Covering his complete R&B output from 1952 to 1959, this 3 cd, 52 track collection is an essential part of any music lover's collection.
Tracking his progress with Atlantic records, this charts Charles's progression from smooth balladeer through his development of that style that was all his own, the birth of what we know today as soul music.
It's more than just a historical document, this is 3 cds of essential music, from the rollicking `What'd I say', through to the bluesey `Drown in my own Tears'. Charles puts everything he's got into this music, making it inventive, full of passion and with plenty of toejam. It's music that speaks straight to the soul, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy the music on offer here.
If you like this then I would also recommend the complete country and western recordings to see where Charles went after he had finished inventing soul!