Concord to Release Ray Charles ABC-Paramount Singles Collection

Set includes all 106 A- and B-sides Charles recorded for the label

Ray Charles
Ray Charles

Concord Records will release, on Nov. 15, Ray Charles’ Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles, making available for the first time in one set the artist’s collection of ABC-Paramount singles during the prolific period of 1960-72.

The digitally remastered 106-song collection presents the A- and B-sides of 53 singles, including 11 #1 hits, such Grammy Award winners as “Hit the Road Jack,” “Busted,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Crying Time,” “America the Beautiful” and many more.

Twenty-one of the songs are making their digital debut, and 30 have never previously been available on CD. Liner notes were written by R&B recording artist and music historian Billy Vera and rare photographs are included.

Charles signed with ABC-Paramount after several years with Atlantic Records, where he first found massive fame as an R&B artist. At ABC-Paramount Charles recorded outside of that genre, releasing albums of jazz, country, pop and other styles.

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