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The Birth of Soul, Vols. 1-3: 1957-1959

Ray Charles

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#54 on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Where it's at. This is the place to start if you're new to Ray Charles. It also has both parts 1 and 2 of "What'd I Say", an essential song for any serious music collection. It boggles my mind that Ray's greatest album, by common consensus, is so far down the list of his most popular albums. The problem is that there's so many fake record labels on Ray's page making crappy, low quality, half-assed collections of his songs that don't even use the definitive recorded versions of his songs, but scraps and tidbits from whatever zillionth generation tapes they could find. This collection is by Atlantic Records, so it's the real thing, taken from the original master tapes of the original recordings. I wish someone would clean up this page and remove all the "albums" from these bogus labels trying to cash in on Ray's legacy.


Even though this is listed as Volume 3, i believe this is Volumes 1, 2 and 3 combined. THIS IS IT!!!!!


Born: September 23, 1930 in Albany, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis...
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