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Live in Concert

Ray CharlesAudio CD
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R&B innovator Ray Charles was one of the most important musicians of the 1950s. Despite being blind from childhood, he was hugely successful at fusing elements of blues, country, gospel and doo-wop together to form a kind of proto-soul.

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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0041KVJZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Opening
2. Swing a Little Taste
3. One Mint Julep
4. I Got a Woman
5. Georgia on My Mind
6. Margie
7. You Don't Know Me
8. Hide Nor Hair
9. That Lucky Old Sun
10. Baby, Don't You Cry
11. In The Evening [When the Sun Goes Down]
12. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
13. Makin' Whoopie
14. Busted
15. Don't Set Me Free
16. Two Ton Tessie
17. My Baby [I Love Her, Yes I Do]
18. What'd I Say
19. Finale

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1964 release including seven previously unreleased tracks. Recorded in concert at the Shrine Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA; September 20, 1964.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expanded reissue of snappy 1964 live date April 9, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Ray Charles was not only an iconic singer, songwriter and pianist, he was also a superb band leader and entertainer. And nowhere did these talents so fully magnify one another, and nowhere did the Genius so fully indulge the breadth of his musical mastery, than on stage. This 1964 date, recorded at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was originally released as a 12-track LP in 1965 (and shouldn't be confused with the 1973 LP Ray Charles Live, which anthologized late-50s performances). This CD reissue augments the original album with seven previously unreleased tracks, 24-bit remastering (by Bob Fisher at Pacific Multimedia), band credits (notably missing from the original release), full-panel black-and-white photos, and extensive liner notes from Bill Dahl.

Wally Heider's original live recording is crisp and balanced, capturing the powerful attack and fine details of Charles, his band and the soloists. The show opens with the anticipatory instrumental "Swing a Little Taste," stoked by MC Joe Adams, solos from Charles and David "Fathead" Newman, and crackling accents and flourished rolls by drummer Wilbert Hogan. Charles plays his organ cool while the band swings a deep Latin groove on "One Mint Julep," and switches to piano to tease the audience with a few stylized bars of Beethoven's "Fur Elise" before singing a blue, moaning introduction to kick off "I Got a Woman." A two-part single of the latter track became a low-charting hit in 1965.

Charles offers up an emotionally charged version of Eddy Arnold's "You Don't Know Me" and an improvised small-combo arrangement of "Makin Whoppee.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray working his audience like a Stratavarious. April 12, 2011
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Not that they would mind, but he's got them right where he's wants 'em. A singular performer plying his trade at an artistic peak. If I could find one caveat, it's too loose, you can almost hear Ray's backbone slip. But, it is a contiguous concert, not an amalgam of best versions, so that's kinda nice. Hard to understand why this had not been reassembled sooner. The big band sounds great on this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Rocks - Really! April 22, 2011
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Great to see classics like this album being remastered AND expanded; I assume this is now the complete concert? Ray sounds great (despite being an incredible singer, it's always wonderful to just hear Ray sitting back and PLAYING too), the band is fantastic (could have stood toe-to-toe with the Basie band!), and the selections are superb.

The only downside to the concert is that there are some somewhat audible differences between the original LP selections and the previously unreleased tracks, including a rather obvious crossfade about 3/4 of the way through the running time. I've seen this audio anomaly mentioned elsewhere, but it most likely won't affect listening for most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 19, 2014
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Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best August 6, 2013
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It has some of the best blues, Mr. Charles ever did. The band is great. The album is great. It one to have in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for a great concert July 14, 2013
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I purchased the vinyl in 1968....one of my favourite albums....this re-release has additional tracks....as this was a used copy the last 5 tracks do not play well....will not return it as it is a costly and unsatisfactory experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live In Concert March 30, 2013
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This performance shows Ray Charles live. If you weren't lucky enough to see him perform in person, you should own this to understand how much of a genius he was
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60s excellence December 5, 2012
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Along with Mose Allison, Brubek, Ray filled my high school, college and Nam years. Album had so many scratches on it had to get the cd. Reminds me of lost youth, love those Raelettes!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK.
This recording demonstrates graphically the impact of the out-of-control level of substance abuse in which Ray was then engaging. Read more
Published 21 months ago by John A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Next Best Thing to Being There!
This has long been my favorite Ray Charles album. It has also long been out of print, so finally having a CD gives fans the experience of a Ray Charles show. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Davis Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars I was *There* ["Say, Ray - Say, Baby"]
Folks, I was *There* that *Long Ago Night* - a little 18yr old 'White Kid Piano Boy' witnessing 'Brother Ray' in person for the first of many, many times! Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by TheRez
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles Live
Ray Charles has always been one of my favorite singers and I knew in ordering this CD that I would enjoy it and I did. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by Gloria Orange
3.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles Live
This CD seems to be very low key for a " LIVE " album.The tunes

( great selections )have no life or spark .I was disappointed.
Published on June 4, 2011 by George Betz
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Ray Charles is simply the best. If you like his earlier stuff you will not be disappointed with this purchase. Read more
Published on May 9, 2011 by masm
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ray Charles
If you're a fan of Ray Charles, and who isn't, you'll love this CD. It captures Charles at the top of his game, playing and singing his heart out. Read more
Published on May 8, 2011 by Stephen Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Ray Charles Live
I got this album on vinyl back in 1964 and it was simply great then and still is today. The CD has additional tracks that are not on the vinyl rendition. Read more
Published on May 8, 2011 by Seasoned investor
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