The Bottom Line
- Collects everything the Genius recorded while at Atlantic in one convenient place.
- Material remastered since the best-of Atlantic collection "Birth Of Soul."
- Accompanying live DVD and lavish packaging.
- Lush packaging features a record-player-style box and hardbound book.
- Chronological sequencing is a plus.
- The vast majority of this material has been released before.
- Ray Charles
- Box set
- Complete Atlantic recordings
- Book and bonus DVD
Guide Review - Ray Charles Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)
Spread over these seven CDs are Ray's studio sides, both live LPs (including the legendary "At Newport"), jazz songs cut with Ray as a sideman to Milt Jackson and David "Fathead" Newman, an entire CD of studio rehearsals and mostly unreleased cuts, stereo and mono mixes of "What'd I Say," and a bonus DVD with footage from his 1960 Newport concert and an interview of Atlantic head Ahmet Ertegun by "Ray" director Taylor Hackford. Packaged in a box that looks like a vintage record player and featuring a linen-bound accompanying hardcover book with liner notes by noted critic David Ritz, "Pure Genius" takes the longest, most loving look at Ray's development -- which means the birth of soul music itself.