The Best of Ray Charles

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The Best of Ray Charles
Greatest hits album by Ray Charles
Released 1970
Genre R&B, Jazz
Length 34:06
Label Atlantic

The Best of Ray Charles is a compilation album released in 1970 on the Atlantic Jazz label, featuring previously released instrumental (non-vocal) tracks recorded by Ray Charles between November 1956 and November 1958.

The instrumental, "Rockhouse" would later be covered, as "Ray's Rockhouse" (1985), by The Manhattan Transfer with lyrics by Jon Hendricks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hard Times" (Mitchell) – 4:39
  2. "Rockhouse" (Charles) – 3:50
  3. "Sweet Sixteen Blues" (Charles) – 4:04
  4. "Doodlin’" (Silver) – 5:49
  5. "How Long Blues" (Carr) – 9:15
  6. "Blues Waltz" (Charles) – 6:29

Personnel[edit]

"Hard Times"

"Rockhouse"

  • Tenor sax solo by David Newman
  • Other personnel not mentioned (possibly same as Track 4)
  • Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler

"Sweet Sixteen Blues"

"Doodlin’"

  • Ray Charles – piano
  • David Newman – tenor sax
  • Emmott Dennis – baritone sax
  • Joseph Bridgewater – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet
  • Roosevelt Sheffield - bass
  • William Peeples – drums
  • Trumpet solo by John Hunt
  • Arranger: Quincy Jones
  • Recorded on November 26, 1956
  • Recording engineers: Earle Brown and Tom Dowd
  • Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler

"How Long Blues"

"Blues Waltz"

  • Ray Charles – piano
  • Bennie Crawford – baritone sax
  • David Newman – tenor sax
  • Lee Harper – trumpet
  • Marcus Belgrave - trumpet
  • Edgar Willis – bass
  • Richie Goldberg – drums

Other credits[edit]

  • Sleevenotes: Ralph J. Gleason
  • Cover photo: Ray Ross
  • Cover design: Loring Eutemey

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[1] 200

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray Charles – The Best Of Ray Charles [2007"]. Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  • Atlantic Records 1543