Ray Charles' influence is inestimable, his talent as a performer whose marriage of gospel and R&B prepared the basis for soul music is widely acknowledged. This 4CD box set contains all of brother Ray's released recordings between 1949 and 1956. 94 tracks including classics such as Mess Around, I Got A Woman and Hallelujah, I Love Her So. This landmark set comes with a 44 page booklet that tells the story of the man Atlantic Records proclaimed “the Genius” and contains session detail and rare period photos. Frank Sinatra called him "the only true genius in the business." In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Ray Charles #10 on their list of The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Besides winning dozens of Grammy Awards in his career, Charles was also honored in many other ways. In 1981, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was one of the first inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony in 1986.
CD1: Let The Good Times Roll / Georgia On My Mind / I Believe To My Soul / Come Rain Or Come Shine / Oh, What A Beautiful Morning / Some Enchanted Evening / Hallelujah, I Love Her So / I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts / Hit The Road Jack / Margie / I Wonder / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Take These Chains From My Heart / I Can See Clearly Now / What’d I Say / America The Beautiful. CD2: Funny / Feelin’ Sad / I Wonder Who / Don’t You Know / Nobody Cares / Ray’s Blues / Mr. Charles Blues / Blackjack / I’ve Got A Woman / Greenbacks / Come Back Baby / The Sun’s Gonna Shine Again / Roll With My Baby / The Midnight Hour / Jumpin’ In The Morning / A Fool For You / This Little Girl Of Mine.
June 16 street date. Ray Charles was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and was arguably most responsible for
developing soul music over any other artist of his era. This unique 2CD, 50 track compilation covers the A & B sides of Ray’s earliest singles and includes influential classics like 'I Got A Woman' and 'Night Time Is The Right Time'. Also featured are the original versions of much recorded songs like 'This Little Girl Of Mine', 'Lonely Avenue'and 'Talkin’ About You'.
Available now. Jasmine returns with the follow up to JASCD 506 - 'The Singles Collection As & Bs 1952-1958' with more style, versatility and originality from the ever significant, Ray Charles. This time around we have four complete classic albums presenting Ray as a jazz performer, R&B performer and as an exciting live performer with 'The Great Ray Charles', 'At Newport', 'The Genius of Ray Charles' and 'Ray Charles in Person'. These is nothing new to be said about the inimitable Ray Charles that hasn't been said many times before, so simply sit back and listen to the genius in person.
February 28 street date. “Soul +Jazz = Genius” follows on from “The Singles Collection 1952-1958” (JASCD 506) and “The Genius in Person” (JASCD160) and continues to show the immense style and class of the revered Genius that is, Ray Charles. Here you have four complete albums that have never been released in one package like this. The Genius hits the Road, Dedicated to you, Genius + Soul = Jazz and Ray Charles & Betty Carter all of which confirm that a ‘Genius’ is exactly what he was. Includes classic hits like: “Georgia on My Mind”, “Hit the Road Jack”, “One Mint Julep” and the definitive version of “Baby its Cold Outside” with Betty Carter. This is another ‘must have’ Ray Charles CD from Jasmine that captures the late great man’s versatility and prowess to write and perform nothing but the best!
July 26 street date. In Ray Charles, modern music has someone it can proudly label one of culture's true geniuses. Charles blazed his own trail through a career spanning nearly six decades, merging gospel and R&B to create soul music. He later found success in the country and rock‘n’roll fields as he demonstrated his diversity and talent. As well as musical barriers, Charles helped break down racial ones, living and performing in a transformative and difficult time for black men and women in America. This 60 track, 3 CD collection encompasses some of Ray Charles' most popular, influential and seminal recordings.
March 19 street date. Merging the sounds of ‘50s R&B with the power of gospel vocals may have been conceived by some as the devils work, but as we all know, Ray forged quite the career out of it and became a pioneer and a major influence by devising a whole new form of black pop music. It is here though that we have both volumes of 'Modern Sounds in Country Music' with their wonderful, unique and groundbreaking fusion of jazz, R&B and C&W. The first volume topped the US LP charts for 14 weeks, selling an estimated two million copies, and span off two multi-million-selling singles: 'I Can’t Stop Loving You'/'Born to Lose' and 'You Don’t Own Me'/'Careless Love'. The second volume sold a million copies and yielded three further hits: 'You Are My Sunshine', 'Your Cheatin’ Heart' and the million selling 'Take These Chains from My Heart'. Also included are two bonus tracks which include yet another million-seller in the form of 'Georgia on My Mind'. If you only ever bought one Ray Charles compilation, it would have to be this one!
September 3 street date. Two essentials from Ray Charles paired on one natty little 45. "Mess Around" was one of Ray's first big hits, an irresistible piece of R&B that had floors messing around all over the U.S. back when it was first released in 1953. Sixty years on, you will find that it has much the same effect -- and the same can be said of the flip-side "I Got a Woman," another absolute classic, revived a few years back via Kanye West's usage of the song on his pop hit "Gold Digger." Nothing beats the original, though!
February 4 street date. (Hybrid SACD plays on all CD players) There’s no doubting Ray Charles became a legend only after moving to Atlantic Records where, in the mid and late 1950s, he rung up a string of hits that redefined popular music and gave birth to R&B. Yet the label refused to shoehorn Charles into strictly sticking with vocal fare. Recognizing his jazz and blues roots, Atlantic both permitted and encouraged him to record instrumental sides with jazz combos and pursue piano-based material with which he was originally associated. Mastered from the original master tapes, and restored to a quality that hasn’t been realized since the initial pressings more than 50 years ago, Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD version of The Genius After Hours takes its place as one of the most unsurpassed-sounding examples of Charles’ first love affair: jazz and blues. Opening up the veil onto these early 1960s sessions, the collector’s disc functions as a tableside-seat at a smoky jazz club where, for sheer fun and amusement, Charles gathers with a handful of cohorts and lets loose with hard-bop standards and swinging rhythms. The cavity of Charles’ instrument, acoustic signatures of the stand-up bass lines, and swish of the percussion are all presented with unfettered realism. Refreshingly easygoing and naturally soulful, Charles plays in time with his mates, cozying up to the ivories whether responding to Newman’s brassy currents or reacting to the be-bop sway on 'Joy Ride'. Slightly removed from the gospel trademarks of his more commercial fare, Charles burrows into the blues, engaging in back-and-forth dialog with the brushed drums on 'Dawn Ray' and laying down countermelodies on arrangements in the septet setting. Close your eyes, and you’re feet away from Ray and the boys at an intimate 3 A.M. gathering in a small club in New York’s Greenwich Village!
August 20 street date. The first-ever commercial release of a one-of-a-kind concert experience from Dave Mustaine's powerhouse metal outfit, captured as never before in an intimate, acoustic performance. Recorded in 2001 and only available in very limited quanitites, this album has been a Megadeth collector's holy grail with totally unique versions of many of their classics.