The King of Soul: Classic Hits

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ray Charles' brilliant blend of gospel, blues, R&B, and jazz made him the first true soul singer in the 1950s, setting the table for deep Southern soul and Motown, and by extension, funk, disco, and so much more, and he should be clearly seen as one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. All of those styles fall together for Charles in this wonderful set, which collects all of his charting Billboard hits released between 1953 and 1959 -- it's all one, whether Charles is setting off a revolution with the full original five-minute version of "What'd I Say," sounding endlessly soulful on "Drown in My Own Tears," fronting a big band on "Let the Good ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ray Charles' brilliant blend of gospel, blues, R&B, and jazz made him the first true soul singer in the 1950s, setting the table for deep Southern soul and Motown, and by extension, funk, disco, and so much more, and he should be clearly seen as one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. All of those styles fall together for Charles in this wonderful set, which collects all of his charting Billboard hits released between 1953 and 1959 -- it's all one, whether Charles is setting off a revolution with the full original five-minute version of "What'd I Say," sounding endlessly soulful on "Drown in My Own Tears," fronting a big band on "Let the Good Times Roll," or backed by a full orchestra on "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'." It's soul. It's Ray Charles. It's essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Ais
  • EAN: 8436028693931
  • Catalog Number: 2869393
  • Sales rank: 296,186

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Al Grey Trombone
Warren Hill Baritone Saxophone
Melba Liston Trombone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Wallace Davenport Trumpet
Oscar Moore Drums
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Don Wilkerson Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Bell Bass
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Connie Kay Drums
The Cookies Vocals
Joe Bridgewater Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Glenn Brooks Drums
Clark Terry Trumpet
Bennie Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Emmett Dennis Baritone Saxophone
Jesse Drakes Trumpet
Teagle Fleming Drums
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
O'Neil Gerald Alto Saxophone
Ricky Harper Trumpet
John Hunt Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Wesley Jackson Guitar
Lloyd Lambert Bass
Wendell Marshall Bass
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Frank Mitchell Trumpet
Thomas Mitchell Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Richard Payne Bass
William Peeples Drums
Charlie Persip Drums
The Raelettes Vocals
Roosevelt Sheffield Bass
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Joe Tillman Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Milt Turner Drums
Riley Webb Trumpet
Frank Wess Alto Saxophone
Charles Whitley Trumpet
Edgar Willis Bass
Joshua Willis Trumpet
Snooky Young Trumpet
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Eddie Jones Bass
Renald Richard Vocals
Mary Ann Fisher Vocals
McHouston "Mickey" Baker Guitar
Ted Sommers Drums
Freddie Greene Guitar
Paul West Bass
Marjorie Hendrix Vocals
Technical Credits
Hank Snow Composer
Ray Charles Arranger, Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger
Napoleon Brown Composer
Ozzie Cadena Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Jesse Stone Arranger
Lew Herman Composer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Renald Richard Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Memphis Curtis Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Greene Composer
Will Brash Liner Notes
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