Ray Charles Forever [CD/DVD] [Deluxe Edition]

Ray Charles Forever [CD/DVD] [Deluxe Edition]

by Ray CharlesRay Charles

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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Commemorating Ray Charles' deserved appearance on a U.S. postal stamp, Concord's 2013 CD/DVD set Ray Charles Forever rounds up various highlights from the entirety of Charles' career. This is true for both the CD and the DVD, with the latter containing live clips that loosely correspond to the music on the CD, but the emphasis here is on the CD which spotlights not Ray's hits, but Ray singing standards of all kinds. Everything from Leon Russell's "A Song for You," Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," and John Lennon's "Imagine" to "America the Beautiful," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," and "Till There Was You" are here, and they're familiar enough to compensate for the curious selections from late in Charles' career, such as the lite-funk of "Isn't It Wonderful." Generally, there is an overabundance of latter-day tracks -- over half of the cuts date from 1993 or later; his '50s and '60s prime is represented by a mere two tracks ("I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," respectively) -- which does mean this not only lacks big hits (no "I Got a Woman," "Hit the Road Jack," "Georgia on My Mind") but it also isn't quite representative of Charles' peerless musical synthesis, where he blurred boundaries between R&B, gospel, jazz, blues, and country. What shines through is Ray's versatility as a vocalist, as he still sounds powerful and compelling even when his surroundings are synthetic, and that forceful, distinctive vocal style is not a bad way to remember Charles at all.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072348271
catalogNumber: 34827
Rank: 496

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist
Kevin Axt   Bass
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Timothy May   Guitar
Gregg Field   Percussion,Drums
Chris Walden   Trombone,Trumpet
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet
Juliane Gralle   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ray Charles   Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Brenda Russell   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Casey Bill Weldon   Composer
John Burk   Producer,Executive Producer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Jud Friedman   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Richard Perry   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
Gregg Field   Additional Production
Jean-Pierre Grosz   Producer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Chris Walden   Arranger
Jorge Velasco   Pro-Tools
Marti Shannon   Composer
Joel Webster   Composer
Andrew Pham   Art Direction
Valerie Ervin   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Joe Adams   Producer
Kenneth Hirsch   Composer
June Carter   Composer
Limuel Taylor   Composer
Ronald Miller   Composer

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