The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Taking one of the most interesting bodies of work in the history of American music and trying to narrow it down to one 20-song compact disc would seem to be the sort of project that's doomed to failure, and there's little arguing that this collection of Ray Charles's classic Atlantic Records sides merely skims the surface of some of the most groundbreaking music in the history of rhythm and blues. But that's not to say that the surface in question isn't quite satisfying, and as an introduction to Charles's most crucial period of creative growth, The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years offers nearly all the hits, some choice lesser-known cuts, and an admirably accurate ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Taking one of the most interesting bodies of work in the history of American music and trying to narrow it down to one 20-song compact disc would seem to be the sort of project that's doomed to failure, and there's little arguing that this collection of Ray Charles's classic Atlantic Records sides merely skims the surface of some of the most groundbreaking music in the history of rhythm and blues. But that's not to say that the surface in question isn't quite satisfying, and as an introduction to Charles's most crucial period of creative growth, The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years offers nearly all the hits, some choice lesser-known cuts, and an admirably accurate representation of his creative arc from this period, starting with rough-and-tumble jump blues such as "It Should've Been Me" and "Greenback" and growing into heartfelt but sophisticated proto-soul masterpieces like "What'd I Say" and "Drown in My Own Tears." One disc simply isn't enough to tell Ray Charles's full musical story from this period, but what is here is all top-shelf stuff, and the selection and sequence of this collection should please both longtime fans looking for a portable sampler and neophytes easing their way into Ray's Atlantic catalog. The mastering and packaging is done with Rhino's typical degree of care, and besides, who wouldn't enjoy a disc with "I Got a Woman," "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," "Lonely Avenue," "Night Time (Is the Right Time)," and "This Little Girl of Mine" on it? (By the way, if you happen to be the type who wouldn't enjoy a disc like that, you might want to ask yourself just why you're reading record reviews in the first place.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/1994
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227172220
  • Catalog Number: 271722
  • Sales rank: 3,626

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone
Hank Crawford Baritone Saxophone
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Wallace Davenport Trumpet
Oscar Moore Drums
Don Wilkerson Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Baker Guitar
Jimmy Bell Bass
Connie Kay Drums
The Cookies Background Vocals
Warren Bell Baritone Saxophone
Joe Bridgewater Trumpet
Glenn Brooks Drums
Emmett Dennis Baritone Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
O'Neil Gerald Alto Saxophone
Richie Goldberg Drums
Allen Harlow Guitar
Lee Harper Trumpet
Ricky Harper Trumpet
Harry Lookofsky Concert Master
Margie Hendrix Vocals
John Hunt Trumpet
Wesley Jackson Guitar
Lloyd Lambert Bass
Wendell Marshall Bass
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Frank Mitchell Trumpet
Freddie Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
David "Fathead" Newman Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
William Peeples Drums
The Raelettes Background Vocals
Mongo SantamarĂ­a Conga
Roosevelt Sheffield Bass
Todd Sommer Drums
Joe Tillman Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Milt Turner Drums
Riley Webb Trumpet
Charles Whitley Trumpet
Pinky Williams Tenor Saxophone
Edgar Willis Bass
Joshua Willis Trumpet
Allen Hanlon Guitar
James Bell Bass
Paul E. West Bass
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Composer
Ralph Burns Arranger, Director
Yves Beauvais Producer
Ozzie Cadena Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Zenas Sears Producer
Jesse Stone Arranger
Billy Vera Liner Notes
Jerry Wexler Producer
Lew Herman Composer
Leo Sacks Liner Notes
Geoff Gans Artwork
Renald Richard Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The best cuts of Ray's Atlantic recordings.

    Even if you own the great 8 CD Atlantic Rhythm and Blues box set (which you definitively ought to) you still might want to buy this CD as well so you won't have to skip around the box just to play all Ray's hits. This is one CD you will play a lot.

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