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Ray Charles - O Genio - Live in Brazil 1963 (2005)

Ray Charles  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Charles
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000641A7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • First show: What'd I Say, Take These Chains from My Heart, You Are My Sunshine, Set Me Free, Carry Me Back to Old Virginny, My Bonnie, In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down), Just a Little Lovin', You Don't Know Me, Margie, Hit the Road Jack, Moanin', Birth of a Band, Hallelujah I Love Her So, untitled jazz instrumental
  • Second show: Hallelujah I Love Her So, In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down), Erontex commercial, Moanin', My Bonnie, No One, Don't Set Me Free, Take These Chains from My Heart, Erontex commercial, I Can't Stop Loving You, Don't Set Me Free reprise, You Are My Sunshine, What'd I Say, Ray Charles Entre Nos commercial, closing announcement
  • Portugese commercials with English subtitles

Editorial Reviews

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O Genio: Live in Brazil 1963 is a fairly astonishing document, and an invaluable addition to the catalog of one the great artists of the 20th Century. Here's Ray Charles, "O Genio" ("The Genius" in Portuguese), 32 years old and in his absolute prime, a few years after he essentially "invented" soul music with his classic Atlantic Records recordings and just a year after he'd transformed popular music again with Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. The DVD finds Charles and his orchestra performing two full sets in Sao Paulo; both are in black and white and contain many of the same songs (although for some reason the sound and visual quality of the first set is far superior to that of the second). And what songs they are. When a guy opens his set with one of his biggest hits, "What'd I Say," you know you're in for something special. And Charles doesn't disappoint, drawing on the all aspects of his repertoire, including some C&W (only Ray Charles could turn the hokey "You Are My Sunshine" into a funky, swinging affair), blues ("In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)"), and jazz ("Birth of a Band" and Bobby Timmons's classic "Moanin'," both instrumentals, are among the highlights), in addition to "Hit the Road Jack," Hallelujah I Love Her So," and other Charles standards. The band includes saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman and Margie Hendrix, perhaps the greatest Raelette of all, but the star of this show is Ray Charles, and O Genio: Live in Brazil 1963 is a wonderful opportunity to experience the master at work. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Featuring a very rare 1963 performance of Ray Charles in Sao Paulo, Brazil, recorded one day before his 33rd birthday, the concert material showcased on this disc is a remarkable find. Beyond its historical significance, the video provides enormous pleasure: we get to see and hear Ray, the Genius (O-Genio means "The Genius" in Portuguese), at his absolute best, exactly as it was shown then, complete with Brazilian commercials.

Customer Reviews

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Ray: The Real Thing November 22, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you liked Jamie Foxx's performance in RAY, you will love this DVD. It's from 1963, the same timeframe as the movie, with the actual people you see featured in the movie including David "Fathead" Newman and Margie Hendrix.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest December 7, 2004
Format:DVD
I have been a music lover now for over 40 years, and I fully acknowledge the "greats" who shaped the music we listen to in

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...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem you should add to your DVD collection! November 9, 2005
Format:DVD
Being a lifelong Ray Charles' fan and having the pleasure of seeing him in concert back in the mid-80s, his talent and passion for his music has never diminished. Over the course of the years, footage of his earlier concerts and performances were sparse and rare, however, when I discovered this DVD and that Margie Hendrix & The Raelettes were on this, I immediately purchased it. Thanks again to the great folks at Rhino for again putting a product out to the public that is unique and caters to us hardcore music lovers!

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!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to time-travel and see the young Ray Charles December 27, 2004
By C. Lane
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The other reviews provide ample warnings about the degraded video and audio quality in the second set of this performance. However, this title is worth buying just to get a look at Ray smoking through the first dozen numbers. It is a much more intense performance than the 1981 Edmonton Symphony recording - and the b&w imagery actually enhances this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Margie.... September 23, 2005
Format:DVD
I am so glad I found a reference to this video in Oxford Review's article by Roy Blount about Ray Charles. He mentioned the Raylettes and especially Margie. I realized I'd never seen the Raylettes though their voices were always there, creating the ambiance for Ray to do his thing which was wonderful, artistically perfect, uncannily helping us to dream our emotional lives onward. So I got it for Margie, and I was not disappointed. He was right: you can't take your eyes off her. Ray is good to look at, too. And the listening!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Genio Ray Charles Live in Brazil May 24, 2005
By Dody
Format:DVD
This is one of the greatest DVD's I've seen. Ray Charles was so blessed. He had so much talent it was running over. The songs on this DVD are "out of sight" In 1963 I was a little girl and I did not know Ray Charles was so wonderful. I remember knowing he was famous so I told everyone he was my uncle, because we had the same last name however, I did not know his real last name was Robinson. He has a song on the dvd called "In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down" man, that song is so soulful it's bursting with his great piano playing and his distinct singing, I love it. I also like the way he does "You don't know Me" and I Can't Stop Loving You" these are songs I never paid attention to through the years, but ever since I saw the movie "Ray" I've been interested in all things Ray Charles. If you want to see him when he was young and vibrant, I mean he is practically dancing on that piano stool the man just rocks. It is a treat, and I might add he was very handsome. D.C.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They called him 'Genius' for a reason! June 3, 2005
Format:DVD
This DVD captures Ray Charles in his prime. Barely more than 30 years old when these video performances were captures, Ray and his powerhouse band tear through the songs that would become standards throughout his long career. Partly due to his youth, and partly due to these songs being relatively new in 1963, Ray's performances have a vitality and passion here that can't be matched in any of his later concerts released on DVD. He never stopped being a Genius - but his voice here borders on Godly. Ray Charles was able to take almost any song from any genre and perform it with such sincerity and passion that you'd swear he was the original author.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Two nights in Brazil
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Archer A. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only Ray!
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 11 months ago by M J Bixler
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray is always good!
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 15 months ago by C. Garrison
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Region Code
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 more
Published 18 months ago by LD
5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond from Brazil
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 more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Nikica Gilic
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Essential and Perfeito , O Genio!!!
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 more
Published on March 31, 2011 by Anthony Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius
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 more
Published on May 31, 2010 by Solomon E. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray is the best.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars JTinPhoenix
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 more
Published on December 17, 2007 by J. Thoms
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE AND ONLY RAY AT HIS BEST
A FRIEND BOUGHT THIS DVD FOR ME KNOWING HOW MUCH I LOVE RAY...AND ITS PROBALLY THE BEST DVD I NOW OWN... Read more
Published on November 27, 2007 by J. Maher
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