The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

by Ray Charles


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The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

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.)

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/1994
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227172220
catalogNumber: 271722
Rank: 6851

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
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
Raelettes   Background Vocals
Mongo Santamaría   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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The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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.