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Ray Charles - Live

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Item #: 2661750
    Personnel: Ray Charles (vocals, alto saxophone, piano, electric piano); Marjorie Hendricks (vocals); David Newman (tenor saxophone); Hank Crawford (baritone saxophone); Lee Harper, Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (trumpet); Edgar Willis (bass); Richie Goldb......more

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Artist: Charles, Ray
Personnel: Ray Charles (vocals, alto saxophone, piano, electric piano); Marjorie Hendricks (vocals); David Newman (tenor saxophone); Hank Crawford (baritone saxophone); Lee Harper, Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (trumpet); Edgar Willis (bass); Richie Goldberg, Teagle Fleming (drums); The Raylettes (background vocals). Engineers: Harold Chapman, Tom Dowd, Ivan Miles. Recorded live at The Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island on July 5, 1958 and Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia on May 28, 1959. Includes liner notes by Gary Giddins. Previously released as a 2 LP set. There are plenty of live Ray Charles recordings available, all supporting the theory that the man never gave a bad performance, but this one is something special. Recorded in 1958 and '59 (prime time in the Charles timeline), this album fully captures the fire and fury of Charles' Gospel/blues/jazz/R&B amalgam in all its churning, gut-punching glory. Things kick off with a couple of tunes that show Charles and band's instrumental might, the horns punctuating and sparring with Charles' soulful piano runs. Hits such as "I Got a Woman" and What'd I Say" are presented in near-definitive versions, complete with Brother Ray's lascivious call-and-response with his indefatigable Raylettes. Elsewhere, Charles gives a glimpse of his vision's breadth via "In a Little Spanish Town" and "Swanee River Rock." A key moment occurs in "Drown in My Own Tears," when Charles, testifying like an ecstatic preacher over the Raylettes' backing, finds the exact meeting place of emotional turmoil and very visceral catharsis. In short, this is the live Ray Charles album to get.
See Also:
Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959), Genius: The Ultimate Collection, The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Ray Charles and Betty Carter/Dedicated to You, The Genius of Ray Charles, Genius + Soul = Jazz/My Kind of Jazz [Rhino], Genius Loves Company, Ultimate Hits Collection, Anthology
See Influences:
Big Joe Turner, Art Tatum, Piano Red, Billy Eckstine, Charles Brown, Hank Snow, George Gershwin, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Jordan, Erskine Hawkins, Tampa Red, Louis Armstrong, Josh White, Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones), Nat King Cole
See Contemporaries:
Womack & Womack, Steve Winwood, Ruth Brown, King Curtis, B.B. King, Johnny Adams, The Box Tops, David "Fathead" Newman (Sax), Big Joe Turner, Otis Spann, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Johnny Otis, The Everly Brothers, Quincy Jones, Hank Ballard, The Animals, Ann Peebles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Willie John, Garnet Mimms, Percy Mayfield, Otis Redding, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Ashford & Simpson, Lou Rawls, The Spencer Davis Group, Little Jimmy Scott, Ivory Joe Hunter (Texas), Mickey Baker, Elvis Presley, Amos Milburn, Milt Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Solomon Burke, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, James Brown, Maxine Brown, Charley Pride, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Billy Paul
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Hot Rod
  2. 2 Blues Waltz
  3. 3 In a Little Spanish Town
  4. 4 Sherry
  5. 5 Right Time, The
  6. 6 Fool For You, A
  7. 7 I Got a Woman
  8. 8 Talkin' 'Bout You
  9. 9 Swanee River Rock - (previously unreleased)
  10. 10 Yes Indeed! - (mono)
  11. 11 Right Time, The
  12. 12 Frenesi
  13. 13 Spirit-Feel, The
  14. 14 Tell the Truth
  15. 15 Drown in My Own Tears
  16. 16 What'd I Say
Atlantic Records
Nesuhi Ertegun; Zenas Sears
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
71 : 54
Guest Artist:
David "Fathead" Newman; Hank Crawford
Editorial Reviews:
Q (10/93, p.118) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a single listen to either 'A Fool For You' or 'Drown In My Own Tears' is enough to heal the sick, raise the dead and make the little women fall outta their beds..."
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