Ray Charles

Confession Blues

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This three-disc compendium of Ray Charles' earliest sides is a portrait (and not a very good sounding one at that) of Charles as a blues singer and a Nat King Cole-like ballad singer (disc three in particular has the latter), before the gospel went into his performances. Charles was a fine performer early on, but this is not the same Ray Charles most listeners are aware of, and should be duly noted. Still, if you already have his greatest sides, a little digging here might be useful, and for the price, Confession Blues is somewhat satisfactory.

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