love Her So, and What'd I Say (speaking of advancements in electric instrumentation, he played a Wurlitzer piano on the latter). His sessions were like no other at Atlantic.

"They were exciting, edifying, thrilling," said Wexler. "We're talking about Ray Charles. There were no downers. I mean, there was never anything negative or worrying, because Ray Charles had the whole thing figured out from beginning to end. And so, as would be the case with many other sessions, when there had to be some direction from us because we weren't going anywhere, or some changes to be made, that wasn't the case with Ray."

Of course, Ray's ceaseless musical experiments rendered him a superstar right up to his June 10, 2004 death. No wonder they called him a genius.

- Bill Dahl -
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Charles, Ray - The Very Best Of (4-CD) CD 1
01 Hit The Road Jack
02 Georgia On My Mind
03 What'd I Say (Part 1&2)
04 I Got A Woman
05 Sinner's Prayer
06 Hallelujah, I Love Her You
07 Sittin' On The Top Of The World
08 Swanee River Rock
09 You Be My Baby
10 Funny But I Still Love You
11 The Right Time
12 Feelin' Sad
13 Basin Street Blues
14 Come Rain Or Come Shine
15 What Would I Do Without You
16 Alabamy Bound
17 Nobody Cares
18 Heartbreaker
19 Hot Rod
20 Precious Thing (Till The Next Somewhere)
Charles, Ray - The Very Best Of (4-CD) CD 2
01 Deep In The Heart Of Texas
02 Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
03 I'm Movin' On
04 Don't You Know
05 Drown In My Own Tears
06 Yes Indeed!
07 Let The Good Times Roll
08 Talking 'bout You
09 It Should Have Been Me
10 She's On The Ball
11 Sentimental Journey
12 Mr Charles Blues
13 I Want A Little Girl
14 New York's My Home
15 In A Little Spanish Town
16 See See Rider (See What You Have Done)
17 Sherry
18 I Had A Dream
19 Losing Hand
20 I Want To Know
Charles, Ray - The Very Best Of (4-CD) CD 3
01 A Fool For You
02 A Sentimental Blues
03 Baby Won't You Please Come Home
04 Frenesi
05 Alexander's Ragtime Band
06 Alone In The City
07 Am I Blue
08 Moon Over Miami
09 My Bonnie
10 Blue Hawaii
11 Blues Waltz
12 California, Here I Come
13 Greenbacks
14 Can Anyone Ask For More
15 Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
16 Chattanooga Choo Choo
17 Come Back Baby
18 Get On The Right Track Baby
19 Someday
20 Don't Put All Your Dreams In One Basket
Charles, Ray - The Very Best Of (4-CD) CD 4
01 It Had To Be You
02 Mary Ann
03 Leave My Woman Alone
04 Lonely Avenue
05 Roll With My Baby
06 It's Allright
07 This Little Girl Of Mine
08 Jumpin' In The Morning
09 Mississippi Mud
10 Monnlight In Vermont
11 The Midnight Hour
12 The Spirit I Feel
13 The Sun's Gonna Shine Again
14 Black Jack
15 Rockhouse (Part 1&2)
16 What Kind Of Man Are You For You
17 Tell Me How Do You Feel
18 That's Enough
19 What'd I Say
20 Tell The Truth