Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc (2013)

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Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc


Label Monster Music
SKU 202118274
UPC 050644441622
UPC 14 00050644441622
Release Date 4/4/2013
Associated Artist/Work Brown, James
Associated Artist/Work Davis, Miles
Associated Artist/Work Dio
Associated Artist/Work Fitzgerald, Ella
Associated Artist/Work Hooker, John Lee
Associated Artist/Work Horn, Shirley
Associated Artist/Work Jackson, Milt
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Norah
Associated Artist/Work Krall, Diana
Associated Artist/Work Laine, Cleo
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Willie
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Scofield, John
Technical Info
CatalogID 4416
Lable Name Monster Music
Released 08/02/2007
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00050644441622
Musical Guests
Norah Jones
James Taylor
Diana Krall
Elton John
Natalie Cole
Bonnie Raitt
Willie Nelson
Michael McDonald
B.B. King
Gladys Knight
Johnny Mathis
Van Morrison
Take 6
Poncho Sanchez
Album Notes and Credits
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.
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.
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."
Disc 1
1 Here We Go Again
2 Sweet Potato Pie
3 You Don't Know Me
4 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
5 Fever
6 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?
7 It Was A Very Good Year
8 Hey Girl
9 Sinner's Prayer
10 Heaven Help Us All
11 Somewhere Over The Rainbow
12 Crazy Love
13 Unchain My Heart
14 Maryann
High-definition surround sound with "In the Band" surround feature experiences
Digital music files encoded with Dolby® music files that simulate surround sound through any pair of headphones
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