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A Beautiful Set,
This review is from: The Birth Of Soul : The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952-1959 (Audio CD)
Amazon have done this set an injustice. The boxed set is superbly packaged (the image displayed is just part of the 3rd CD cover).
CD 1 covers 1952 to 1954, CD 2 1954 to 1957 and CD 3 1957 to 1959. Theres a nice accompanying booklet which gives full credit to all the known musicians and there is a substantial written history of Ray Charles time at Atlantic records which must runs into thousand of words. Jerry Wexler is quoted in these notes saying "In terms of purity and musical value, he cut his best sides for us. It was righteous roots music. It was intrinsically great music". So its no surprise that the music IS some of the best stuff Ray Charles ever did. A mixture of Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Blues that quite rightly is called the birth of soul.
This magnificent set is not available new anymore but with 53 tracks you should make the effort to find this important boxed set. Hopefully it will be reissued one day.