The Birth of a Legend

The Birth of a Legend

by Ray Charles


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The Birth of a Legend

Of all the countless compilations that have been stitched together of Ray Charles' early sides for Jack Lauderdale's Swing Time Records, this two-disc box is the only CD package that treats these enormously important works with the reverent respect that they deserve (meaning decent mono sound quality instead of murky electronic reprocessed stereo dubbed from vinyl, cogent liner notes, and full discographical annotation). This is where the genius began, imitating Charles Brown at the very start (1949) and sounding like nobody but Brother Ray by 1952 (when he defected to Atlantic and hit the real big time). Forty-one tracks in all.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Blue Moon Imports
UPC: 8427328040075
catalogNumber: 4007


Disc 1

  1. I Love You, I Love You (I Will Never Let You Go)
  2. Confession Blues
  3. Alone in the City
  4. Can Anyone Ask for More?
  5. Lets Have a Ball
  6. Rockin' Chair Blues
  7. If I Give You My Love
  8. Can't You See Darling?
  9. This Love of Mine
  10. How Long Blues
  11. Blues Before Sunrise
  12. A Sentimental Blues
  13. You Always Miss the Water (When the Well Runs Dry)
  14. Ain't That Fine
  15. Don't Put All Your Dreams in One Basket
  16. Sitting on Top of the World
  17. I've Had My Fun (Going Down Slow)
  18. C.C. Rider
  19. What Have I Done?
  20. Honey, Honey
  21. She's on the Ball

Disc 2

  1. TH' Ego Song
  2. Late in the Evening Blues
  3. Someday
  4. I'll Do Anything But Work
  5. I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?
  6. All to Myself Alone
  7. Lonely Boy
  8. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
  9. I'm Glad for Your Sake
  10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  11. Kissa Me Baby
  12. Hey Now
  13. The Snow Is Falling
  14. Misery in My Heart
  15. Let Me Hear You Call My Name
  16. Why Did You Go?
  17. I'm Wonderin' and Wonderin'
  18. Walkin' and Talkin'
  19. Guitar Blues
  20. Back Home

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards,Vocals
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
Johnny Miller   Bass
Maurice Simon   Tenor Saxophone
Mitchell "Tiny" Webb   Guitar
Fleming Askew   Trumpet
Charles Waller   Baritone Saxophone
Gosady McKee   Guitar
Eddie Pipper   Drums

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Shifty Henry   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Jack Lauderdale   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Dennis Morgan   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Leroy Snake White   Arranger
William York   Composer
Frank Adams   Composer
James Burke Oden   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jordi Pujol   Liner Notes
Betty Hall   Composer
Velma Green   Composer
J. Lee Lawrence   Composer
Herbert Leventhal   Composer
Will M. Hough   Composer

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