Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company - Audiophile Jazz Soul Blues 180 Grm 2LP

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Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company

Label: Pure Audiophile Records, Ltd.
Cat#: PA-009
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, 180 Gram
has pic inner sleeve
Duets With Other Artists
Half-Speed Mastering by Stan Ricker At S.R.M
plating & Pressing by R.T.I
Source: Original Analog 2 Track Master Tapes
HQ-180g Virgin Vinyl
Limited Edition Numbered Sets
3 Tracks Per Side
4-page Inner Sleeve with Credits, Quotes and Comments
Country: US
Released: 2004
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style: Rhythm & Blues


A1 Ray Charles - Norah Jones - Here We Go Again 3:59
A2 Ray Charles - James Taylor - Sweet Potato Pie 3:47
A3 Ray Charles - Diana Krall - You Don't Know Me 3:54

B1 Ray Charles - Elton John - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 3:58
B2 Ray Charles - Natalie Cole - Fever 3:30
B3 Ray Charles - Bonnie Raitt - Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? 4:34

C1 Ray Charles - Willie Nelson - It Was A Very Good Year 4:49
C2 Ray Charles - Michael McDonald - Hey Girl 5:15
C3 Ray Charles - B.B. King - Sinner's Prayer 4:24

D1 Ray Charles - Gladys Knight - Heaven Help Us All 4:32
D2 Ray Charles - Johnny Mathis - Over The Rainbow 4:54
D3 Ray Charles - Van Morrison - Crazy Love 3:34

Licensed From – Concord Records

Pure Audiophile Records, Ltd. is printed on the spine, back cover and each record label. Issued under the exclusive license to Concord Records is printed on both the back cover as well as each record label. Manufactured and Distributed by Pure Audiophile Records, Ltd. is printed on the back cover.

I've recorded with so many amazing artists in my career but never on a duets album of my own. I thought it was time to have some of the friends that I love & the artists that I admire come into my studio & sing with me live, the way we did it in the old days," explains Ray Charles on the genesis of Genius Loves Company. "All the guests brought their own magic to each song. That's what we wanted & that's exactly what we got." Ray's confidence is understandable.

Genius Loves Company stands as a remarkable hallmark in a remarkable career. In his brilliant debut for Concord Records, Ray sings a dozen duets with a dazzling array of guest artists from virtually every genre, who have won a combined 79 GRAMMYr Awards. "We cover it all," Ray adds, "from country to R&B, pop, rock & blues. I've never let them put me in a little box, & this LP expresses that open feeling. A beautiful song is a beautiful song-and to sing with so many beautiful singers is a blessing from God.

The fact that Genius Loves Company will be Ray Charles's final new album inspires an unavoidable blue feeling. But it's also a happy reminder that the man spent the last months of his life at work. The overall effect of these dozen duets is not only autumnal, but smooth; Brother Ray is on point and cruising here. Fine moments abound--you can hear his delight even in the rather stiff company of Diana Krall and Natalie Cole.

His voice sounds a bit frayed by ill health at times, but it also allows for great performances (the slyness behind the ache in his version of the old soul hit "Hey Girl" with Michael McDonald; a grand "Crazy Love" with Van Morrison). Potently, he and Gladys Knight also remind us of the continued timeliness of Stevie Wonder's "Heaven Help Us All." Its best moments make Company one more essential purchase for Ray Charles fans.

Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company

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Ray Charles & Michael McDonald - Hey Girl

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Ray Charles ft. Norah Jones - Here We Go Again

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Ray Charles & Elton John - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

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Ray Charles & Gladys Knight - Heaven Help Us All

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Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Label Pure Records
Color Black