Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As the first comprehensive, multi-label box set assembled on Ray Charles, the five-disc, 102-song Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection is an extensive overview of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Charles produced a body of work so rich and diverse that even five CDs only scratches the surface of his accomplishments. None of his instrumentals are on Genius & Soul, nor are his jazz and traditional pop efforts spotlighted. Instead, the box traces the evolution of his career, as he moves from an R&B pioneer to a mainstream pop crooner to a country-pop vocalist to a contemporary soul singer. Charles was a gripping, captivating ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As the first comprehensive, multi-label box set assembled on Ray Charles, the five-disc, 102-song Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection is an extensive overview of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Charles produced a body of work so rich and diverse that even five CDs only scratches the surface of his accomplishments. None of his instrumentals are on Genius & Soul, nor are his jazz and traditional pop efforts spotlighted. Instead, the box traces the evolution of his career, as he moves from an R&B pioneer to a mainstream pop crooner to a country-pop vocalist to a contemporary soul singer. Charles was a gripping, captivating vocalist, capable of making even bland music sound vital, but the fact is, his '70s and '80s recordings pale in comparison to his seminal '50s and '60s sides. Which means that the set becomes less compelling as it reaches the fifth disc, but the first three and a half discs are filled with timeless music that remains exciting, vital and altogether wondrous.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227285944
  • Catalog Number: 72859


Disc 1
  1. 1 Confession Blues - Maxin Trio (2:29)
  2. 2 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand (3:07)
  3. 3 Kissa Me Baby (3:06)
  4. 4 It Should've Been Me (2:40)
  5. 5 Don't You Know (2:58)
  6. 6 Come Back Baby (3:07)
  7. 7 I Got a Woman (2:55)
  8. 8 A Fool for You (3:03)
  9. 9 This Little Girl of Mine (2:33)
  10. 10 Blackjack (2:20)
  11. 11 Greenbacks (2:52)
  12. 12 Drown in My Own Tears (3:23)
  13. 13 Hallelujah, I Love Her So (2:36)
  14. 14 Lonely Avenue (2:36)
  15. 15 Leave My Woman Alone (2:41)
  16. 16 Ain't That Love (2:54)
  17. 17 Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River) (2:21)
  18. 18 My Bonnie (2:48)
  19. 19 Rock House, Pts. 1-2 (3:56)
  20. 20 Night Time Is the Right Time (3:25)
  21. 21 What'd I Say, Pts. 1 & 2 (5:07)
  22. 22 Tell the Truth (3:06)
  23. 23 I Believe to My Soul (3:02)
  24. 24 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (5:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let the Good Times Roll (2:53)
  2. 2 Come Rain or Come Shine (3:43)
  3. 3 Tell the Truth (3:28)
  4. 4 Drown in My Own Tears (6:25)
  5. 5 I'm Movin' On (2:23)
  6. 6 My Baby! (I Love Her, Yes I Do) (3:02)
  7. 7 Sticks and Stones (2:15)
  8. 8 I Wonder (2:31)
  9. 9 Georgia on My Mind (3:40)
  10. 10 Them That Got (2:50)
  11. 11 Ruby (3:53)
  12. 12 Hard Hearted Hannah (3:17)
  13. 13 I've Got News for You (4:32)
  14. 14 One Mint Julep (3:05)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (3:45)
  16. 16 Hit the Road Jack (1:58)
  17. 17 Danger Zone (2:24)
  18. 18 Unchain My Heart (2:52)
  19. 19 But on the Other Hand Baby (3:15)
  20. 20 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Betty Carter (4:11)
  21. 21 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Betty Carter (4:40)
  22. 22 At the Club (2:58)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hide nor Hair (3:11)
  2. 2 I Can't Stop Loving You (4:17)
  3. 3 Bye Bye Love (2:12)
  4. 4 Born to Lose (3:18)
  5. 5 You Don't Know Me (3:15)
  6. 6 You Are My Sunshine (2:59)
  7. 7 Your Cheatin' Heart (3:35)
  8. 8 Take These Chains from My Heart (2:56)
  9. 9 The Brightest Smile in Town (2:49)
  10. 10 Without Love (There Is Nothing) (3:35)
  11. 11 Busted (2:11)
  12. 12 That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) (4:25)
  13. 13 Ol' Man River (5:34)
  14. 14 Smack Dab in the Middle (3:21)
  15. 15 Makin' Whoopee (6:20)
  16. 16 Without a Song, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:34)
  17. 17 The Cincinnati Kid (2:24)
  18. 18 Crying Time (2:58)
  19. 19 Let's Go Get Stoned (3:02)
  20. 20 I Chose to Sing the Blues (2:31)
  21. 21 Together Again (2:40)
  22. 22 I Don't Need No Doctor (2:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Eleanor Rigby (2:58)
  2. 2 Yesterday (2:47)
  3. 3 Understanding (3:11)
  4. 4 Driftin' Blues (6:25)
  5. 5 Here We Go Again (3:17)
  6. 6 In the Heat of the Night (2:37)
  7. 7 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (2:54)
  8. 8 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (4:57)
  9. 9 If It Wasn't for Bad Luck - Jimmy Lewis (4:59)
  10. 10 We Can Make It (3:44)
  11. 11 Don't Change on Me (3:26)
  12. 12 Feel So Bad (3:15)
  13. 13 Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma (3:44)
  14. 14 Spirit in the Dark (Reprise) - Aretha Franklin (8:30)
  15. 15 Booty-Butt (4:14)
  16. 16 I Can Make It Thru the Day (But Oh Those Lonely Nights) (3:56)
  17. 17 Rainy Night in Georgia (6:14)
  18. 18 America the Beautiful (5:21)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Living for the City (6:06)
  2. 2 Till There Was You (5:49)
  3. 3 Am I Blue (7:11)
  4. 4 How Long Has This Been Going On? (5:25)
  5. 5 The Jealous Kind (4:40)
  6. 6 Is There Anyone out There? (5:59)
  7. 7 Don't You Love Me Anymore (5:31)
  8. 8 One of These Days (3:35)
  9. 9 Seven Spanish Angels (3:53)
  10. 10 We Didn't See a Thing (2:13)
  11. 11 Two Old Cats Like Us - Hank Williams Jr. (2:38)
  12. 12 Shake a Tail Feather (2:50)
  13. 13 I'll Be Good to You - Chaka Khan (4:57)
  14. 14 That's Where It's At - Lou Rawls (3:14)
  15. 15 A Song for You (4:17)
  16. 16 Still Crazy After All These Years (6:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Vocals, Multi Instruments
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Chet Atkins Electric Guitar, Track Performer
George Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Nelson Vocals, Track Performer
The Blues Brothers Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
James Ingram Background Vocals
Billy Preston Organ
Lou Rawls Vocals, Track Performer
Larry Williams Synthesizer
Curtis Amy Tenor Saxophone
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone
Betty Carter Vocals, Track Performer
James Clay Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Al Grey Trombone
Jim Hall Guitar
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones Track Performer
Thad Jones Trumpet
Steve Khan Guitar
Eddie Lang Guitar
Hubert Laws Reeds
Mel Lewis Drums
Melba Liston Trombone
Tom "Bones" Malone Tenor Saxophone
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Curtis Peagler Alto Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Reeds
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Jack Walrath Trumpet
Bobby Watson Alto Saxophone
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Wallace Davenport Trumpet
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Lewis Vocals, Track Performer
Oscar Moore Guitar, Drums
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Herman Riley Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Chiz Harris Drums
Clifford Scott Tenor Saxophone
Don Wilkerson Tenor Saxophone
Roy Gaines Guitar
Phil Perry Background Vocals
Mickey Baker Guitar
Jimmy Bell Bass
Pete Drake Dobro, Steel Guitar
Preston Love Alto Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Connie Kay Drums
Bob Cranshaw Bass
John Bryant Drums
The Cookies Background Vocals, Group
The A-Strings Strings, Group
Al Porcino Trumpet
Victor Arno Violin
Dan Aykroyd Vocals
Martin Banks Trumpet
Robert Barene Violin
Eluriel Tinker Barfield Bass
Arnold Belnick Violin
Warren Bell Baritone Saxophone
Joe Benjamin Bass
Harry Betts Trombone
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Pete Bordonali Gut String Guitar
Margaret Branch Background Vocals
Joe Bridgewater Trumpet
Glenn Brooks Drums
Julius Brooks Trumpet
Ray Brown Bass
Brenda Bryant Background Vocals
Edward Burke Trombone
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Chaka Khan Vocals, Track Performer
Clark Terry Trumpet
Herman Clebanoff Violin
Henry Coker Trombone
Lou Collins Tenor Saxophone
Joe Comfort Bass
Bennie Hank Crawford Baritone Saxophone
Steve Davis Trombone
Emmett Dennis Baritone Saxophone
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Jesse Drakes Trumpet
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Murphy Dunne Organ
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Jack Evans Trumpet
Cecil Figelski Viola
Teagle Fleming Drums
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
John Frosk Trumpet
Steve Gadd Drums
James Gadson Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
O'Neil Gerald Alto Saxophone
James Getzoff Violin
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Richie Goldberg Drums
Philip Guilbeau Trumpet
Jack Hale Trombone
Willie Hall Drums
Roy Haynes Drums
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Margie Hendrix Vocals
Sam Herman Guitar
Wilbert G.T. Hogan Drums
Roger Hopps Trumpet
John Hunt Trumpet
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Wesley Jackson Guitar
George Johnson Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Keg Johnson Trombone
Louis Johnson Bass, Background Vocals
Carol Kaye Bongos
Randy Kerber Organ, Synthesizer
Lloyd Lambert Bass
Steve Lindsey Synthesizer
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
Charles Macey Pedal Steel Guitar
Leonard Malarsky Violin
Kenny Malone Drums
Lou Marini Alto Saxophone
Wendell Marshall Bass
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
George Matthews Trombone
Tony Matthews Guitar
Bill McElhiney Trumpet, Conductor
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Miller Bass
Walter Miller Trumpet
Frank Mitchell Trumpet
Thomas Mitchell Trombone
Pancho Morales Conga
Dick Nash Trombone
Ira Newborn Conductor
David "Fathead" Newman Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Bobby Ogdin Keyboards
David Paich Keyboards
Earl Palmer Drums
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Chris Parker Drums
Donald Peake Guitar
William Peeples Drums
Charlie Persip Drums
Greg Phillinganes Piano, Keyboards
Bill Pittman Guitar
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
Benny Powell Trombone
Rudy Powell Alto Saxophone
Ian Prince Keyboards
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Don Rader Trumpet
The Raelettes Background Vocals, Group
Joe Randazzo Trombone
Ron Reynolds Percussion
Barry Rillera Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Keyboards
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Billy Sanford Gut String Guitar
Dale Sellers Acoustic Guitar
Roosevelt Sheffield Bass
Kenny Shroyer Trombone
Paul Shure Violin
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Maurice Simon Tenor Saxophone
Denis Solee Saxophone
Clifford Solomon Alto Saxophone
Todd Sommer Drums
Marshall Sosson Violin
Maurice Spears Trombone
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Richard Tee Organ, Piano
Toots Thielemans Guitar
Diane Tidwell Background Vocals
Joe Tillman Tenor Saxophone
Ray Triscari Trumpet
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Steve Turre Trombone
Danny Turner Alto Saxophone
Milt Turner Drums
Kenneth Tussing Trumpet
Ian Underwood Synthesizer
Ernest Vantrease Organ
Harold Vick Tenor Saxophone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Riley Webb Trumpet
Frank Wess Alto Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Jerry Wexler Tambourine
Charles Whitley Trumpet
Hank Williams Jr. Vocals, Track Performer
Edgar Willis Bass
Joshua Willis Trumpet
Robert Thomas Wray Bass
Syreeta Wright Background Vocals
Snooky Young Trumpet
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Harold "Geezil" Minerve Alto Saxophone
Hershel Wigginton Background Vocals
Wood Keyboards
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Irving Carter Drums
Joe DeFiore Viola
Allan Haishman Viola
Louis Kevman Viola
Jose McElhiney Trumpet
Joe Stepansky Violin
Eddie Jones Bass
Leland Sklar Bass
Jack Halloran Choir Background Vocals
Earl Brown Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Fleming Askew Trumpet
Virginia Majeivski Viola
Frank "Naim Ahmad" McClure Bass
Charles Waller Baritone Saxophone
Renald Richard Vocals
Andrew Ennis Tenor Saxophone
Albert McQueen Tenor Saxophone
Milton Garred Bass
Bill King Trumpet
Ernest Elly Drums
Maxin Trio Track Performer
Billy Moore Drums
Percival "Sonny" Payne Drums
Pat Smith Background Vocals
Bob Caulson Trombone
Harold Schneider Cello
Paul E. West Bass
Technical Credits
Lloyd Glenn Producer
Percy Mayfield Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Dave Alvin Liner Notes
Ray Charles Arranger, Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Larry Williams Programming
Quincy Jones Arranger, Producer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Arrangements
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Gerald Wilson Arranger
Ralph Burns Arranger
Jimmy Lewis Arranger
Onzy Matthews Arranger
Cecil Gant Composer
Bobby Wood Contributor
Troy Seals Composer
Herb Abramson Producer
Joe Adams Producer
James Austin Liner Notes
Benny Carter Arranger
Michael Boddicker Programming
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Ozzie Cadena Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Teddy Edwards Arranger
Ahmet Ertegun Producer, Liner Notes
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Sid Feller Arranger, Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Rene Hall Arranger
Harry Lookofsky Director
Arif Mardin Producer
Marty Paich Arranger
Larry Muhoberac Arranger
Roger Newman Arranger
Richard Perry Producer
Steve Porcaro Programming
Zenas Sears Producer
Eddie Setser Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer
Jesse Stone Arranger
Bruce Swedien Contributor, Drum Sounds
Creed Taylor Producer
Bob Tischler Producer
Ian Underwood Programming
Billy Vera Producer
Jerry Wexler Producer, Liner Notes
David Ritz Liner Notes
Lew Herman Composer
Teddy Powell Composer
Renald Richard Composer
Nan Schwartz Arranger
TRC Producer
Bobby Sharp Composer
Ricci Harper Composer
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