Ultimate Hits Collection

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James Brown may be "the hardest working man in show business," Aretha Franklin may be the Queen of Soul, but as Ultimate Hits Collection proves, the most apt nickname in all of music may belong to Ray Charles: the Genius. Forget for a moment that fitting all of Charles' hits on a mere two CDs is not remotely possible. Almost any Ray Charles greatest-hits compilation is going to be excellent, and this one is better than most, if only because it's two-discs long. Ultimate Hits Collection follows the path of Charles' work as it cruises through the genres he so richly influenced: R&B, pop, jazz, blues, and country. The standard favorites are here from Charles' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Vanderhoff
James Brown may be "the hardest working man in show business," Aretha Franklin may be the Queen of Soul, but as Ultimate Hits Collection proves, the most apt nickname in all of music may belong to Ray Charles: the Genius. Forget for a moment that fitting all of Charles' hits on a mere two CDs is not remotely possible. Almost any Ray Charles greatest-hits compilation is going to be excellent, and this one is better than most, if only because it's two-discs long. Ultimate Hits Collection follows the path of Charles' work as it cruises through the genres he so richly influenced: R&B, pop, jazz, blues, and country. The standard favorites are here from Charles' repertoire, but what sets this compilation apart are the lesser-known tracks. "Mess Around" and "Hide 'Nor Hair" are certainly not as popular as "Hit the Road Jack," but they are no less enjoyable. The most welcome inclusion is Charles' version of the country classic "You Don't Know Me," which is often left off of other Charles retrospectives. Of the multitude of duets he has recorded, two appear here. "Seven Spanish Angels" with Willie Nelson and "I'll Be Good to You" with Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan are fine choices, but adding "Baby Grand" with Billy Joel could have pushed the collection from great to superb. The liner notes are lengthy and compelling, featuring some great photos, and the packaging, with each disc in its own jewel box, is functional. The sound quality is also superb, considering some of the recordings were almost 50 years old at the time of this release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227564421
  • Catalog Number: 75644

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Willie Nelson Vocals, Track Performer
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
James Ingram Background Vocals
Billy Preston Organ
Larry Williams Synthesizer
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone, Valve Trombone
James Clay Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Al Grey Trombone
Jim Hall Guitar
Quincy Jones Track Performer
Thad Jones Trumpet
Hubert Laws Reeds
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Julian Priester Trombone
Jerome Richardson Reeds
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Wallace Davenport Trumpet
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Don Wilkerson Tenor Saxophone
Phil Perry Background Vocals
Mickey Baker Guitar
Jimmy Bell Bass
Pete Drake Guitar, Steel Guitar
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Connie Kay Drums
Bob Cranshaw Bass
The Cookies Background Vocals
The A-Strings Strings
Martin Banks Trumpet
Oliver Beener Trumpet
Joe Benjamin Bass
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Pete Bordonali Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Joe Bridgewater Trumpet
Glenn Brooks Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Edward Burke Trombone
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Chaka Khan Vocals, Track Performer
Clark Terry Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Leroy Cooper Baritone Saxophone
Irving Cottler Drums
Bennie Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Emmett Dennis Baritone Saxophone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Jesse Drakes Trumpet
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
John Frosk Trumpet
Eric Gale Guitar
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Philip Guilbeau Trumpet
Lee Harper Trumpet
Roy Haynes Drums
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Margie Hendrix Vocals
Sam Herman Guitar
Wilbert G.T. Hogan Drums
John Hunt Trumpet
Wesley Jackson Guitar
Albert Johnson Tenor Saxophone
George Johnson Guitar, Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Bass, Background Vocals
Wendell Marshall Bass
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
George Matthews Trombone
Bill McElhiney Trumpet, Conductor
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
David "Fathead" Newman Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
David Paich Keyboards
William Peeples Drums
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
Bill Pittman Guitar
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
Benny Powell Trombone
Rudy Powell Alto Saxophone
Ian Prince Keyboards
The Raelettes Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Keyboards
Billy Sanford Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Dale Sellers Acoustic Guitar
Roosevelt Sheffield Bass
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Todd Sommer Drums
Bruce Swedien Drums
Toots Thielemans Guitar
Diane Tidwell Background Vocals
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Milt Turner Drums
Ian Underwood Synthesizer
Harold Vick Tenor Saxophone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Riley Webb Trumpet
Frank Wess Alto Saxophone
Jerry Wexler Tambourine
Charles Whitley Trumpet
Edgar Willis Bass
Joshua Willis Trumpet
Robert Thomas Wray Bass
Syreeta Wright Background Vocals
Snooky Young Trumpet
Hershel Wigginton Background Vocals
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Jose McElhiney Trumpet
Bud Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Jones Bass
Jack Halloran Choir Background Vocals
Buddy Pearson Alto Saxophone
Eugene E. Young Trumpet
Renald Richard Vocals
Frederick Johnson Trombone
Henry Cocker Trombone
Percival "Sonny" Payne Drums
Paul E. West Bass
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Ray Charles Arranger, Composer, Producer
Titus Turner Composer
Larry Williams Programming
Quincy Jones Arranger, Producer
Gerald Wilson Arranger
Ralph Burns Arranger
Herb Abramson Producer
Joe Adams Producer
Benny Carter Arranger
Michael Boddicker Programming
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Ozzie Cadena Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer, Producer
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Sid Feller Arranger, Director, Producer
Henry Glover Composer
Harry Lookofsky Director, Producer
Marty Paich Arranger
Steve Porcaro Programming
Doug Sax Remastering
Billy Sherrill Producer
Jesse Stone Arranger, Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Ian Underwood Programming
Jerry Wexler Producer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Lew Herman Composer
Terry Howard Remastering
Teddy Powell Composer
Elizabeth Pavone Editorial Coordinator
Renald Richard Composer
TRC Producer
Bobby Sharp Composer
Ricci Harper Composer
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