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The Definitive Ray Charles Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (5 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00005O3YU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mess around
2. It should've been me
3. I've got a woman
4. This little girl of mine
5. Fool for
6. Drown in my own tears
7. Leave my woman alone you
8. Hallelujah I love her so
9. Lonely avenue
10. Night time is the right time
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Disc: 2
1. I can't stop loving you
2. Born to lose
3. You don't know me
4. You are my sunshine
5. Your cheatin' heart
6. Take these chains from my heart
7. Busted
8. That lucky old sun
9. Crying time
10. Cincinnati kid
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Product Description

the definitive ray charles [edizione: regno unito] [import]ray charles (artista) | formato: audio cd---descrizionebranidisco 11.mess around2.it should've been me3.i've got a woman4.this little girl of mine5.fool for6.drown in my own tears7.leave my woman alone you8.hallelujah i love her so9.lonely avenue10.night time is the right time11.what i say (parts 1 & 2)12.i believe to my soul13.i'm movin' on14.come rain or come shine15.don't let the sun catch you crying16.sticks and stones17.georgia on my mind18.ruby19.one mint julep20.i'm gonna move to the outskirts of town21.hit the road jack22.unchain my heart23.baby it's cold outside24.at the clubdisco 21.i can't stop loving you2.born to lose3.you don't know me4.you are my sunshine5.your cheatin' heart6.take these chains from my heart7.busted8.that lucky old sun9.crying time10.cincinnati kid11.let's go get stoned12.i don't need no doctor13.in the heat of the night14.yesterday15.eleanor rigby16.i can make it thru' the days17.rainy night in georgia18.jealous kind19.shake your tailfeather - charles, ray & the blues brothers20.seven spanish girls21.i'll be good to you22.imagine

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112 of 112 people found the following review helpful By michael_m on 31 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
It seems that if anyone passes away these days, they are proclaimed a genius for the weeks following their death. With Ray Charles though, his sad loss was not what prompted the genius tag, but the real and tangible genius that he possessed.
I did not own any Ray Charles CD's before his untimely death, but always loved his music. I bought this, and gave myself the proverbial kick up the backside for not buying some of his work earlier. This is a great collection of all his best work, from his first hits up to some of his last material recorded. It doesn't cover his very early material, but then how can you produce a complete collection when someone has recorded so many great songs?
The early hits are very interesting in that they are so unlike the material that we have come to know him for, but as you listen to song after song on this CD, you can hear a man developing his style from the early trio of piano, bass and drums to the more complex arrangements that we all know so well. The earlier material then gets a country feel to it, but in his lifetime he rarely got any recognition from the snobbish Country and Western fans in the US. His rendition of songs like 'I Can't Stop Loving You' just blow away the original.
As he started getting wide recognition, the songs just grew in stature, and it seemed like there was no style of music that he couldn't utilise. Brilliant versions of other people's songs such as 'Rainy Night in Georgia' just make you marvel at his arranging skills.
I for one will be buying more Ray Charles, but this CD is the perfect place to start.
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are plenty of Ray Charles compilations to choose from - some focusing on a particular era or a particular aspect of Ray's career. This particular compilation is the first to combine his fifties music (recorded for Atlantic) and his sixties music (recorded for ABC-Paramount) on one collection - it also includes a few tracks from more recent times.

The most famous of his early songs is probably the often-covered Hallelujah I love her so. What'd I say and I've got a woman are among the other great songs from Ray's fifties music that are included here. All those three were written by Ray, although he also recorded songs written vy others even then. Fans of Ray's fifties music will need to buy a compilation devoted to those recordings - on this set, there are just 15 tracks from this era (about right for this compilation).

It is the sixties with which Ray will be forever associated and which is most strongly represented here. Despite Ray's ability to write his own songs, the two songs for which he is best remembered are both covers. Georgia on my mind is a Hoagy Carmichael song from 1931, while I can't stop loving you is a country song written by Don Gibson. In both cases, Ray did them his own way, broadening their appeal considerably.

I can't stop loving you was one of many country songs that Ray adapted to the R+B style. Some of his fans deserted him, but these recordings gained him more fans than he lost. What Ray showed was the main difference between different styles of music was the presentation - not the songs themselves. His re-interpretations of country songs are represented here by tracks 1 to 7 and track 9 of CD 2. Actually, he'd dabbled with the idea in the fifties, as his cover of I'm movin' on (CD 1, track 13) shows.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Brian McKenna on 23 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a brilliant compilation and an excellent introduction to the 'Genius'.All the well known classics are here such as Georgia on my mind,What i say,Unchain my heart,Hit the road jack,Mess around,as well as a version of Baby its cold outside.Check this out,this has jumped into my top 10 fav cds!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Musicfan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
He is a great artist with a long career recording for many different labels. The fact that he has recorded for so many labels has meant that the compilations available before this one miss out on his work on other labels. Therefore they are not really a best of but a best of on that label. This compliation is 2 Cds and has the best of his recordings whatever the label, and as I udnerstand it this is the first time this has happened. Therefere this really is a best of from his early days to the more recent. Covering rock, pop, country, blues, soul and jazz but all in his own style unmistakenly Ray Charles. He has been called a Genius and he is. I am not going to mention songs because you can see the list. The sound quality is excellent. The content really is a 'definitive' best of his work. If you have some interest in Ray Charles, this is definately the place to start. Superb collection. Value for money. Very highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AD on 25 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having first heard Ray Charles in the early 1960's, and collected a few LP's which are now too crackly to play, I was delighted to pick up this great double CD, which covers more or less the length and breadth of his career starting with songs like "Mess Around" and "It Should've Been Me" from 1953, right through to John Lennon's "Imagine" in 2001.

For me, his music hasn't dated at all, although my favourites come from the late 1950's/early 1960's: things like the seminal "What'd I Say" which every rock'n'roll band worth its salt, included in their repertoire at the time; "I Got A Woman" which I'd always associated with Elvis Presley but later realised that the Charles version was really the definitive one; "Lonely Avenue" from the pen of the prolific Doc Pomus; "This Little Girl Of Mine" which again, I first heard via a cover version (The Everly Brothers); and "Drown In My Own Tears" which first reached my ears through the instrumental version by Chet Atkins.

Ray Charles covered so many genres that it's unfair just to label him as an R & B artist. Certainly this was where his roots originated but he had the innate ability (like I think Elvis Presley had) to take a wide range of material and put his own unmistakeable stamp on it. From the first few bars of his songs you knew who it was and you knew it would get the inimitable Charles treatment.

Another aspect of his career that appeals to me, is the various adversities he faced - blindness, poverty, heroin addiction - and overcame. For this reason I think, the feeling that he put into his songs was authentic and meaningful.

For some reason I find the R & B repertoire suits mono sound - it's somehow more punchy and crisp - especially on tracks like "Mess Around" and "Leave My Woman Alone".
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