Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings

Ray Charles

02 July 2012
7 CD + 1 DVD
  1. CD:! The Sun's Gonna Shine Again
    • Roll With My Baby
      • The Midnight Hour
        • Jumpin\' In The Mornin\'
          • It Should\'ve Been Me
            • Losing Hand
              • Heartbreaker
                • Sinner\'s Prayer
                  • Mess Around
                    • Funny (But I Still Love You)
                      • Feelin\' Sad
                        • I Wonder Who
                          • Don\'t You Know
                            • Nobody Cares
                              • Ray\'s Blues
                                • I Got A Break Baby
                                  • Blackjack
                                    • I\'ve Got A Woman
                                      • Greenbacks
                                        • Come Back Baby
                                          • A Fool For You
                                            • This Little Girl Of Mine
                                              • Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
                                                • Blues Hangover
                                                  • Mary Ann
                                                    • Drown In My Own Tears
                                                      • Hallelujah I Love Her So
                                                        • What Would I Do Without You
                                                          • CD;2 Dawn Ray
                                                            • The Man I Love
                                                              • Music, Music, Music
                                                                • Black Coffee
                                                                  • Lonely Avenue
                                                                    • I Want To Know
                                                                      • Leave My Woman Alone
                                                                        • The Ray
                                                                          • I Surrender Dear
                                                                            • Hornful Soul
                                                                              • Ain\'t Misbehavin\'
                                                                                • Joy Ride
                                                                                  • Sweet Sixteen Bars
                                                                                    • Doodlin\'
                                                                                      • There\'s No You
                                                                                        • My Melancholy Baby
                                                                                          • It\'s All Right
                                                                                            • Ain\'t That Love
                                                                                              • Disc:3 Rockhouse Parts 1 & 2
                                                                                                • Get On The Right Track Baby
                                                                                                  • Swanee River Rock (Talkin\' \'Bout That River)
                                                                                                    • That\'s Enough
                                                                                                      • Talkin\' \'Bout You
                                                                                                        • What Kind Of Man Are You
                                                                                                          • I Want A Little Girl
                                                                                                            • How Long Blues - Milt Jackson & Ray Charles
                                                                                                              • Cosmic Ray - Milt Jackson & Ray Charles
                                                                                                                • The Genius After Hours
                                                                                                                  • Charlesville
                                                                                                                    • Bags Of Blues - Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
                                                                                                                      • Deed I Do - Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
                                                                                                                        • Blue Funk - Milt Jackson & Ray Charles
                                                                                                                          • Soul Brothers - Milt Jackson & Ray Charles
                                                                                                                            • CD 4: Bags\' Guitar Blues - Milt Jackson & Ray Charles
                                                                                                                              • Yes Indeed!
                                                                                                                                • I Had A Dream
                                                                                                                                  • You Be My Baby
                                                                                                                                    • Tell All The World About You
                                                                                                                                      • Soul Meeting - Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
                                                                                                                                        • Hallelujah I Love Her So - Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
                                                                                                                                          • Blue Genius - Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
                                                                                                                                            • X-Ray Blues - Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
                                                                                                                                              • Love On My Mind - Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
                                                                                                                                                • The Spirit-Feel (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                  • Blues Waltz (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                    • In A Little Spanish Town (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                      • Sherry (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                        • (Night Time) Is The Right Time (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                          • A Fool For You (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                            • Disc: 5 I\'ve Got A Woman (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                              • Talkin\' \'Bout You (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                                • Swanee River Rock (\'Talkin\' \'Bout That River) (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                                  • Yes Indeed! (Live, 1958)
                                                                                                                                                                    • Early In The Mornin\'
                                                                                                                                                                      • (Night Time Is) The Right Time
                                                                                                                                                                        • Carrying That Load (single version)
                                                                                                                                                                          • Carrying That Load (LP version)
                                                                                                                                                                            • Tell Me How You Feel
                                                                                                                                                                              • Fathead - David Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                • Tin Tin Deo - David Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bill For Bennie - David Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hard Times - David Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mean To Me - David Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sweet Eyes - David Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Weird Beard - David Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Willow Weep For Me - David Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                              • What\'d I Say Parts I & II (Mono LP Version)
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Disc 6: What\'d I Say Parts I & II (Stereo LP Version)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tell Me You\'ll Wait For Me
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Come Rain Or Come Shine
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Don\'t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin\'
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Just For A Thrill
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • You Won\'t Let Me Go
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Am I Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Spirit-Feel (Live, 1959)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Frenesi (Live, 1959)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tell The Truth (Live, 1959)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Drown In My Own Tears (Live, 1959)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • (Night Time Is) The Right Time (Live, 1959)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • What\'d I Say (Live, 1959)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Let The Good Times Roll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Alexander\'s Ragtime Band
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Deed I Do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Two Years Of Torture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • When Your Lover Has Gone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • It Had To Be You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • I\'m Movin\' On
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • I Believe To My Soul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Disc 7:Rehearsal Session With Ahmet Ertegun (1953)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Unknown Title*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Piano Improvisation And Dialogue #1*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Losing Hand And Dialogue # 1*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Little Rock Getaway And Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kentucky Waltz*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Heartbreaker (Instrumental Version)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Heartbreaker And Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Piano Improvisation And Dialogue #2*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Heartbreaker (False Starts 1-2)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Losing Hand And Dialogue #2*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Losing Hand And Dialogue #3 (W/ Reverb)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Losing Hand And Dialogue #4 (W/ Reverb)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Heartbreaker*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • It Should\'ve Been Me And Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Nobody Cares*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Piano Improvisation And Dialogue #3*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mess Around*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Funny (But I Still Love You)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sinner\'s Prayer*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Piano Improvisation And Dialogue #4*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Low Society And Dialogue #1*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boogie Woogie*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Low Society And Dialogue #2*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Worried Life Blues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Come Back Baby (Walter Davis Version) And Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Low Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Recording Session Outtakes (1958)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tell Me How You Feel (Take 1)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ray\'s Arrangement Suggestions For The Genius Of Ray Charles Album (1959)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • It Had To Be You And Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • My Buddy And Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • When Your Lover Has Gone And Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • I\'m Beginning To See The Light*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Let The Good Times Roll And Dialogue*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Disc 8 DVD:Ray Charles On Voice Of America, 1960 (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lil\' Darlin\'*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Blues Waltz*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Let The Good Times Roll*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Don\'t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin\'*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sticks And Stones*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • My Baby! (I Love Her Yes I Do)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Drown In My Own Tears*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What\'d I Say*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • I Believe To My Soul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • BONUS FEATURE Interview With Ahmet Ertegun * = Previously unreleased

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ray Charles is a music legend beyond compare. A ten-time Grammy-winning superstar who almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for soul music, Charles proved his mastery with countless jazz, country, R&B, and pop masterpieces, during a career that spanned seven decades. His remarkable life was celebrated in the 2004 biopic Ray - featuring Jamie Foxx's Oscar Winning performance as the artist - and now Ray Charles' musical genius is spotlighted in this comprehensive box of his seminal Atlantic Records era, 1952-59. As pre-eminent music writer David Ritz notes inside, "These are the historic years of his creative explosion, the time when he reinvented himself as a musical revolutionary. These records will live forever."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here 7 CDs totalling over 9 hours come beautifully packaged in a '50s-inspired record-player case and include:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A massive linen-bound liner notes book featuring an essay by Ahmet Ertegun (who also co-produced this boxed set), an in-depth historical overview by David Ritz, detailed recording session information, and an Atlantic album and singles discography).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tons of rare photos and the original liner notes for all of the artist's Atlantic LPs, including insightful writing by renowned music scribes Nat Hentoff, Bill Randle, Guy Remark, Billy Taylor, Leonard Feather, and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 1 highlights includes 'Mess Around', 'I've Got A Woman', 'Drown In My Own Tears', and 'Hallelujah I Love Her So'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 2 serves up 'Sweet Sixteen Bars', 'Leave My Woman Alone', 'Ain't That Love', and the full-length version of 'Doodlin''.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 3 opens with 'Rockhouse Parts 1 & 2', and also features 'Talkin' 'Bout You', 'How Long Blues', 'The Genius After Hours', 'Soul Brothers' with Milt Jackson, and many more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 4 highlights include 'Yes, Indeed!', 'My Bonnie', 'Love On My Mind', and a wealth of live tracks including 'A Fool For You', recorded at Newport in 1958.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 5 boasts more live genius including versions of 'I've Got A Woman', and 'Swanee River Rock', plus 8 cuts from Fathead Ray Charles Presents David Newman, featuring Ray accompanying the great saxophonist on piano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 6 mines the 8-track stereo motherlode with classics including 'What'd I Say, Parts I & II', The Genius Of Ray Charles with 'Come Rain Or Come Shine' and other tracks, more live gems including '(Night Time Is) The Right Time', from Ray Charles In Person, and his first recorded foray into country, 'I'm Movin' On'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 7 boasts 27 tracks - all but three previously unissued - from an historic 1953 rehearsal session with Ahmet Ertegun (referenced in the film Ray), never-heard outtakes from the 1958 '(Night Time Is) The Right Time' sessions; plus 7 more unreleased recordings captured in a hotel room on a tour in 1959.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 8 is a DVD featuring nine great performances from Ray Charles On Voice Of America, 1960 (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival, 1960), which also premieres new footage of Ray director Taylor Hackford interviewing Ahmet Ertegun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "All the Ray you'll ever need."  Echoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "One could go on if there was more space, but the reader should need no further recommendation."  Jazz Journal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "No excuse not to get this."  The Arts Desk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Charles fans - and let's hope there are still many of them - will marvel afresh at the body of outstanding work this genius created at Atlantic in the Fifites."  The Telegraph


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ray Charles - Drown In My Own Tears