Ray Charles - O Genio - Live in Brazil 1963
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The first "show" is actually a rehearsal (probably both for the band and the camera operators) and is of stellar quality considering it's 40 year old video. The actual show (the second "set") has some annoying video quality and sound buzz, but who really cares? The DVD is very watchable, especially considering most of the songs in the actual show were also captured in high quality during the rehearsal.
While later Ray concert DVDs are of perhaps better video quality (e.g. color), they miss the magic of Ray performing at the very peak of his career (he had already released "Modern Sounds" by the time of this performance).
If you are a Ray Charles fan, just buy this. You won't be disappointed.
our time...James,Aretha,Duke,Elvis,Louis,Miles,Buddy and Ray come to mind......but not until seeing this DVD did I come to the full realization that Ray Charles is indeed the greatest and most important musician/performer of this century.
This dvd is captivating....I have over 50 music dvd's in my collection and this one is...well...Ray simply blows the socks off of anything you have seen.....you watch it and if you can't hear andd see what is going on and what is being created by this man.....you are the blind one...
My thanks to the people who unearthed this gem...
The first concert which is a rehearsal is far better than the second with its sound & picture quality. You know that you're not going to be disappointed when Ray starts out with "What I'd Say" and seeing his Raelettes getting ready to strut their stuff. Margie's powerhouse voice and the Raelettes synchronized moves while singing to a single microphone is visually mesmerizing! You don't see this type of class act anymore in this day and age.
I would say my favorite song was "You Are My Sunshine" with Margie singing a little solo. If you hear close, you can hear O-Genio say in the background "Yeah Margie!" while she squalls. I was blown away!!
A must have for all Ray Charles fans!
The first concert is a trial run for the real show. Taped before a smaller audience, trial runs like these are common as dress rehearsals before important live performances. The black and white video and mono audio have mellowed nicely, and the stark presentation highlights the power of Ray's performance.
The second concert isn't nearly as well-preserved. In fact, it looks like the poor public-doman style material that Goodtimes Home Video used to release. However, it does contain a slightly different set list than the first concert and its well-worth your time to look past the technical flaws. Ray's voice transcends the decaying video source, and its hard to complain about the video of the second concert when the first one looks so fine.
I was lucky enough to see Ray Charles in concert a few years ago, and this DVD brought back a lot of nice memories. This DVD belongs in the collection of anyone who truly loved Ray.
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Ray and his orchestra with the Raylettes are in top form at the height of his popularity, This is a pair of concerts on consecutive nights. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Archer A. Jordan
I think he was at his best in the 60's. This DVD is one you should purchase because it's not available to view anywhere else.Published on May 3, 2013 by M J Bixler
I don't care what it is as long as Ray Charles is singing it is always good! Received it quickly and as described!Published on January 3, 2013 by C. Garrison
Before I buy a dvd I make sure that the Region Code is either 1 for Canada U.S. or Region Free/0. This product states in product description as being region 1 U.S. Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by LD
Now, this DVD has two shows, with same line-up and similar highly song-list. First of these shows (actually a studio rehearsal for the "second show") looks and sounds glorious, the... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Nikica Gilic
SIX STARS!!! I love this DVD and recommend it highly. This is a great DVD a well recorded 1963 performances in a Brazil studio. Just prime stuff with Ray and his band. Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by Anthony Fernandez
This Is a Concert You Wouldn't Want To Miss. Ray Charles is at his best Alone with the Raylettes early in his career. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by Solomon E. Doyle
This video is wonderful. It shows a young Ray Charles doing what he does best, making good music. I recommend purchasing this dvd.Published on June 2, 2008 by Elois's Stuff
I had the the good fortune to see Ray Charles live in Memphis, TN. in 1963 when I was 18. I stll rate that show as one of the greatest experiences in my life. Read morePublished on December 17, 2007 by J. Thoms