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Ultimate Hits Collection

Ultimate Hits Collection

by Ray Charles
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


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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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
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
Cookies   Background Vocals
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   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
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   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
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Jesse Stone   Arranger,Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Ian Underwood   Programming
Jerry Wexler   Producer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Lew Herman   Composer
Teddy Powell   Composer
Elizabeth Pavone   Editorial Coordinator
Renald Richard   Composer
TRC   Producer
Bobby Sharp   Composer
Ricci Harper   Composer

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