20 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

BwanaEast ,

ONLY ONE REVIEW???

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.

Shannon's other ,

Just amazing.

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.

Sleep Terror ,

Perfection.

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.

I miss the days when we had such high-caliber musicians like Ray Charles putting out new material.

This is absolutely ESSENTIAL listening. Buy it. NOW!

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