The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This three-disc box from Proper Records collects 60 vintage early tracks from the incomparable Ray Charles, including his classic singles "What I Say" and "I Got a Woman," as well as fine versions of "Rockin' Chair Blues," "Get on the Right Track, Baby," "Night Time Is the Right Time," "Mess Around," and "Lonely Avenue," among countless other minor masterpieces. It's no secret that this guy could sing, but the country-gospel passion he brought to these secular songs was nothing less than the merging of Saturday night and Sunday morning, with love at the center -- the very birth of soul music. Charles recorded frequently throughout his career, but if these 60 sides were ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This three-disc box from Proper Records collects 60 vintage early tracks from the incomparable Ray Charles, including his classic singles "What I Say" and "I Got a Woman," as well as fine versions of "Rockin' Chair Blues," "Get on the Right Track, Baby," "Night Time Is the Right Time," "Mess Around," and "Lonely Avenue," among countless other minor masterpieces. It's no secret that this guy could sing, but the country-gospel passion he brought to these secular songs was nothing less than the merging of Saturday night and Sunday morning, with love at the center -- the very birth of soul music. Charles recorded frequently throughout his career, but if these 60 sides were all he had ever done, his legacy would still be more than assured.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2010
  • Label: Proper Records Uk
  • UPC: 805520130158
  • Catalog Number: 2013015
  • Sales rank: 67,864

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Confession Blues (2:30)
  2. 2 Sitting On Top of the World (2:38)
  3. 3 Leave My Woman Alone (2:40)
  4. 4 Drown In My Own Tears (3:20)
  5. 5 All To Myself (3:03)
  6. 6 How Long Blues (2:35)
  7. 7 What I'd Say, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:28)
  8. 8 She's on the Ball (2:31)
  9. 9 You'll Never Miss The Water (Until the Well Runs Dry) (2:48)
  10. 10 Alone In the City (2:57)
  11. 11 Come Back Baby (3:06)
  12. 12 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now? (2:19)
  13. 13 I Got a Break, Baby (2:47)
  14. 14 Sinner's Prayer (3:23)
  15. 15 I've Had My Fun (2:47)
  16. 16 Snow Is Falling (2:49)
  17. 17 Funny (But I Still Love You) (3:14)
  18. 18 Blues Before Sunrise (2:47)
  19. 19 Losing Hand (3:11)
  20. 20 A Fool for You (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:34)
  2. 2 Mess Around (2:41)
  3. 3 Mary Ann (2:46)
  4. 4 I Got a Woman (2:53)
  5. 5 It Should Have Been Me (2:43)
  6. 6 Night Time is the Right Time (3:27)
  7. 7 Lonely Avenue (2:35)
  8. 8 Honey, Honey (2:39)
  9. 9 That's Enough (2:44)
  10. 10 I'm Movin' On (2:20)
  11. 11 What Would I Do Without You? (2:36)
  12. 12 Don't You Know? (2:56)
  13. 13 This Little Girl of Mine (2:32)
  14. 14 Blackjack (2:19)
  15. 15 Swanee River Rock (2:19)
  16. 16 Greenbacks (2:51)
  17. 17 Rockhouse, Pts. 1 & 2 (3:52)
  18. 18 Feelin' Sad (2:49)
  19. 19 Ain't That Love? (2:52)
  20. 20 Don't You Know? (3:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ain't That Fine (2:16)
  2. 2 Here I Am (2:28)
  3. 3 The Ego Song (2:20)
  4. 4 See See Rider (2:34)
  5. 5 I'll Do Anything But Work (2:38)
  6. 6 Misery In My Heart (3:03)
  7. 7 Jumpin' in the Mornin' (2:47)
  8. 8 Rockin' Chair Blues (2:46)
  9. 9 Kissa Me Baby (3:09)
  10. 10 Hey Now (2:17)
  11. 11 The Sun's Gonna Shine Again (2:37)
  12. 12 Roll With Me Baby (2:36)
  13. 13 The Midnight Hour (3:00)
  14. 14 I Want To Know (2:09)
  15. 15 Sweet Sixteen Bars (4:06)
  16. 16 Doodlin', Pts. 1 & 2 (5:52)
  17. 17 Can Anyone Ask for More? (2:49)
  18. 18 It's All Right (2:15)
  19. 19 Get on the Right Track, Baby (2:18)
  20. 20 What Have I Done? (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Ray Charles Arranger, Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Traditional Composer
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