Ray Charles

Les Incontournables

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There are numerous Ray Charles compilations and anthologies tracing his extraordinary career. This 20-track compilation from the French Warner/Jazz Les Incontournables series focuses on Charles' crucial Atlantic sessions from the '50s. All the obvious indispensable hits are here: "What'd I Say," "Mess Around," "I Got a Woman," "The Right Time." However, if you're looking for a more thorough overview of this period, pick up the definitive three-CD box set from Rhino Atlantic, The Birth of Soul.