Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection

Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection

by Ray Charles


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As the first comprehensive, multi-label box set assembled on Ray Charles, the five-disc, 102-song Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection is an extensive overview of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Charles produced a body of work so rich and diverse that even five CDs only scratches the surface of his accomplishments. None of his instrumentals are on Genius & Soul, nor are his jazz and traditional pop efforts spotlighted. Instead, the box traces the evolution of his career, as he moves from an R&B pioneer to a mainstream pop crooner to a country-pop vocalist to a contemporary soul singer. Charles was a gripping, captivating vocalist, capable of making even bland music sound vital, but the fact is, his '70s and '80s recordings pale in comparison to his seminal '50s and '60s sides. Which means that the set becomes less compelling as it reaches the fifth disc, but the first three and a half discs are filled with timeless music that remains exciting, vital and altogether wondrous.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1997
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227285920
catalogNumber: 72859


Disc 1

  1. Confession Blues
  2. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
  3. Kissa Me Baby
  4. It Should've Been Me
  5. Don't You Know
  6. Come Back Baby
  7. I Got a Woman
  8. A Fool for You
  9. This Little Girl of Mine
  10. Blackjack
  11. Greenbacks
  12. Drown in My Own Tears
  13. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  14. Lonely Avenue
  15. Leave My Woman Alone
  16. Ain't That Love
  17. Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River)
  18. My Bonnie
  19. Rock House, Pts. 1-2
  20. Night Time Is the Right Time
  21. What'd I Say, Pts. 1 & 2
  22. Tell the Truth
  23. I Believe to My Soul
  24. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

Disc 2

  1. Let the Good Times Roll
  2. Come Rain or Come Shine
  3. Tell the Truth
  4. Drown in My Own Tears
  5. I'm Movin' On
  6. My Baby! (I Love Her, Yes I Do)
  7. Sticks and Stones
  8. I Wonder
  9. Georgia on My Mind
  10. Them That Got
  11. Ruby
  12. Hard Hearted Hannah
  13. I've Got News for You
  14. One Mint Julep
  15. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  16. Hit the Road Jack
  17. Danger Zone
  18. Unchain My Heart
  19. But on the Other Hand Baby
  20. Baby, It's Cold Outside
  21. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  22. At the Club

Disc 3

  1. Hide nor Hair
  2. I Can't Stop Loving You
  3. Bye Bye Love
  4. Born to Lose
  5. You Don't Know Me
  6. You Are My Sunshine
  7. Your Cheatin' Heart
  8. Take These Chains from My Heart
  9. The Brightest Smile in Town
  10. Without Love (There Is Nothing)
  11. Busted
  12. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
  13. Ol' Man River
  14. Smack Dab in the Middle
  15. Makin' Whoopee
  16. Without a Song, Pts. 1 & 2
  17. The Cincinnati Kid
  18. Crying Time
  19. Let's Go Get Stoned
  20. I Chose to Sing the Blues
  21. Together Again
  22. I Don't Need No Doctor

Disc 4

  1. Eleanor Rigby
  2. Yesterday
  3. Understanding
  4. Driftin' Blues
  5. Here We Go Again
  6. In the Heat of the Night
  7. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
  8. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  9. If It Wasn't for Bad Luck
  10. We Can Make It
  11. Don't Change on Me
  12. Feel So Bad
  13. Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma
  14. Spirit in the Dark (Reprise)
  15. Booty-Butt
  16. I Can Make It Thru the Day (But Oh Those Lonely Nights)
  17. Rainy Night in Georgia
  18. America the Beautiful

Disc 5

  1. Living for the City
  2. Till There Was You
  3. Am I Blue
  4. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  5. The Jealous Kind
  6. Is There Anyone out There?
  7. Don't You Love Me Anymore
  8. One of These Days
  9. Seven Spanish Angels
  10. We Didn't See a Thing
  11. Two Old Cats Like Us
  12. Shake a Tail Feather
  13. I'll Be Good to You
  14. That's Where It's At
  15. A Song for You
  16. Still Crazy After All These Years

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
George Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Vocals,Track Performer
Blues Brothers   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
James Ingram   Background Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ
Lou Rawls   Vocals,Track Performer
Larry Williams   Synthesizer
Curtis Amy   Tenor Saxophone
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer   Trombone
Betty Carter   Vocals,Track Performer
James Clay   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
King Curtis   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Grey   Trombone
Jim Hall   Guitar
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones   Track Performer
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Steve Khan   Guitar
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Hubert Laws   Reeds
Mel Lewis   Drums
Melba Liston   Trombone
Tom "Bones" Malone   Tenor Saxophone
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Curtis Peagler   Alto Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Reeds
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Walrath   Trumpet
Bobby Watson   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Howard Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Lewis   Vocals,Track Performer
Oscar Moore   Guitar,Drums
Seldon Powell   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Herman Riley   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Chiz Harris   Drums
Clifford Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Don Wilkerson   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Gaines   Guitar
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Jimmy Bell   Bass
Pete Drake   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Preston Love   Alto Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Connie Kay   Drums
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
John Bryant   Drums
Cookies   Background Vocals,Group
A-Strings   Strings,Group
Porcino   Trumpet
Victor Arno   Violin
Dan Aykroyd   Vocals
Martin Banks   Trumpet
Robert Barene   Violin
Eluriel Tinker Barfield   Bass
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Warren Bell   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Harry Betts   Trombone
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Pete Bordonali   Gut String Guitar
Margaret Branch   Background Vocals
Joe Bridgewater   Trumpet
Glenn Brooks   Drums
Julius Brooks   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass
Brenda Bryant   Background Vocals
Edward Burke   Trombone
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Chaka Khan   Vocals,Track Performer
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Herman Clebanoff   Violin
Henry Coker   Trombone
Lou Collins   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Comfort   Bass
Bennie Hank Crawford   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Davis   Trombone
Emmett Dennis   Baritone Saxophone
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Jesse Drakes   Trumpet
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Murphy Dunne   Organ
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Jack Evans   Trumpet
Cecil Figelski   Viola
Teagle Fleming   Drums
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums
John Frosk   Trumpet
Steve Gadd   Drums
James Gadson   Drums
Eric Gale   Guitar
O'Neil Gerald   Alto Saxophone
James Getzoff   Violin
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Richie Goldberg   Drums
Philip Guilbeau   Trumpet
Jack Hale   Trombone
Willie Hall   Drums
Roy Haynes   Drums
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Margie Hendrix   Vocals
Sam Herman   Guitar
Wilbert G.T. Hogan   Drums
Roger Hopps   Trumpet
John Hunt   Trumpet
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Wesley Jackson   Guitar
George Johnson   Guitar
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Louis Johnson   Bass,Background Vocals
Carol Kaye   Bongos
Randy Kerber   Organ,Synthesizer
Lloyd Lambert   Bass
Steve Lindsey   Synthesizer
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Macey   Pedal Steel Guitar
Leonard Malarsky   Violin
Kenny Malone   Drums
Lou Marini   Alto Saxophone
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Harvey Mason   Drums
George Matthews   Trombone
Tony Matthews   Guitar
Bill McElhiney   Trumpet,Conductor
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Miller   Bass
Walter Miller   Trumpet
Frank Mitchell   Trumpet
Thomas Mitchell   Trombone
Pancho Morales   Conga
Dick Nash   Trombone
Ira Newborn   Conductor
David "Fathead" Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Bobby Ogdin   Keyboards
David Paich   Keyboards
Earl Palmer   Drums
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Chris Parker   Drums
Donald Peake   Guitar
William Peeples   Drums
Charlie Persip   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Keyboards
Bill Pittman   Guitar
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Benny Powell   Trombone
Rudy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Ian Prince   Keyboards
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Don Rader   Trumpet
Raelettes   Background Vocals,Group
Joe Randazzo   Trombone
Ron Reynolds   Percussion
Barry Rillera   Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Keyboards
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Billy Sanford   Gut String Guitar
Dale Sellers   Acoustic Guitar
Roosevelt Sheffield   Bass
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Paul Shure   Violin
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Maurice Simon   Tenor Saxophone
Denis Solee   Saxophone
Clifford Solomon   Alto Saxophone
Todd Sommer   Drums
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Maurice Spears   Trombone
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano
Toots Thielemans   Guitar
Diane Tidwell   Background Vocals
Joe Tillman   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Steve Turre   Trombone
Danny Turner   Alto Saxophone
Milt Turner   Drums
Kenneth Tussing   Trumpet
Ian Underwood   Synthesizer
Ernest Vantrease   Organ
Harold Vick   Tenor Saxophone
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Riley Webb   Trumpet
Frank Wess   Alto Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Jerry Wexler   Tambourine
Charles Whitley   Trumpet
Hank Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Edgar Willis   Bass
Joshua Willis   Trumpet
Robert Thomas Wray   Bass
Syreeta Wright   Background Vocals
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Harold "Geezil" Minerve   Alto Saxophone
Hershel Wigginton   Background Vocals
Wood   Keyboards
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Irving Carter   Drums
Joe DeFiore   Viola
Allan Haishman   Viola
Louis Kevman   Viola
Jose McElhiney   Trumpet
Joe Stepansky   Violin
Eddie Jones   Bass
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jack Halloran   Background Vocals
Earl Brown   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Fleming Askew   Trumpet
Virginia Majeivski   Viola
Frank "Naim Ahmad" McClure   Bass
Charles Waller   Baritone Saxophone
Renald Richard   Vocals
Andrew Ennis   Tenor Saxophone
Albert McQueen   Tenor Saxophone
Milton Garred   Bass
Bill King   Trumpet
Ernest Elly   Drums
Maxin Trio   Track Performer
Billy Moore   Drums
Percival "Sonny" Payne   Drums
Pat Smith   Background Vocals
Bob Caulson   Trombone
Harold Schneider   Cello
Paul E. West   Bass

Technical Credits

Lloyd Glenn   Producer
Percy Mayfield   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Dave Alvin   Liner Notes
Ray Charles   Arranger,Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Larry Williams   Programming
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn Arrangements
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Jimmy Lewis   Arranger
Onzy Matthews   Arranger
Cecil Gant   Composer
Bobby Wood   Contributor
Troy Seals   Composer
Herb Abramson   Producer
Joe Adams   Producer
James Austin   Liner Notes
Benny Carter   Arranger
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Ozzie Cadena   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Teddy Edwards   Arranger
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer,Liner Notes
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Sid Feller   Arranger,Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Harry Lookofsky   Director
Arif Mardin   Producer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Larry Muhoberac   Arranger
Roger Newman   Arranger
Richard Perry   Producer
Steve Porcaro   Programming
Zenas Sears   Producer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Jesse Stone   Arranger
Bruce Swedien   Contributor,Drum Sounds
Creed Taylor   Producer
Bob Tischler   Producer
Ian Underwood   Programming
Billy Vera   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer,Liner Notes
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Lew Herman   Composer
Teddy Powell   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Nan Schwartz   Arranger
TRC   Producer
Bobby Sharp   Composer
Ricci Harper   Composer

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