Ray Charles

Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:11
2 4:17
3 2:12
4 3:18
5 3:15
6 2:59
7 3:35
8 2:56
9 2:49
10 3:35
11 2:11
12 4:25
13 5:34
14 3:21
15 6:20
16 6:34
17 2:24
18 2:58
19 3:02
20 2:31
21 2:40
22 2:32
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