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Ray Charles: Live at Montreux 1997 [Blu-ray] (2008)

Ray Charles , Raelettes  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Charles, Raelettes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JL2V2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ray Charles was one of the true pioneers of soul music. This concert was filmed on 19 July 1997 at what was to be Ray Charles' last appearance at Montreux, some two decades after he first took to the stage there. Born in Georgia in 1930 he was one of the first performers to mix Gospel, R&B and Jazz to create a new form of black Pop music that would come to be known as Soul. His voice and delivery were strikingly different and instantly recognizable. He had his first hits in the early 50's and was still hitting the charts into the 21st century. His death in June 2004 was front page news around the world and was followed by the award winning biographical movie "Ray". Eagle Vision.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unfamiliar Fare December 16, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
All I had was a ONE STAR review to guide me when I bought this blu-ray. I did not even have a playlist of songs. But this is Ray Charles. Even on a bad day, how bad can Ray get? So I took a leap of faith.

The Picture Quality was fabulous, even for a 1080i, not 1080p. Sound was great. I prefer the PCM 2.0 track to the DTS as I use old fashioned (but high end) speakers. The sound was great. Until Ray Charles started singing. The volume of his voice and keyboard (no piano) was low. I too would have rated this Blu-ray a ONE STAR affair if this was the only criterion. In actual concerts, getting drowned out by the very comprehensive orchestra is not totally unexpected. The mike volume could have been pushed up for Ray in an edited recording. Other than this blemish, I felt like I was actually at the concert.

This is not standard Ray Charles fare. It is off his beaten path. It is certainly not a Best of Ray Charles, or Ray singing his greatest hits concert. For familiar Ray, refer to "Genius Loves Company". Missing from this performance are, inter alia, You are the Sunshine of my Life, Unchain my Heart, Hit the Road Jack and other Ray Charles standards. The only familiar one to me was track 5 "Georgia on My Mind". Ray is doing non-standard fare which is not usually found in his other compendiums. Hence the high rating. Lets be reasonable: the orchestra, and the whole company,did not go all the way to Switzerland to perform the familiar stuff. This concert builds on the familiar repertoire.

I have no complaints about visual or audio quality, which is great considering the vintage of the material. It could have been recorded yesterday: you cannot really tell when the recording was made if 1997 was not so boldly printed on the artwork.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Audio deficiencies, video seems fine April 9, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This Blu-ray disc has several audio issues, the video seems fine. On all the non-solo songs Ray Charles mike seems very low in sensitivity, his piano appears to be very low as well, and the brass orchestra sounded harshy and overpowered his voice and piano, making them both out of balance audibly.

I had to increase the bass settings during playback for it to be in balance with the other frequencies; drums were also left behind the overpowering orchestra.

I was looking forward to have a good memory of Ray on my collection but this recording was not as I expected sonically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent B.D. for those who knows quality. January 5, 2012
Unlike some reviews I found, this Blu-ray is simply magnificent, with respect to image quality 5 stars, even as the dinamic sound quality (DTS-MA 5.1). I was surprised by the clear sound of his orchestra, and of excellent capture quality of the voice of Ray Charles, and by suitable choice of songs that actually is just a little summary of their greatest hits. Blu-ray highly recommended to all who appreciate good music of Blues and Jazz, in the unique voice and interpretation from Ray Charles, and for those who are not concerned to hear the sounds surrounding his head.
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