The Birth of Soul
Ray Charles

Label: Atlantic
Duration: 40:28
Genre: Soul, R&B

Though this is not the most recent Ray Charles box set collection, it may be the best. That's because it focuses on Ray's great growth in the 1950s, particularly his days with Atlantic Records. The set opens with Ray still in a Charles Brown, smooth-voice, mellow-piano mode, but in short order, he discovers his own identity. From the good time of "It Should Have Been Me" on disc one, though the orgiastic "What'd I Say, Parts 1 & 2" on disc three, the man they call "The Genius" rocks, rolls, raises the rafters, and sinks way down low with the blues. This box also features an excellent essay by the late music historian, Robert Palmer.--Robert Gordon

The Sun's Gonna Shine Again2:36
Roll With My Baby2:35
The Midnight Hour2:59
Jumpin' In The Morning2:44
It Should've Been Me
Losing Hand3:11
Sinner's Prayer3:21
Mess Around2:38
Funny But I Still Love You3:12
Feelin' Sad2:47
I Wonder Who2:47
Don't You Know
Nobody Cares2:37
Ray's Blues2:52
Mr. Charles' Blues
I Got A Woman2:55
Come Back Baby3:04
A Fool for You3:02
This Little Girl of Mine2:32
Hard Times2:55
A Bit Of Soul2:19
Mary Ann2:47
Drown in My Own Tears3:21
Hallelujah I Love Her So2:34
What Would I Do Without You2:37
Lonely Avenue2:36
I Want to Know2:25
Leave My Woman Alone2:40
It's Alright2:17
Ain't That Love2:52
Get On The Right Track2:20
Rockhouse Parts 1 & 23:51
Swanee River Rock2:18
That's Enough2:43
Talkin' About You2:49
What Kind Of Man Are You2:47
I Want a Little Girl
Yes Indeed2:14
I Had A Dream2:52
You Be My Baby2:28
Tell All The World About You2:01
My Bonnie2:44
Early in the Morning
The Right Time3:26
Carryin' The Load2:22
Tell Me How Do You Feel2:42
What'd I Say, Parts 1 & 26:26
Tell the Truth
I'm Movin' On2:20
I Believe To My Soul2:59
It Should Have Been Me2:42
Original Release: 1991-01-01
Arranged By: Jesse Stone
Producer: Ahmet Erteg√ľn, Herb Abramson, Jerry Wexler
UPC: 75678231025