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Monster Music  123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles Genius Loves Company Music SuperDisc 1 of 1
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Sku: 202118274
UPC: 050644441622
UPC 14: 00050644441622
Release Date: 4/4/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Here We Go Again ~ (featuring Norah Jones)
2. Sweet Potato Pie ~ (featuring James Taylor)
3. You Don't Know Me ~ (featuring Diana Krall)
4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word ~ (featuring Elton John)
5. Fever ~ (featuring Natalie Cole)
6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? ~ (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
7. It Was A Very Good Year ~ (featuring Willie Nelson)
8. Hey Girl ~ (featuring Michael McDonald)
9. Sinner's Prayer ~ (featuring B.B. King)
10. Heaven Help Us All ~ (featuring Gladys Knight)
11. Somewhere Over The Rainbow ~ (featuring Johnny Mathis)
12. Crazy Love ~ (featuring Van Morrison)
13. Unchain My Heart ~ (featuring Take 6)
14. Maryann ~ (featuring Poncho Sanchez)
 
Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
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.

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
Muze Guest Artist Take 6
Muze Guest Artist Poncho Sanchez
Features
Video Features High-definition surround sound with "In the Band" surround feature experiences
Video Features Digital music files encoded with Dolby® music files that simulate surround sound through any pair of headphones

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Duets (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations Live & Kickin
Muze Music Compilations Incredible Soul Collection
Muze Music Compilations Def American Songbook Vol.1
Muze Music Compilations The Legend
Muze Music Compilations 1973-97 Complete Hits Collection (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations All-Time Top 100 TV Themes
Muze Music Compilations My Lives
Muze Music Compilations Gold:blues
Muze Music Compilations Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem: Driving In The 50's
Muze Music Compilations Cincinnati Kid Original Score
Muze Music Compilations Super Hits:willie Nelson Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Van Morrison Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Wedding:jazz For The Weddin
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1960'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Hollywood Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Education (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Christmas With Sinatra and Friends
Muze Music Compilations Only Classic Country Collection You'l
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0
Muze Music Compilations Icon
Muze Music Compilations Help (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Soul
Muze Music Compilations Greatest:duets
Muze Music Compilations Complete Columbia Collection
Muze Music Compilations Magic City
Muze Music Compilations Lonely Avenue:soul From New York 1955
Muze Music Compilations Hit Parade:1962 25 Original Hit Recor
Muze Music Compilations Ray Sings Basie Swings
Muze Music Compilations Legends Of Rock N Roll
Muze Music Compilations 20 Grandes Exitos
Muze Music Compilations Amazing Early 60s Box:88 Hard To Find
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Ever Party Album
Muze Music Compilations Classics
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:merle Haggard
Muze Music Compilations Classics
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of George Jones Du
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Johnny Cash Due
Muze Music Compilations Decade Of Hits:60s
Muze Music Compilations Johnny Mercer Dream?s On Me Celebrati
Muze Music Compilations Gatsby Era
Muze Music Compilations Blues Juke Box
Muze Music Compilations Rock N Roll Jukebox:hits From The 50s
Muze Music Compilations Any Which Way You Can (ost)

Associated Artists and Works

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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/02/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 4416
Music Label Name Label : Monster Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00050644441622

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)
(p.116)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "Thankfully, nobody disappoints."

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