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Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1959
"Pure Genius - The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)" comes in a tasty 5" x 5" card box with 155 remastered tracks across 7 CDs . Disc 7 is a collectors dream - a whopping 36 unreleased tracks culled from 1953, 1958 and 1959 sessions - complete with dialogue in between some cuts. The individual cards are simply numbered 1 to 7 and are different colours with a basic track list on the rear - so a little dull if the truth were told. But the CD-sized booklet is amazing. Across 80-pages there's a forward by label founder Ahmet Ertegun, an essay on Brother Ray's beginnings and legacy by noted musicologist David Ritz (Pages 9 to 45) and the original liner notes for every LP issue for the period (Pages 46 to 60). It finishes with a fully annotated track list, separate LP and Single Discographies and the set's credits. Rhino's long-standing tape engineers and experts - Dan Hersch and Bill Inglot - remastered the tracks from the original masters to fabulous effect.

The 12 studio albums included are:
"Ray Charles" (1956), "The Great Ray Charles" (1957), "Soul Brothers" (with Milt Jackson, 1958), "Ray Charles At Newport" (1958), "Yes Indeed!" (1958), "What I Say" (1959), "The Genius Of Ray Charles" (1959), "Fathead/Ray Charles Presents David Newman" (1959), "Ray Charles In Person" (1960), "The Genius After Hours" (1961), "The Genius Sings The Blues" (1961) and "Soul Meeting" (again with Milt Jackson, 1962).

The 6 subsequent compilation albums are:
"The Great Hits Of Ray Charles Recorded On 8-Track Stereo" (1964), "The Ray Charles Story - Volumes 1 to 4" and "Ray Charles: A Life In Music - You Can't Fake The Feeling" (1982).

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