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Ray Charles Live - In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony (1981)

Ray Charles , Raelettes  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ray Charles, Raelettes, Edmonton Symphony
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: 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: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WZTHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Tracks: Riding Thumb, Busted, Georgia on My Mind, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Some Enchanted Evening, Intro Raelettes, HIt the Road Jack, I Can't Stop Loving You, Take These Chains from My Heart, I Can See Clearly Now, What'd I Say, America the Beautiful

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Product Description

This DVD was recorded on January 27, 1981 in Edmonton, Alberta at Jubilee Auditorium. It captures Ray Charles at his finest as a live performer, and includes performances of classics "Hit The Road Jack", "Georgia On My Mind", "And Take These Chains From My Heart", mixed in both stereo and Dolby Surround 5.1.

Track Listing:
1. Riding Thumb
2. Busted
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
5. Some Enchanted Evening
6. Hit The Road Jack
7. I Can't Stop Loving You
8. Take These Chains From My Heart
9. I Can See Clearly Now
10. What'd I Say
11. America The Beautiful
12. Long Gone Lonesome
13. Steel Guitar Rag
14. Let's Fall In Love

There's no such thing as a bad song as long as it's sung by the late Ray Charles, and Live at the Jubilee Auditorium Canada offers yet more irrefutable evidence of that. This concert, recorded in 1981, has its flaws; it's brief (48 minutes, no bonus features), and hearing Charles with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in a big, formal venue with a rather listless audience isn't exactly ideal. But Charles, the man who's rightly credited with "inventing" soul music, always had an inimitable way with a song. On the one hand, he transforms a relatively unfamiliar choice, Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," from a gentle waltz into a rousing, funky romp ("Some Enchanted Evening," another tune by that team, is marred by an awful disco beat). On the other hand, even if he performed "Georgia on My Mind," "Hit the Road Jack," "What'd I Say," and "I Can't Stop Loving You" literally thousands of times, the man was incapable of merely going through the motions. He adds little vocal inflections and filigree that help make the hoariest of standards sound fresh--check out "What'd I Say," where a long, funny intro (Ray yodels!) blossoms into a cooking version of the tune. This may not be Ray Charles's greatest performance, but hey, any Ray is good Ray. --Sam Graham

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice DVD, but not a must have December 27, 2004
By C. Lane
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After reading the reviews and looking at the song list, I had high hopes for this disc. The picture quality was good and Ray's energy as he bounced onto the staged was also promising. However, from the very first song, the recording is a disappointment. In the first song, the audio mix is so far off that you can't even hear his piano. This is eventually corrected, but throughout the performance we all felt that it was a bit hollow - lots of surface flash, but none of the true depth of soul for which Ray Charles is legendary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother Ray in Fine Form January 3, 2010
This is a 1981 concert for ITV with the Edmonton Symphony, so there's strings on Georgia on My Mind and America the Beautiful. At 48 minutes it's brief, but it's Ray in his prime. Highly recommended, especially if you find it discounted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles at his best February 23, 2013
By OzDaz
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Always good to see Ray Charles perform to a live audience. As this was crudely recorded at the time, its quality is not up to contemporary standards, but good for historical feel that captured the performance on the occasion.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Go Wrong With Ray November 14, 2012
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Ray Charles is one of those entertainers that you simply can't get enough of.

He was so supremely talented, and so innovative, and yet seemed to speak to the inner psyche of almost everybody, that no matter how many times you see or hear him, it's never too much.

The only criticism I have of him is that he got almost too far out, in the way of ultra-hipness, instead of just singing the songs in the basic, fantastic way he first recorded them - such as "What'd I say," or "Georgia."

I'm sure that singers get tired of singing their material the same old way, over and over, but after all, that's what the people want to hear - not some far-out version that bears little resemblance to what is familiar to them.

But this is great - and the Raelettes are great, too.

The whole thing is wonderful.
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