Classics 5134 1953-1954 spotlights Ray Charles earliest sessions for Atlantic Records. Recorded in New York, New Orleans, and Atlanta between May 1953 and November 1954, Charles is heard in three different settings: solo, fronting a small combo with a horn section, and with a full orchestra. It was at this point in his career that Ray Charles hooked up with Atlantic moguls Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and recorded the passionate, gospel-inspired material that gained him worldwide recognition, brought to fruition by the hit "I've Got a Woman." This is another enjoyable installment of Classics Blues & Rhythm Series recommended to both collectors and casual fans alike.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell