Ray Charles Anthology (3-CD)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: November 11, 2013
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Aao Music
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Mess Around
- 2.Rockin' Chair Blues
- 3.Crying Time
- 4.C.C. Rider
- 5.Hallelujah, I Love Her So - (live)
- 6.Lonely Boy
- 7.I'll Do Anything but Work
- 8.Baby Won't YOu Please Come Home
- 9.Can Anyone Ask for More?
- 10.How Long
- 11.I'm Wondering' and Wonderin'
- 12.Kissa Me Baby
- 13.The Snow is Falling
- 14.What Have I Done?
- 15.Ray's Blues
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Hit the Road Jack - (live)
- 2.Let's Go Get Stoned - (live)
- 3.Some Day (Blues is My Middle Name)
- 4.Hey Now
- 5.Don't Put All Your Dreams in One Basket
- 6.Alone in the City
- 7.Blues Before Sunrise
- 8.Honey, Honey
- 9.Walkin' and Talkin'
- 10.She's on the Ball
- 11.I've Had My Fun
- 12.Going Down Slow
- 13.A Sentimental Blues
- 14.Late in the Evening Blues
- 15.The Sun is Gonna Shine Again
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.What'd I Say - (live)
- 2.The Midnight Hour
- 3.Eleanor Rigby - (live)
- 4.Ain't That Fine
- 5.Can't You See Darling?
- 6.I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?
- 7.Let's Have a Bell
- 8.You Are My Sunshine - (live)
- 9.I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
- 10.Guitar Blues
- 11.Roll With My BAby
- 12.Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- 13.Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
- 14.Let the Good Times Roll - (live)
- 15.Georgia on My Mind - (live)
Includes liner notes by Todd Everett.
This is not a career retrospective per se, since it doesn't include any of Ray Charles' groundbreaking '50s R&B from his tenure at Atlantic Records. It is, however, an excellent greatest-hits collection covering his years at ABC-Paramount. As always, what's most impressive is the sheer stylistic breadth of Charles' music-making. Here you have, among other goodies, a Latin-tinged blues-rocker ("Unchain My Heart"), a reinvented Tin Pan Alley standard ("Georgia on My Mind"), and an unabashed country weeper ("I Can't Stop Loving You"). There's an early R&B tune written by the Motown team of Ashford & Simpson ("I Don't Need No Doctor"), a soulful cover of the Beatles at their most classically tinged ("Eleanor Rigby"), and finally an all-out gospel assault on "America the Beautiful." Amazingly, it all fits together in a seamless whole. Essential listening. ~ Rovi Staff
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