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iTunes Price: $11.99

Genre: R&B/Soul

Released: Jul 05, 1994

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Ray Charles
Ray Charles

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1956
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The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years – Ray Charles

NameArtistTimePrice
1.
It Should've Been MeRay Charles2:44$1.29
2.
Don't You Know (Single)Ray Charles2:57$1.29
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Blackjack (Single)Ray Charles2:20$1.29
4.
I've Got a Woman (Single)Ray Charles2:52$1.29
5.
What Would I Do Without You (Single)Ray Charles2:37$1.29
6.
Greenbacks (Single)Ray Charles2:51$1.29
7.
Come Back Baby (Single)Ray Charles3:06$1.29
8.
A Fool for You (Single)Ray Charles3:02$1.29
9.
This Little Girl of Mine (Single)Ray Charles2:32$1.29
10.
Hallelujah I Love Her So (Single)Ray Charles2:36$1.29
11.
Lonely Avenue (Single)Ray Charles2:35$1.29
12.
It's Alright (Single)Ray Charles2:17$1.29
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Ain't That Love (Single)Ray Charles2:53$1.29
14.
Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout Tha..Ray Charles2:20$1.29
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That's Enough (Single)Ray Charles2:45$1.29
16.
What'd I Say, Pts. I & 2Ray Charles5:04$1.29
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Night Time Is the Right TimeRay Charles3:28$1.29
18.
Drown In My Own Tears (Single)Ray Charles3:21$1.29
19.
Tell the Truth (Live at Herdon W/Int..Ray Charles3:28$1.29
20.
Just for a ThrillRay Charles2:24$1.29

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Our Review

Ray Charles’ eight-year partnership with Atlantic Records stands as one of music’s most fertile collaborations. It produced a string of albums that are remarkable not only for their consistency, but for their unifying force. The 20 tracks on The Best of Ray Charles demonstrate the diversity of styles in which Charles worked: from the moody blues of “Blackjack” and “Lonely Avenue” to the skeletal and poignant ballads “What Would I Do With You” and “Drown In My Own Tears;” from the raw R&B rave-up of “What’d I Say, Pts. 1 & 2” to the elegant orchestral sweep of “Just For A Thrill.” Listening to The Best Of Ray Charles one is struck not just by his flexibility and openness when it came to tackling different songs, but by his ability to tie it all together with his inimitable voice. No matter his surroundings, Ray is always recognizable as Ray. He always defined his material and never let his material define him. Such is the mark of the true stylist, and such is the reason the 20 songs included here will hang together and endure for generations to come.

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Customer Reviews

Just amazing. (5 stars)
At thirty years of age, I am ashamed to say that this is the first Ray album I purchase. Jam, after jam, after jam, they just keep on comin'. If you need a starters kit of Rays hits THIS is it... enjoy.

ONLY ONE REVIEW??? (5 stars)
Some of the greatest music ever recorded is included here. This is only a small sampling of Ray's genius, but it's an essential compilation nonetheless. The sly grove on Doc Pomus' Lonely Avenue and the crack in Ray's voice on the brilliant What Would I Do are worth five stars by themselves. Itunes has to come up with a few more stars for this one.

Perfection. (5 stars)
A lot of people can make wonderful music, but there are far fewer that were put on this earth to make perfect music. Ray Charles is just amazing. I started playing classical guitar when I was six-years-old and along with classical music, I listen to a lot of technical metal. My point is, this isn't the type of music that I usually listen to. However... after listening to this album a lot, I can't help but wonder who COULDN'T love this album.

Biography

Born: September 23, 1930 in Albany, GA
Genre: R&B/Soul
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis...

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