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Live in Concert Import

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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.

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0041KVJZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott McWade on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick N. Paternott on 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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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! Only waited close to a half-century for the 'Full Concert' to be released! Every drop of sound lives up to my youthful 'Remembers' - ain't no 'bout-a-doubt' it! Already downloaded the music, but now crave the solid CD and those 'Liner Notes' I'd feel the same about this captured concert even if I hadn't been 'close up!' A 'Landmark' album for me, of course, but The Music flat up'n 'Walks!' Check out the film *Ray* again and joy in how this evening's performance of 'What'd I Say' [audio glitch especially] was employed. 'The Shrine Auditorium' was filled w/ beautiful people - only a small percentage of us were 'White' So, here's to *That Night, That Music,* all the 'Good People,' - and a very small 'Stage Door' exchange of greetings: "Say, Ray!" - "Say, Baby!"
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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. What is really amazing is the tight big band and the soloing by Fathead Newman on the opening song. These guys can really swing. If you think Charles was simply an R and B artist, think again. He and the band were credible jazzers as well. All the great hits for which Charles has been known are here along with the energy of a live performance. Sure, there is one drop out on the vinyl as Charles comes in on "What I Say," but that engineering fax pas is excusable. Fans and "would be" fans should not pass-up this one.
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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. Just the two tracks, "Wha'd I Say?" and "You Don't Know Me" are worth the price! Ray's delivery on "You Don't Know Me" is heartbreaking--unequivocally the best version of this song ever! Even an old warhorse like "My Little Margie" becomes a masterpiece.

This is Ray Charles at the height of his powers.

The crowd reaction is great also. The enthusiasm is palpable. If I only had one Ray Charles album, this would be it.
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