This edition of the Ultimate Legends series highlights Ray Charles' recordings from the early '50s, a few years before waxing his landmark R&B singles on the Atlantic label. These 16 songs offer a glimpse into the singer's earliest influences, specifically, the mellow voices of Charles Brown and Nat King Cole. Unfortunately, the sound quality fluctuates throughout the disc. The best way to experience this period of Ray Charles is to seek out the chronological sessions reissued on the French Classics label.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell