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Format: CD
Sku: 61705749
UPC: 013431224822
UPC 14: 00013431224822
Release Date: 8/31/2004
Sales Rank: 3096
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Here We Go Again - (featuring Norah Jones) ~ Ray Charles
2. Sweet Potato Pie - (featuring James Taylor) ~ Ray Charles
3. You Don't Know Me - (featuring Diana Krall) ~ Ray Charles
4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - (featuring Elton John) ~ Ray Charles
5. Fever - (featuring Natalie Cole) ~ Ray Charles
6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? - (featuring Bonnie Raitt) ~ Ray Charles
7. It Was A Very Good Year - (featuring Willie Nelson) ~ Ray Charles
8. Hey Girl - (featuring Michael McDonald) ~ Ray Charles
9. Sinner's Prayer - (featuring B.B. King) ~ Ray Charles
10. Heaven Help Us All - (featuring Gladys Knight) ~ Ray Charles
11. Over The Rainbow - (featuring Johnny Mathis) ~ Ray Charles
12. Crazy Love - (live, featuring Van Morrison) ~ Ray Charles
Ray Charles

During a career that spans nearly six decades, Ray Charles, a 12-time GRAMMY Award-winner and an original inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has appeared on more than 250 recordings.

Ray Charles recently received the NAACP Image Awards "Hall of Fame" honor and was named a "Cultural Treasure" by the City of Los Angeles. The area outside his central Los Angeles studios, which was declared an historic landmark, has also been renamed "Ray Charles Square."

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 Grammy Awards.

"Charles seemed to have brought out the best in everyone...

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ray Charles (vocals, piano); B.B. King, Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar); Bonnie Raitt (vocals, slide guitar); Norah Jones (vocals, piano); Michael McDonald (vocals, keyboards); Diana Krall, Elton John, James Taylor , Johnny Mathis, Van Morrison, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight (vocals); Danny Jacob, George Marinelli, Jeff Mironov, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson , George Doering, Charles Fearing, Irv Kramer (guitar); Randy Waldman (piano, keyboards); Alan Pasqua (piano); Billy Preston (Hammond b-3 organ); Michael Bearden (keyboards); David Hayes, Abraham Laboriel, Sr. , Trey Henry, Tom Fowler (bass guitar); James Gadson, Jim Keltner, Ray Brinker, Shawn Pelton (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
Muze PNote Though Ray Charles, one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, was never in need of vocal assistance, he was no stranger to duets either (one of his finest records is a duet album with Betty Carter). For as much of a musical giant as he was, Brother Ray knew how to share the spotlight, as evidenced by GENIUS LOVES COMPANY, his final project before his 2004 passing. In keeping with the eclectic nature of Charles's artistry, he partners with a wide assortment of performers here.
Muze PNote Charles is joined by Elton John on a soulful exploration of the latter's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," and sidles up next to Willie Nelson for a haunting version of the Frank Sinatra hit "It Was a Very Good Year," made all the more poignant in retrospect by its posthumous nature. Of course, it's not all bittersweet melancholy; Charles teams with Van Morrison for a jubilant soul/gospel reading of Van's MOONDANCE tune "Crazy Love," and the duet with James Taylor on the upbeat "Sweet Potato Pie" is probably the sassiest, perkiest thing in which Taylor's ever been involved. GENIUS LOVES COMPANY is a swan song that fittingly finds the titular genius surrounded by friends from varied musical worlds, all of whom he's touched with his rare gift.

Producer: John Burk; Phil Ramone; Terry Howard; Herbert Waltl; Don Mizell

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Norah Jones
Muze Guest Artist James Taylor
Muze Guest Artist Diana Krall
Muze Guest Artist Elton John
Muze Guest Artist Natalie Cole
Muze Guest Artist Bonnie Raitt
Muze Guest Artist Willie Nelson
Muze Guest Artist Michael McDonald
Muze Guest Artist B.B. King
Muze Guest Artist Gladys Knight
Muze Guest Artist Johnny Mathis
Muze Guest Artist Van Morrison

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Associated Artists and Works

Brown, James
Davis, Miles
Hooker, John Lee
Horn, Shirley
Jackson, Milt
Krall, Diana
Laine, Cleo
Nelson, Willie
Original Soundtrack
Scofield, John

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/31/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2248
Music Label Name Label : Concord
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00013431224822

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.141)
- Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "A bittersweet duets record....[The album] features the veteran soul innovator crooning sweetly on several decades of standards..."

Down Beat (p.66)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[G]entle pacing helps the encounters feel unforced and palpably intimate..."

Living Blues (pp.48-50)
- "Charles himself is in fine, typically elastic voice throughout."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "Thankfully, nobody disappoints." 10 of 10
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Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Charles,Ray
Product attributeLabel:   Concord Jazz
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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