Tracklist

CD 1: 1952–1954
# Title Rating Length
1 The Sun’s Gonna Shine Again
2:39
2 Roll With My Baby
2:37
3 The Midnight Hour
4 3:01
4 Jumpin’ in the Morning
2:47
5 It Should Have Been Me
2:45
6 Losing Hand
3:13
7 Heartbreaker
2:53
8 Sinner’s Prayer
4 3:24
9 Mess Around
2:41
10 Funny, but I Still Love You
3:15
11 Feelin’ Sad
2:50
12 I Wonder Who
2:49
13 Don’t You Know
2:57
14 Nobody Cares
2:40
15 Ray’s Blues
2:56
16 Mr. Charles’ Blues
2:48
17 Blackjack
2:18
CD 2: 1954–1957
# Title Rating Length
1 I Got a Woman
2:50
2 Greenbacks
2:51
3 Come Back, Baby
3:06
4 A Fool for You
3:02
5 This Little Girl of Mine
4 2:32
6 Hard Times
4 2:56
7 A Bit of Soul
4 2:20
8 Mary Ann
2:47
9 Drown in My Own Tears
4 3:21
10 Hallelujah, I Love Her So
2:36
11 What Would I Do Without You
2:37
12 Lonely Avenue
2:36
13 I Want to Know
2:25
14 Leave My Woman Alone
2:41
15 It’s Alright
2:17
16 Ain’t That Love
2:53
17 Get on the Right Track
2:20
18 Rockhouse, Parts 1 & 2
3:52
CD 3: 1957–1959
# Title Rating Length
1 Swanee River Rock
2:21
2 That’s Enough
2:45
3 Talkin’ About You
2:50
4 What Kind of Man Are You
2:50
5 I Want a Little Girl
2:56
6 Yes, Indeed
2:16
7 I Had a Dream
2:55
8 You Be My Baby
2:30
9 Tell All the World About You
2:03
10 My Bonnie
4 2:47
11 Early in the Morning
2:47
12 The Right Time
5 3:29
13 Carryin’ the Load
2:25
14 Tell Me, How Do You Feel
2:43
15 What’d I Say, Parts 1 & 2
3.5 6:29
16 Tell the Truth
3:05
17 I’m Movin’ On
2:21
18 I Believe to My Soul
2:59

Credits

CD 1: 1952–1954

recorded in:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States (1954-11-18) (track 17)
trumpet:
Jesse Drakes (1953-05-17) (track 9)
Joe Bridgewater (1954-11-18) (track 17)
Charles Whitley (1954-11-18) (track 17)
drums:
Connie Kay (1953-05-17) (track 9)
Glenn Brooks (1954-11-18) (track 17)
guitar:
Wesley Jackson (US R&B guitarist) (1954-11-18) (track 17)
bass:
Lloyd Trotman (1953-05-17) (track 9)
Jimmy Bell (jazz bassist) (1954-11-18) (track 17)
piano:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1953-05-17) (track 9)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1954-11-18) (track 17)
baritone saxophone:
David Newman (1954-11-18) (track 17)
baritone saxophone [baritone sax]:
Dave McRae (1953-05-17) (track 9)
tenor saxophone:
Don Wilkerson (1954-11-18) (track 17)
tenor saxophone [tenor sax]:
Sam "The Man" Taylor (US tenor saxophonist) (1953-05-17) (track 9)
arranger:
Jesse Stone (track 9)
composer:
Sam Sweet (track 3)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (tracks 4, 12–16)
Guitar Slim (tracks 11, 11)
lyricist:
Sam Sweet (track 3)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (tracks 4, 12–16)
Guitar Slim (tracks 11, 11)
producer:
Herb Abramson (track 9)
Ahmet Ertegun (tracks 3, 9, 11–12, 14–16)
Jerry Wexler (tracks 3, 11–12, 14–16)
vocals:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1953-05-17) (track 9)
Renald Richard (1953-05-17) (track 9)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1954-11-18) (track 17)
writer:
Ahmet Ertegun (track 9)
publisher:
recorded at:
Atlantic Studios (1841 Broadway, New York, 1957-1991) in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York, United States (1953-05-17) (track 9)
cover recording of:
Feelin’ Sad (track 11)
The Midnight Hour (track 3)
recording of:
Don’t You Know (track 13)
Feelin’ Sad (track 11)
I Wonder Who (track 12)
Nobody Cares (track 14)
Ray’s Blues (track 15)
Mess Around (1953-05-17) (track 9)

CD 2: 1954–1957

recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (1956-05-16) (track 14)
New York, New York, United States (1957-11-27) (track 18)
trumpet:
Joe Bridgewater (1954-11-18) (tracks 1–2)
Charles "Clanky" Whitley (1954-11-18) (tracks 1–2)
Joe Bridgewater (1955-11-30) (tracks 9–10)
Joshua "Jack" Willis (1955-11-30) (tracks 9–10)
Joe Bridgewater (1956-05-16) (tracks 12, 14)
John Hunt (trumpet) (1956-05-16) (tracks 12, 14)
Joe Bridgewater (1956-11-26) (track 16)
John Hunt (trumpet) (1956-11-26) (track 16)
Joe Bridgewater (1957-11-27) (track 18)
John Hunt (1957-11-27) (track 18)
drums:
Glenn Brooks (1954-11-18) (tracks 1–2)
David "Panama" Francis (1955-11-30) (tracks 9–10)
William Peeples (1956-05-16) (tracks 12, 14)
William Peeples (1956-11-26) (track 16)
William Peeples (1957-11-27) (track 18)
tambourine:
Jerry Wexler (1956-11-26) (track 16)
guitar:
Wesley Jackson (US R&B guitarist) (1954-11-18) (tracks 1–2)
bass:
Jimmy Bell (jazz bassist) (1954-11-18) (tracks 1–2)
Paul West (bass) (1955-11-30) (tracks 9–10)
Roosevelt Sheffield (1956-05-16) (tracks 12, 14)
Roosevelt "Whiskey" Sheffield (1956-11-26) (track 16)
Roosevelt Sheffield (1957-11-27) (track 18)
keyboard:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1957-11-27) (track 18)
saxophone:
David Newman (1956-05-16) (track 14)
piano:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1954-11-18) (tracks 1–2)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1955-11-30) (tracks 9–10)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1956-05-16) (tracks 12, 14)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1956-11-26) (track 16)
baritone saxophone:
David “Fathead” Newman (1954-11-18) (track 1)
Emmett Dennis (1956-05-16) (track 14)
Emmott Dennis (1957-11-27) (track 18)
baritone saxophone [baritone sax]:
Cecil Payne (1955-11-30) (tracks 9–10)
Emmett Dennis (1956-05-16) (track 12)
Emmott Dennis (1956-11-26) (track 16)
tenor saxophone [tenor sax]:
Donald Wilkerson (1954-11-18) (track 2)
Donald Wilkerson (1955-11-30) (track 9)
David “Fathead” Newman (1956-11-26) (track 16)
arranger:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (tracks 1–2, 6, 8–10, 12, 16)
background vocals:
The Cookies (50s girl group) (1956-05-16) (track 12)
The Raelettes (1956-11-26) (track 16)
composer:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (tracks 4–5, 8, 10, 14, 16)
Henry Glover (track 9)
Doc Pomus (track 12)
lyricist:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (tracks 4–5, 10, 14, 16)
Henry Glover (track 9)
Doc Pomus (track 12)
performer:
The Cookies (50s girl group) (1956-05-16) (track 14)
producer:
Ahmet Ertegun (tracks 1–2, 9–10, 12, 16)
Jerry Wexler (tracks 1–2, 9–10, 12, 16)
solo baritone saxophone [baritone sax]:
David “Fathead” Newman (1954-11-18) (track 2)
solo tenor saxophone:
Donald Wilkerson (1954-11-18) (track 1)
solo tenor saxophone [tenor sax]:
Donald Wilkerson (1955-11-30) (track 10)
David Newman (1956-05-16) (track 12)
vocals:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1954-11-18) (tracks 1–2)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1955-11-30) (tracks 9–10)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1956-05-16) (tracks 12, 14)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1956-11-26) (track 16)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1957-11-27) (track 18)
writer:
Renald Richard (track 1)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 1)
publisher:
Hill & Range (track 10)
recorded at:
Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1955-11-30) (tracks 9–10)
Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1956-05-16) (track 12)
cover recording of:
Drown in My Own Tears (1955-11-30) (track 9)
later translated versions:
Bas les pattes ! (track 14)
later versions:
Qui l'a rendu fou (track 12)
recording of:
A Fool for You (track 4)
Mary Ann (track 8)
I Got a Woman (1954-11-18) (track 1)
Hallelujah, I Love Her So (1955-11-30) (track 10)
Leave My Woman Alone (1956-05-16) (track 14)
Lonely Avenue (1956-05-16) (track 12)
Ain’t That Love (1956-11-26) (track 16)

CD 3: 1957–1959

recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (1957-05-26) (track 2)
New York, New York, United States (1957-05-28) (track 3)
New York, New York, United States (1958-02-20) (track 10)
trumpet:
Joe Bridgewater (1957-05-26) (track 2)
Ricky Harper (trumpet) (1957-05-26) (track 2)
Joe Bridgewater (1957-05-28) (track 3)
Ricky Harper (trumpet) (1957-05-28) (track 3)
Marcus Belgrave (1958-02-20) (track 10)
Lee Harper (1958-02-20) (track 10)
Marcus Belgrave (1958-10-28) (track 12)
Lee "Ricky" Harper" (trumpet) (1958-10-28) (track 12)
Marcus Belgrave (1959-02-18) (track 15)
drums:
William Peeples (1957-05-26) (track 2)
William Peeples (1957-05-28) (track 3)
Richie Goldberg (1958-02-20) (track 10)
Milt Turner (1958-10-28) (track 12)
Milt Turner (1959-02-18) (track 15)
bass:
Edgar Willis (bass) (1957-05-26) (track 2)
Edgar Willis (bass) (1957-05-28) (track 3)
Edgar Willis (bass) (1958-02-20) (track 10)
Edgar Willis (bass) (1958-10-28) (track 12)
Edgar Willis (bass) (1959-02-18) (track 15)
electric piano:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1958-10-28) (track 12)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1959-02-18) (track 15)
keyboard:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1957-05-26) (track 2)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1958-02-20) (track 10)
saxophone:
David “Fathead” Newman (1957-05-26) (track 2)
David Newman (1957-05-28) (track 3)
David “Fathead” Newman (1958-02-20) (track 10)
piano:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1957-05-28) (track 3)
baritone saxophone:
Emmott Dennis (1957-05-26) (track 2)
Emmett Dennis (1957-05-28) (track 3)
Emmott Dennis (1958-02-20) (track 10)
baritone saxophone [baritone sax]:
Bennie "Hank" Crawford (1958-10-28) (track 12)
Bennie "Hank" Crawford (1959-02-18) (track 15)
tenor saxophone [tenor sax]:
David “Fathead” Newman (1959-02-18) (track 15)
arranger:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (tracks 12, 15)
background vocals:
The Raelettes (1958-10-28) (track 12)
The Raelettes (1959-02-18) (track 15)
composer:
Lew Herman (track 12)
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (track 1)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (tracks 2–3, 15–16, 18)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (track 10)
lyricist:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (tracks 2–3, 15–16, 18)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (track 10)
producer:
Ahmet Ertegun (tracks 11–12, 15, 18)
Jerry Wexler (tracks 11–12, 15, 18)
publisher:
Charles E. Pratt (1881) (track 10)
solo alto saxophone [alto sax]:
David “Fathead” Newman (1958-10-28) (track 12)
vocals:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1957-05-26) (track 2)
Mary Ann Fisher (1957-05-26) (track 2)
The Raelettes (1957-05-26) (track 2)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1957-05-28) (track 3)
Mary Ann Fisher (1957-05-28) (track 3)
The Raelettes (1957-05-28) (track 3)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1958-02-20) (track 10)
The Raelettes (1958-02-20) (track 10)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1958-10-28) (track 12)
Margie Hendrix (1958-10-28) (track 12)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1959-02-18) (track 15)
writer:
Dallas Bartley (track 11)
Leo Hickman (track 11)
Louis Jordan (American jazz, blues and rhythm & blues musician and songwriter) (track 11)
publisher:
Mijac Music (track 15)
Progressive Music (track 15)
recorded at:
Atlantic Studios (1841 Broadway, New York, 1957-1991) in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York, United States (1958-10-28) (track 12)
part of:
cover recording of:
Swanee River Rock (track 1)
Night Time Is the Right Time (1958-10-28) (track 12)
is the basis for:
My Bonny (track 10)
later translated versions:
later versions:
Personne au monde (track 3)
recording of:
Tell the Truth (track 16)
That's Enough (1957-05-26) (track 2)
Talkin’ ’bout You (1957-05-28) (track 3)
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (1958-02-20) (track 10)
What’d I Say (1959-02-18) (track 15)

Release Group

part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 54)
Wikidata: Q722775 [info]
Wikipedia: en: The Birth of Soul [info]