Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)
Dinah Washington & Brook Benton 2:30
2 Reet Petite
Jackie Wilson 2:45
3 Sexy Ways
Hank Ballard and The Midnighters 2:32
4 Shout, Parts 1 & 2
The Isley Brothers 4:43
5 I Got a Woman
Ray Charles 2:51
6 Money (That’s What I Want)
Barrett Strong 2:40
7 The Monkey
Dave Bartholomew 2:31
8 My Baby Just Cares for Me
Nina Simone 3:39
9 I Only Have Eyes for You
The Flamingos 3:20
10 Spanish Harlem
Ben E. King 2:59
11 Please, Mr Postman
The Marvelettes 2:28
12 Further Up the Road
Bobby “Blue” Bland 3:00
13 Dedicated to the One I Love
The Shirelles 2:04
14 Ten Commandments of Love
Harvey & The Moonglows 3:43
15 Mess Around
Ray Charles 2:41
16 The Wallflower
Etta James 2:59
17 Annie Had a Baby
Hank Ballard and The Midnighters 2:43
18 A Lover’s Question
Clyde McPhatter 2:37
19 Let Them Talk
Little Willie John 2:38
20 Save the Last Dance for Me
The Drifters 2:34
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 What’d I Say, Parts 1 & 2
Ray Charles 5:08
2 Lonely Teardrops
Jackie Wilson 2:42
3 The Twist
Chubby Checker 2:37
4 Over You
Aaron Neville 2:21
5 This Magic Moment
The Drifters 2:34
6 Stay
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs 1:39
7 Need Your Love So Bad
Little Willie John 2:18
8 Parts 1 & 2
Aretha Franklin 6:17
9 He Will Break Your Heart
Jerry Butler 2:45
10 September in the Rain
Dinah Washington 2:11
11 Kiddio
Brook Benton 2:39
12 Sick and Tired
Fats Domino 2:36
13 Tossin’ and Turnin’
Bobby Lewis 2:22
14 Let’s, Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go
Hank Ballard and The Midnighters 2:27
15 Get a Job
The Silhouettes 2:48
16 Got a Job
The Miracles 2:43
17 Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 2:19
18 Met Him on a Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)
The Shirelles 2:16
19 Sixty Minute Man
The Dominoes 2:33
20 If I Can’t Have You
Etta & Harvey 2:54
CD 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Let the Good Times Roll
Shirley & Lee 2:17
2 Hallelujah, I Love Her So
Ray Charles 2:38
3 Oh, What a Night
The Dells 2:56
4 Honey Love
The Drifters 2:26
5 Think
The “5” Royales 2:38
6 She Made My Blood Run Cold
Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm 2:22
7 Part 1
Jessie Hill 2:19
8 Lottie Mo
Lee Dorsey 2:36
9 Gee, Whiz (Look at His Eyes)
Carla Thomas 2:22
10 All in My Mind
Maxine Brown 2:36
11 I Loves You, Porgy
Nina Simone 4:12
12 For Your Precious Love
Jerry Butler & The Impressions 2:46
13 Sincerely
The Moonglows 3:14
14 I’ll Take Care of You
Bobby “Blue” Bland 2:21
15 Walk Slow
Little Willie John 1:53
16 A Bit of Soul
Ray Charles 4 2:22
17 What Am I Living For?
Chuck Willis 2:29
18 The Things That I Used to Do
Guitar Slim 3:01
19 Drip, Drop
The Drifters 2:30
20 One Mint Julep
The Clovers 2:33

Credits

CD 1

recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (1957-12) (track 8)
electric bass guitar:
Clarence Moten (jazz bassist) (track 17)
trumpet:
Jesse Drakes (1953-05-17) (track 15)
Joe Bridgewater (1954-11-18) (track 5)
Charles "Clanky" Whitley (1954-11-18) (track 5)
drums:
Benny Benjamin (track 6)
Nooruddin Zafar (track 17)
Connie Kay (1953-05-17) (track 15)
Glenn Brooks (1954-11-18) (track 5)
Albert “Tootie” Heath (1957-12) (track 8)
Benny Benjamin (1961-04) (track 11)
Marvin Gaye (1961-04) (track 11)
tambourine:
Brian Holland (US motown producer & songwriter) (track 6)
guitar:
Arthur Porter (track 17)
Wesley Jackson (US R&B guitarist) (1954-11-18) (track 5)
bass:
Lloyd Trotman (1953-05-17) (track 15)
Jimmy Bell (jazz bassist) (1954-11-18) (track 5)
Jimmy Bond (1957-12) (track 8)
James Jamerson (1961-04) (track 11)
percussion:
Eddie "Bongo" Brown (1961-04) (track 11)
piano:
Florence Pleasant (track 17)
Barrett Strong (track 6)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1953-05-17) (track 15)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1954-11-18) (track 5)
Nina Simone (American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement) (1957-12) (track 8)
Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie (1961-04) (track 11)
baritone saxophone:
David “Fathead” Newman (1954-11-18) (track 5)
baritone saxophone [baritone sax]:
Dave McRae (1953-05-17) (track 15)
tenor saxophone:
Arnett Cobb (track 17)
tenor saxophone [tenor sax]:
Sam "The Man" Taylor (US tenor saxophonist) (1953-05-17) (track 15)
arranger:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 5)
Jesse Stone (track 15)
background vocals:
Henry Booth (track 17)
Charles Sutton (track 17)
Katherine Anderson (1961-04) (track 11)
Wyanetta "Juanita" Cowart (1961-04) (track 11)
Gladys Horton (1961-04) (track 11)
Wanda Young (1961-04) (track 11)
Georgeanna Tillman (1961-04) (track 11)
bass vocals:
Sonny Woods (track 17)
composer:
Walter Donaldson (track 8)
instruments:
The Funk Brothers (1961-04) (track 11)
lead vocals:
Hank Ballard (track 17)
Gladys Horton (1961-04) (track 11)
lyricist:
Gus Kahn (track 8)
producer:
Herb Abramson (track 15)
Ahmet Ertegun (tracks 5, 15)
Berry Gordy (track 6)
Jerry Wexler (track 5)
solo tenor saxophone:
Donald Wilkerson (1954-11-18) (track 5)
vocals:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1953-05-17) (track 15)
Renald Richard (1953-05-17) (track 15)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1954-11-18) (track 5)
Nina Simone (American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement) (1957-12) (track 8)
Brook Benton (1960) (track 1)
Dinah Washington (1960) (track 1)
writer:
Ralph Bass (track 13)
Robert Bateman (track 11)
Brook Benton (track 1)
Janie Bradford (track 6)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 5)
Georgia Dobbins (track 11)
Ahmet Ertegun (track 15)
William Garrett (track 11)
Henry Glover (track 17)
Berry Gordy (track 6)
Freddie Gorman (track 11)
Brian Holland (US motown producer & songwriter) (track 11)
Luchi de Jesus (track 1)
Lois Mann (track 17)
Clyde Otis (American songwriter and record producer) (track 1)
Lowman Pauling (track 13)
Renald Richard (track 5)
phonographic copyright by:
publisher:
Gus Kahn Music Co. (track 8)
Jobete Music Co., Inc. (tracks 6, 11)
Tobago Music Co. (track 8)
recorded at:
Atlantic Studios (1841 Broadway, New York, 1957-1991) in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York, United States (1953-05-17) (track 15)
Hitsville (Motown Records) in Detroit, Michigan, United States (1961-04) (track 11)
part of:
The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (as at 2016-06-10) (number: 288) (track 6)
cover recording of:
A Rockin' Good Way (track 1)
later translated parody versions:
Bo cartero (track 11)
later translated versions:
Gib mir Liebe (Money (That’s What I Want)) (track 6)
Hei postimies (track 11)
later versions:
Pas de chance (track 6)
recording of:
Mess Around (1953-05-17) (track 15)
Annie Had a Baby (1954-07-30) (track 17)
I Got a Woman (1954-11-18) (track 5)
My Baby Just Cares for Me (1957-12) (track 8)
Please Mr. Postman (1961-04) (track 11)

CD 3

trumpet:
Joe Bridgewater (1955-11-30) (track 2)
Joshua "Jack" Willis (1955-11-30) (track 2)
drums:
David "Panama" Francis (1955-11-30) (track 2)
bass:
Paul West (bass) (1955-11-30) (track 2)
piano:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1955-11-30) (track 2)
baritone saxophone [baritone sax]:
Cecil Payne (1955-11-30) (track 2)
arranger:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 2)
composer:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 2)
lyricist:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 2)
producer:
Ahmet Ertegun (track 2)
Jerry Wexler (track 2)
solo tenor saxophone [tenor sax]:
Donald Wilkerson (1955-11-30) (track 2)
vocals:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (1955-11-30) (track 2)
writer:
Arthur Brooks (track 12)
Richard Brooks (track 12)
Jerry Butler (soul singer) (track 12)
publisher:
Hill & Range (track 2)
Sunflower Music Inc (publisher) (track 12)
Gladstone Music (1958 – ????) (track 12)
recorded at:
Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1955-11-30) (track 2)
recording of:
Hallelujah, I Love Her So (1955-11-30) (track 2)