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The King of Soul: Classic Hits


  • 1. What'd I Say, Pts. 1-2
    2. Drown in My Own Tears
    3. Mary Ann
    4. I've Got a Woman
    5. Fool for You, A
    6. Come Back Baby
    7. (Night Time Is) The Right Time
    8. Greenbacks
    9. What Would I Do Without You?
    10. Hallelujah I Love Her So
    11. It Should've Been Me
    12. Lonely Avenue
    13. Blackjack
    14. Ain't That Love
    15. This Little Girl of Mine
    16. Don't You Know
    17. I'm Movin' On
    18. That's Enough
    19. Swanee River Rock
    20. Let the Good Times Roll
    21. Rockhouse, Pts. 1-2
    22. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'
    23. Drown in My Own Tears [Live Version] - (live)
    24. What'd I Say [Live Version] - (live)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 48722

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Ray Charles (vocals, piano); The Raelettes (vocals); David "Fathead" Newman (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Bennie Hank Crawford (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Joe Bridgewater, Marcus Belgrave (trumpet); Connie Kay (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Will Brash.
    Recording information: Altanta, GA (04/23/1955); Miami, FL (04/23/1955); New Orleans (04/23/1955); New York (04/23/1955); Altanta, GA (05/17/1953-06/26/1959); Miami, FL (05/17/1953-06/26/1959); New Orleans (05/17/1953-06/26/1959); New York (05/17/1953-06/26/1959); Altanta, GA (11/18/1954-05/28/1959); Miami, FL (11/18/1954-05/28/1959); New Orleans (11/18/1954-05/28/1959); New York (11/18/1954-05/28/1959); Altanta, GA (12/04/1953); Miami, FL (12/04/1953); New Orleans (12/04/1953); New York (12/04/1953).
    Ray Charles' brilliant blend of gospel, blues, R&B, and jazz made him the first true soul singer in the 1950s, setting the table for deep Southern soul and Motown, and by extension, funk, disco, and so much more, and he should be clearly seen as one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. All of those styles fall together for Charles in this wonderful set, which collects all of his charting Billboard hits released between 1953 and 1959 -- it's all one, whether Charles is setting off a revolution with the full original five-minute version of "What'd I Say," sounding endlessly soulful on "Drown in My Own Tears," fronting a big band on "Let the Good Times Roll," or backed by a full orchestra on "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'." It's soul. It's Ray Charles. It's essential. ~ Steve Leggett

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