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ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES (5 PACK)(5CD)(ltd.)

Ray Charles Audio CD
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“I’ve recorded with so many amazing artists in my career but never on a duets album of my own. I thought it was timeto have some of the friends that I love and the artists that I admire come into my studio and sing with me live, the way we did it in the old days,” explains Ray Charles on the genesis of Genius Loves Company. “All the guests brought their own magic to ... Read more in Amazon's Ray Charles Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • ASIN: B003OACHPO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Presented in this box set are 5 early albums from one of the twentieth century's greatest musicians. For anyone not familiar with Ray Charles they display a surprisingly varied output that demonstrates Ray's talents in the fields of blues, jazz and soul.
First up is the 1957 album "The Great Ray Charles", which displays Ray in a "jazz" setting, his piano playing just a part of a crack selection of jazz musicians who give this album a mellow feel with much blue tonality. From these sessions, Atlantic Records also put together a second 8 track album called "The Genius after Hours", not released until 1961. This is also included in this box set. Both of these albums are great to unwind to and personally I have never tired of them, always finding something new in them. It should be noted there are no vocals on either of these two albums.
The next disc in this set is "Ray Charles At Newport", recorded in 1958 in stereo. This is a mixture of rousing jazzy instrumentals with some fantastic bluesy vocal performances including Ray's famous track, "I've Got A Woman", here in 6 minutes and 24 seconds of primal emotional intensity that never tires, always moving, twisting and turning into one of the greatest vocal performances I have ever heard.
The next album included is "The Genius of Ray Charles", an album from 1959, which is my personal favourite. The first 6 tracks show Ray in a big band setting from the rousing "Let The Good Times Roll", arranged by Quincy Jones to more mellow fair like "It Had To Be You" to the storming brassy jazz of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band". Sensational! However, side two (on the old vinyl LP) is possibly even better consisting of 6 luscious ballads with gorgeous string backing arrangements and the most soulful male vocals I have ever heard.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars almost great 1 Feb 2011
By Nico
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of course the music was going to be good...

Nicely covers the Atlantic Records years, but it would have been much better with 'Ray Charles in Person' squeezed in - the albums 'The Great Ray Charles' & 'The Genius after Hours' are products from the same studio sessions.

And yes, you need a magnifying glass to read the miniature sleeve notes, which I'm told are copies of the original covers.

But still great value - I guess I'll have to get 'in Person' as well, somehow.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Five Ray Charles albums all from his Atlantic years. Has to be a bargain, yes? Well, not necessarily. It depends what you're looking for. The music contained in this grouping doesn't really do justice to the man's reputation as forefather of soul music. Taking them in order:

"The Great Ray Charles"
His first Atlantic album release and it's all instrumental featuring his piano plus big band though a few tracks are small group only. All jazz with several interpretations of standards such as "My Melancholy Baby'" and "Undecided". If I can full trust the Amazon listing - and I'm doing this review based on that rather than the actual set - five tracks have been removed from the original because they also appear on the "Genius After Hours" set. Which is all very well to avoid repetition but you could feel somewhat short changed.

"Ray Charles at Newport"
That is, at the Newport Jazz Festival. This one might be the best of the bunch given that it has live versions of R&B cum soul classics like a slowed down "Night Time is the Right Time" (with great Raylettes "answering"), a nicely churning "I got a Woman" and "Talkin' bout you" and the slow bluesy "Fool for you". Otherwise it's jazz but with good live atmosphere

"The Genius of Ray Charles"
A fair to good album but with too little blues and gospel and hardly anything up tempo. Highlights are "Let the good times roll" and "Don't let the sun catch you crying". It gets overly poppy at times with easy listening numbers like "It had to be you", the near novelty "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Tell me that you'll wait for me" and "Am I blue".
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3.0 out of 5 stars A caution -- song mix-up 9 Nov 2010
By Michael A. Sugarman - Published on Amazon.com
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These are the really strong early Ray LP's, 2 of which are entirely instrumental, and the sound quality and mastering seems fine, no problem there. But there's quite a goof on "The Great Ray Charles," where you won't find "Black Coffee" despite its being listed as the 3rd track. Instead we have "Ain't Misbehavin," identical cut to the one on "Genius After Hours," also included in this set, and no "Black Coffee" to be found, although "Ain't Misbehavin" on the Great Ray is tagged as "Black Coffee." Somebody messed up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 24 Jan 2013
By Bruce Nissen - Published on Amazon.com
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This has a lot of Ray Charles's classic hit music, at a very low price. No liner notes, no extra cuts, etc. But a lot of music at a low price. Some might be disappointed that 2 albums are strictly instrumental (doesn't bother me). Excellent buy; quality of music is OK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of vintage Ray Charles albums 30 Sep 2013
By MrTAD - Published on Amazon.com
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I already own three of these albums on vinyl, but I wanted to add the CD's to my collection for convenience (background listening). First off, I want to give props to reviewer M. Sugerman who picked up the incorrect track goof on "The Great Ray Charles" disc. Unfortunately I do not own the vinyl version of this album so I can't comment if that track was also an error on the album.

The albums are not remastered so I caution buyers that you will hear a lot of noise in these early recordings - in particular tape hiss which might irritate some listeners. This is a reasonably priced collection of five Ray Charles albums....the albums are complete (with the exception of the track error noted) and thankfully this collection does not suffer from the "five albums on four CD's" crap that has been pumped out for some other artists.

Four stars for this reasonably priced package.
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