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In the year of his 90th birthday (which he would have celebrated on the 23rd of September 2020 had he not died in 2004), Ray Charles is honoured with a new 90-track compilation box set. Just another compilation like all the rest? Yes and no. Ray Charles is undoubtedly one of the most-compiled artists in the history of music. Published by Tangerine, the label that the musician set up at the end of the 50s to keep the rights to his songs, this box set starts out like all the others: with the post-Atlantic hits, Georgia On My Mind, Hit The Road Jack, One Mint Julep, Busted... These are timeless treasures of proto-soul, but there doesn't seem to be much novelty here. The rest is much more interesting, and much rarer: tracks recorded between the second half of the 1960s and the 2000s, many of which were only released on vinyl, never reissued on CD and until now unavailable on digital. This is the first time that Ray Charles' lesser-known years have been given the compilation treatment in this way, and it is a revelation. In the 90s and 2000s, the production of his songs had a synthetic feel, and they did not age too well. These rarer songs are often hidden gems of southern soul, flavoured with country and wrapped in sumptuous symphonic orchestrations. Whether he is singing the Muppets (It's Ain't Easy Being Green) or Gershwin (Summertime, a duet with Cleo Laine), Ray Charles is always deeply moving. Now, the dream is to hear reissues of all these albums in their entirety. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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1
Georgia on My Mind
00:03:39

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Ralph Burns, Arranger - HOAGY CARMICHAEL, Composer - Stuart Gorrell, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

2
Them That Got
00:02:49

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Ricci Harper, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

3
Ruby
00:03:54

Heinz Roemheld, Composer - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - MARTY PAICH, Arranger - Mitchell Parish, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

4
Hardhearted Hannah
00:03:17

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Milton Ager, Composer - Jack Yellen, Composer - Bob Bigelow, Composer - Charles Bates, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

5
One Mint Julep
00:03:06

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Quincy Jones, Arranger - Rudy Toombs, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

6
I've Got News for You
00:04:32

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Ralph Burns, Arranger - ROY ALFRED, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

7
I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
00:03:44

Roy Jordan, Composer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Quincy Jones, Arranger - Casey Bill Weldon, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

8
Hit the Road Jack
00:01:59

Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - Percy Mayfield, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

9
Unchain My Heart
00:02:51

Bobby Sharp, Composer - Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - Teddy Powell, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

10
Baby, It's Cold Outside
00:04:10

Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - MARTY PAICH, Conductor - FRANK LOESSER, Composer - Betty Carter, LeadVocals

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

11
Hide Nor Hair
00:03:11

Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - Percy Mayfield, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

12
I Can't Stop Loving You
00:04:15

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Don Gibson, Composer - MARTY PAICH, Conductor

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

13
You Don't Know Me
00:03:16

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - MARTY PAICH, Conductor - Cindy Walker, Composer - Eddy Arnold, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

14
You Are My Sunshine
00:02:59

Charles Mitchell, Composer - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Gerald Wilson, Conductor, Arranger - Jimmie Davis, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

15
Take These Chains from My Heart
00:02:56

Hy Heath, Composer - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - MARTY PAICH, Conductor, Arranger - FRED ROSE, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

16
No One
00:03:10

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Doc Pomus, Composer - Mort Shuman, Composer - Gerald Wilson, Conductor, Arranger

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

17
Busted
00:02:36

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Harlan Howard, Composer - Benny Carter, Arranger

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

18
That Lucky Old Sun
00:04:23

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - MARTY PAICH, Arranger - Haven Gillespie, Composer - Beasley Smith, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

19
Baby, Don't You Cry
00:02:34

Calvin Johnson, Arranger - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Ned Washington, Composer - Buddy Johnson, Composer - The New Singova Rhythm, Contributor

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

20
Smack Dab in the Middle
00:03:18

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Benny Carter, Arranger - Charles E. Calhoun, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

21
My Heart Cries for You
00:02:49

Calvin Johnson, Producer - Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Carl Sigman, Composer - Percy Faith, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

22
Cry
00:03:34

Churchill Kohlman, Composer - Sid Feller, Producer, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

DISC 2

1
Makin' Woopie (Live)
00:06:13

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - Walter Donaldson, Composer - Gus Kahn, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

2
Hallelujah I Love Her So (Live)
00:02:59

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

3
I've Got A Woman (Live)
00:06:11

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist - Renald Richard, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

4
What'd I Say (Live)
00:04:32

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

5
I'm a Fool to Care
00:03:18

Ted Daffan, Composer - Sid Feller, Producer, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

6
The Cincinnati Kid
00:02:24

Dorcas Cochran, Composer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Lalo Schifrin, Composer - Lalo Shifrin, Arranger

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

7
Crying Time
00:02:55

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Buck Owens, Composer - Joe Adams, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

8
Together Again
00:02:40

Sid Feller, Producer, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Buck Owens, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

9
Let's Go Get Stoned
00:02:57

Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - NICKOLAS ASHFORD, Composer - Valerie Simpson, Composer - Joe Adams, Producer - JOSEPHINE ARMSTEAD, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

10
Please Say You're Fooling
00:02:43

Ray Charles, MainArtist - TRC, Producer - Bobby Stevens, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

11
I Don't Need No Doctor
00:02:33

Ray Charles, MainArtist - NICKOLAS ASHFORD, Composer - Valerie Simpson, Composer - TRC, Producer - JOSEPHINE ARMSTEAD, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

12
Here We Go Again
00:03:16

Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - TRC, Producer - Don Lanier, Composer - Red Steagall, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

13
Somebody Ought to Write a Book About It
00:03:07

Jimmy Holiday, Composer - Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Jimmy Lewis, Composer - TRC, Producer - Cliff Chambers, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

14
In the Heat of the Night
00:02:35

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Quincy Jones, Composer, Arranger - Marilyn Bergman, Composer - Alan Bergman, Composer - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

15
Yesterday
00:02:50

Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

16
Sweet Young Thing Like You
00:02:17

Ray Charles, MainArtist - TRC, Producer - Dee Erwin, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

17
Eleanor Rigby
00:03:00

Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

18
If It Wasn't for Bad Luck
00:04:45

Ray Charles, Composer, MainArtist - Jimmy Lewis, Composer, Arranger - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

19
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
00:04:52

Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Composer - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

20
Let Me Love You
00:02:48

Jimmy Holiday, Composer - Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

21
I'm Satisfied
00:02:30

Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - NICKOLAS ASHFORD, Composer - Valerie Simpson, Composer - TRC, Producer - JOSEPHINE ARMSTEAD, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

DISC 3

1
We Can Make It
00:03:42

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Jimmy Lewis, Composer, Arranger - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

2
Laughin and Clownin
00:03:23

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Sam Cooke, Composer - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

3
If You Were Mine
00:03:51

Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Jimmy Lewis, Composer - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

4
Booty Butt
00:04:14

Ray Charles, Composer, MainArtist - TRC, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

5
Feel so Bad
00:03:16

James Johnson, Composer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Joe Adams, Producer - TRC, Conductor, Arranger - Leslie Temple, Composer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

6
Your Love Is so Doggone Good
00:03:03

Ray Charles, MainArtist - TRC, Producer - Rudy Love, Composer - Dee Erwin, Composer - Roger Neuman, Conductor, Arranger

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

7
Something
00:04:04

Sid Feller, Conductor, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - GEORGE HARRISON, Composer - Joe Adams, Producer

2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation 2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

Album Description

In the year of his 90th birthday (which he would have celebrated on the 23rd of September 2020 had he not died in 2004), Ray Charles is honoured with a new 90-track compilation box set. Just another compilation like all the rest? Yes and no. Ray Charles is undoubtedly one of the most-compiled artists in the history of music. Published by Tangerine, the label that the musician set up at the end of the 50s to keep the rights to his songs, this box set starts out like all the others: with the post-Atlantic hits, Georgia On My Mind, Hit The Road Jack, One Mint Julep, Busted... These are timeless treasures of proto-soul, but there doesn't seem to be much novelty here. The rest is much more interesting, and much rarer: tracks recorded between the second half of the 1960s and the 2000s, many of which were only released on vinyl, never reissued on CD and until now unavailable on digital. This is the first time that Ray Charles' lesser-known years have been given the compilation treatment in this way, and it is a revelation. In the 90s and 2000s, the production of his songs had a synthetic feel, and they did not age too well. These rarer songs are often hidden gems of southern soul, flavoured with country and wrapped in sumptuous symphonic orchestrations. Whether he is singing the Muppets (It's Ain't Easy Being Green) or Gershwin (Summertime, a duet with Cleo Laine), Ray Charles is always deeply moving. Now, the dream is to hear reissues of all these albums in their entirety. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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