Ray Charles Anthology

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Ray Charles Anthology
Greatest hits album by Ray Charles
Released 1988
Recorded 1960-1972
Genre R&B, Soul, Jazz, piano blues
Length 67:25
Label Rhino
Producer Ray Charles, Steve Hoffman, Richard Foos
Ray Charles chronology
Just Between Us
Ray Charles Anthology
Would You Believe?
Posthumous cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (link) 4.5/5 stars

Ray Charles Anthology is the first compact disc to collect many of soul music icon Ray Charles' ABC-Paramount-era recordings. Allmusic considers it to be "the best single CD collection of Ray Charles' '60s and '70s ABC-Paramount material",[1] while Rhino Records, the issuing label, refers to it in the liner notes as "the compact disc edition of Ray Charles' Greatest Hits", alluding to the ABC-Paramount LP of the same name. It is one of the first CDs to be released by Rhino.

Charles, who retained the master rights (currently controlled by his estate since his June 2004 passing) to his ABC-Paramount recordings, supervised a remixing of the 20 songs on thls compilation especially for this recording with mastering engineer Steve Hoffman, while Rhino chairman Richard Foos helped select and sequence the tracks for the CD.

While the CD is culled entirely from Charles' ABC-Paramount recordings, his Atlantic Records period is represented by three live recordings of "What'd I Say", "I Got a Woman", and "Hallelujah I Love Her So" from the 1965 concert recording Ray Charles Live In Concert.

The album was repackaged with a new cover after Charles' death.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hit the Road Jack" (Percy Mayfield)
  2. "Georgia on My Mind" (Stuart Gorrell/Hoagy Carmichael)
  3. "Let's Go Get Stoned" (Nick Ashford/Valerie Simpson/Jo Armstead)
  4. "I Don't Need No Doctor" (Nick Ashford/Valerie Simpson/Jo Armstead)
  5. "Hallelujah I Love Her So" (1965 live version) (Ray Charles)
  6. "One Mint Julep" (Rudy Toombs)
  7. "That Lucky Old Sun" (Haven Gillespie/Harry Beasley Smith)
  8. "Unchain My Heart" (Teddy Powell/Bobby Sharp)
  9. "Don't Set Me Free" (Teddy Powell)
  10. "I Can't Stop Loving You" (Don Gibson)
  11. "Busted" (Harlan Howard)
  12. "Crying Time" (Buck Owens)
  13. "Cry" (Churchill Kohlman)
  14. "What'd I Say" (1965 live version) (Ray Charles)
  15. "Here We Go Again" (Don Lanier/Red Steagall)
  16. "I Got a Woman" (1965 live version) (Ray Charles)
  17. "Eleanor Rigby" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  18. "You Are My Sunshine" (Jimmie Davis/Charles Mitchell)
  19. "Born to Lose" (Ted Daffan)
  20. "America the Beautiful" (Katharine Lee Bates/Samuel Ward)