The Birth of Soul

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All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
The title isn't just hype -- this absolutely essential three-disc box is where soul music first took shape and soared, courtesy of Ray Charles' church-soaked pipes and bedrock piano work. Brother Ray's formula for inventing the genre was disarmingly simple: he brought gospel intensity to the R&B world with his seminal "I Got a Woman," "Hallelujah I Love Her So," "Leave My Woman Alone," "You Be My Baby," and the primal 1959 call-and-response classic "What'd I Say." There's plenty of brilliant blues content within these 53 historic sides: Charles' mournful "Losing Hand," "Feelin' Sad," "Hard Times," and "Blackjack" ooze after-hours desperation. No blues collection should be...
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All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
The title isn't just hype -- this absolutely essential three-disc box is where soul music first took shape and soared, courtesy of Ray Charles' church-soaked pipes and bedrock piano work. Brother Ray's formula for inventing the genre was disarmingly simple: he brought gospel intensity to the R&B world with his seminal "I Got a Woman," "Hallelujah I Love Her So," "Leave My Woman Alone," "You Be My Baby," and the primal 1959 call-and-response classic "What'd I Say." There's plenty of brilliant blues content within these 53 historic sides: Charles' mournful "Losing Hand," "Feelin' Sad," "Hard Times," and "Blackjack" ooze after-hours desperation. No blues collection should be without this boxed set, which comes with well-researched notes by Robert Palmer, a nicely illustrated accompanying booklet, and discographical info aplenty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/1991
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678231025
  • Catalog Number: 82310

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sun's Gonna Shine Again (2:36)
  2. 2 Roll with My Baby (2:35)
  3. 3 The Midnight Hour (2:59)
  4. 4 Jumpin' in the Mornin' (2:44)
  5. 5 It Should've Been Me (2:42)
  6. 6 Losing Hand (3:11)
  7. 7 Heartbreaker (2:51)
  8. 8 Sinner's Prayer (3:21)
  9. 9 Mess Around (2:38)
  10. 10 Funny (But I Still Love You) (3:12)
  11. 11 Feelin' Sad (2:47)
  12. 12 I Wonder Who (2:47)
  13. 13 Don't You Know (2:55)
  14. 14 Nobody Cares (2:37)
  15. 15 Ray's Blues (2:52)
  16. 16 Mr. Charles' Blues (2:45)
  17. 17 Blackjack (2:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Got a Woman (2:50)
  2. 2 Greenbacks (2:48)
  3. 3 Come Back Baby (3:04)
  4. 4 A Fool for You (3:00)
  5. 5 This Little Girl of Mine (2:30)
  6. 6 Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) (2:53)
  7. 7 A Bit of Soul (2:17)
  8. 8 Mary Ann (2:45)
  9. 9 Drown in My Own Tears (3:19)
  10. 10 Hallelujah, I Love Her So (2:34)
  11. 11 What Would I Do Without You? (2:34)
  12. 12 Lonely Avenue (2:33)
  13. 13 I Want to Know (2:09)
  14. 14 Leave My Woman Alone (2:38)
  15. 15 It's Alright (2:15)
  16. 16 Ain't That Love (2:51)
  17. 17 Get on the Right Track Baby (2:17)
  18. 18 Rock House, Pts. 1-2 (3:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River) (2:18)
  2. 2 That's Enough (2:43)
  3. 3 Talkin' 'bout You (2:49)
  4. 4 What Kind of Man Are You (2:47)
  5. 5 I Want a Little Girl (2:53)
  6. 6 Yes, Indeed! (2:14)
  7. 7 I Had a Dream (2:52)
  8. 8 You Be My Baby (2:28)
  9. 9 Tell All the World About You (2:01)
  10. 10 My Bonnie (2:44)
  11. 11 Early in the Morning (2:43)
  12. 12 Night Time Is the Right Time (3:26)
  13. 13 Carryin' the Load (2:22)
  14. 14 Tell Me How Do You Feel (2:42)
  15. 15 What'd I Say, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:26)
  16. 16 Tell the Truth (3:03)
  17. 17 I'm Movin' On (2:20)
  18. 18 I Believe to My Soul (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Wallace Davenport Trumpet
Oscar Moore Drums
Don Wilkerson Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Baker Guitar
Jimmy Bell Bass
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Connie Kay Drums
The Cookies Vocals
Warren Bell Baritone Saxophone
Edgar Blanchard Guitar
Glenn Brooks Drums
Candido Camero Conga
Emmett Dennis Baritone Saxophone
Jesse Drakes Trumpet
Auguste Dimes DuPont Alto Saxophone
Frank Fields Bass
Teagle Fleming Drums
Panama Francis Drums
O'Neil Gerald Alto Saxophone
Richie Goldberg Drums
Lee Harper Trumpet
Ricky Harper Trumpet
Warren Hebrew Tenor Saxophone
Margie Hendrix Vocals
John Hunt Trumpet
Wesley Jackson Guitar
Lloyd Lambert Bass
Dave McRae Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Frank Mitchell Trumpet
Freddie Mitchell Saxophone
David "Fathead" Newman Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
The Raelettes Vocals
Mongo SantamarĂ­a Conga
Roosevelt Sheffield Bass
Alonzo Stewart Drums
Joe Tillman Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Milt Turner Drums
Charles Whitley Trumpet
Pinky Williams Saxophone
Edgar Willis Bass
Joshua Willis Trumpet
Mary Ann Fisher Vocals
William Peebles Drums
Paul E. West Bass
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Composer
Robert Palmer Composer
Oliver Sain Composer
Herb Abramson Producer
Ozzie Cadena Composer
Milton Campbell Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer, Producer
Jesse Stone Arranger, Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Lew Herman Composer
Robert Palmer Liner Notes
Renald Richard Composer
Sam Sweet Composer
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