The Complete Early Recordings 1949-1952

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ray Charles was really closer to Nat King Cole than he was to being an innovative R&B and soul singer (and pianist) when he first began recording with his trio in 1949, although the spark of something unique and special was already visible and audible. This two-disc, 51-track set collects the early sides Charles recorded between 1949 and 1952, and rounds things out with ten tracks cut by Bill Samuels, an artist who was also working in the same Nat King Cole template at the time.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ray Charles was really closer to Nat King Cole than he was to being an innovative R&B and soul singer (and pianist) when he first began recording with his trio in 1949, although the spark of something unique and special was already visible and audible. This two-disc, 51-track set collects the early sides Charles recorded between 1949 and 1952, and rounds things out with ten tracks cut by Bill Samuels, an artist who was also working in the same Nat King Cole template at the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2011
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065423124
  • Catalog Number: 4231
  • Sales rank: 191,059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Love You, I Love You (2:43)
  2. 2 Confession Blues (2:30)
  3. 3 Alone in the City (2:57)
  4. 4 Can Anyone Ask for More (2:49)
  5. 5 Rockin' Chair Blues (2:46)
  6. 6 Here I Am (2:32)
  7. 7 If I Give You My Love (2:37)
  8. 8 Can't You See Darling (2:38)
  9. 9 This Love of Mine (3:03)
  10. 10 Blues Before Sunrise (2:49)
  11. 11 How Long Blues (2:36)
  12. 12 A Sentimental Blues (2:26)
  13. 13 You'll Always Miss the Water (2:49)
  14. 14 Ain't That Fine (2:17)
  15. 15 Don't Put All Your Dreams in One Basket (2:51)
  16. 16 Sittin' On Top of the World (2:17)
  17. 17 I've Had My Fun (2:42)
  18. 18 See See Rider (2:35)
  19. 19 What Have I Done (2:33)
  20. 20 Honey Honey (2:43)
  21. 21 She's On the Ball (2:31)
  22. 22 Th' Ego Song (2:22)
  23. 23 Late in the Evening Blues (3:05)
  24. 24 Someday (3:09)
  25. 25 I'll Do Anything but Work (2:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (2:20)
  2. 2 All to Myself (2:00)
  3. 3 Lonely Boy (2:50)
  4. 4 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand (3:01)
  5. 5 I'm Glad for Your Sake (2:46)
  6. 6 Baby Won't you Please Come Home (2:55)
  7. 7 Hey Now (2:19)
  8. 8 Kissa Me Baby (3:07)
  9. 9 The Snow Is Falling (2:50)
  10. 10 Misery in My Heart (3:04)
  11. 11 Baby Let Me Hear You Call My Name (3:34)
  12. 12 Walkin' and Talkin' (3:09)
  13. 13 I'm Wonderin' and Wonderin' (3:20)
  14. 14 I Can't Do No More (Why Did You Go) (2:49)
  15. 15 Guitar Blues (2:34)
  16. 16 I Cover the Waterfront - Bill Samuels (3:06)
  17. 17 Jockey Blues - Bill Samuels (2:57)
  18. 18 I'm Coming Home to Stay - Bill Samuels (2:28)
  19. 19 My Bicycle Tillie - Bill Samuels (2:57)
  20. 20 One Hundred Years from Today - Bill Samuels (3:00)
  21. 21 Candy Store Jump - Bill Samuels (2:26)
  22. 22 That Chick's Too Young To Fry - Bill Samuels (2:37)
  23. 23 I Cover the Waterfront - Bill Samuels (3:05)
  24. 24 Jockey Blues - Bill Samuels (2:37)
  25. 25 Port Wine - Bill Samuels (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Eddie Lang Guitar
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Moore Guitar
Jack McVea Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Buckner Trumpet
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Ralph Hamilton Bass
Sylvester Hickman Bass
Johnny Miller Bass
Bill Samuels Piano, Vocals
Maurice Simon Tenor Saxophone
Tiny Webb Guitar
Earl Brown Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Hillard Brown Drums
Fleming Askew Trumpet
Charles Waller Baritone Saxophone
Adam Lambert Guitar
Milton Garred Bass
Billy Brooks Trumpet
Clifton Pitts Drums
Louis Speigner Guitar
Gossie D. McKee Guitar
Frank McClure Bass
Eddie Piper Drums
Technical Credits
Neil Slaven Liner Notes
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