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Ray Charles 10/25/1990

Review

This is not a career retrospective per se, since it doesn't include any of Ray Charles' groundbreaking '50s R&B from his tenure at Atlantic Records. It is, however, an excellent greatest-hits collection covering his years at ABC-Paramount. As always, what's most impressive is the sheer stylistic breadth of Charles' music-making. Here you have, among other goodies, a Latin-tinged blues-rocker ("Unchain My Heart"), a reinvented Tin Pan Alley standard ("Georgia on My Mind"), and an unabashed country weeper ("I Can't Stop Loving You"). There's an early R&B tune written by the Motown team of Ashford & Simpson ("I Don't Need No Doctor"), a soulful cover of the Beatles at their most classically tinged ("Eleanor Rigby"), and finally an all-out gospel assault on "America the Beautiful." Amazingly, it all fits together in a seamless whole. Essential listening. ~ Rovi Staff
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hit the Road Jack Ray Charles 1:55
  3. 2 Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles 3:37
  4. 3 Let's Go Get Stoned Ray Charles 2:58
  5. 4 I Don't Need No Doctor Ray Charles 2:29
  6. 5 Hallelujah, I Love Her So Ray Charles 3:6
  7. 6 One Mint Julep Ray Charles 3:5
  8. 7 That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) Ray Charles 4:20
  9. 8 Unchain My Heart Ray Charles 2:52
  10. 9 Don't Set Me Free Ray Charles 2:35
  11. 10 I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles 4:11
  12. 11 Busted Ray Charles 2:5
  13. 12 Crying Time Ray Charles 2:55
  14. 13 Cry Ray Charles 3:29
  15. 14 What'd I Say Ray Charles 4:29
  16. 15 Here We Go Again Ray Charles 3:15
  17. 16 I Got a Woman Ray Charles 6:16
  18. 17 Eleanor Rigby Ray Charles 2:57
  19. 18 You Are My Sunshine Ray Charles 2:58
  20. 19 Born to Lose Ray Charles 3:13
  21. 20 America the Beautiful Ray Charles 3:35

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