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Ray!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Ray CharlesAudio CD
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R&B innovator Ray Charles was one of the most important musicians of the 1950s. Despite being blind from childhood, he was hugely successful at fusing elements of blues, country, gospel and doo-wop together to form a kind of proto-soul.

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  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 29, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0002LE9HC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mess Around
2. I've Got A Woman
3. Hallelujah I Love Her So (Live)
4. Drown In My Own Tears
5. (Night Time Is) The Right Time
6. Mary Ann
7. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
8. What'd I Say (Live)
9. Georgia On My Mind
10. Hit The Road Jack
11. Unchain My Heart
12. I Can't Stop Loving You (Live)
13. Born To Lose
14. Bye Bye, Love
15. You Don't Know Me (Live)
16. Let The Good Times Roll (Live)
17. Georgia On My Mind (Live)

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Soul and R&B legend Ray Charles may not have lived to see the success of Hollywood's ultimate tribute to him, but director Taylor Hackford's biopic (featuring a landmark performance by Jamie Foxx as the musical legend) will further burnish his legacy as one of the cornerstones of contemporary American music. Though it stretches from 1953's ecstatic, proto-soul "Mess Around" to a sublime, bluesy live take of "Georgia on My Mind" recorded in Japan in the mid-'70s, this 17-track song-score can only be an inviting appetizer to the singer's epochal body of work. Charles's artistry may have virtually defined soul music, yet it also triumphed in genres as far afield as blues ("Nightime Is the Right Time") and country ("I Can't Stop Loving You," "Bye Bye Love") during the '60s, the impossibly rich era from which the bulk of this soundtrack is culled. Crucially, fully a third of the cuts here are live recordings--including electrifying 1965 performances of "What'd I Say," "You Don't Know Me," and "Hallelujah I Love Her So" hand-picked for the film by Charles himself--the forum in which the singer consistently operated on a whole other artistic plateau from mere mortals. -- Jerry McCulley

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This fall Universal Pictures and Walden Media will release the feature-length biopic Ray, the never-before-told musical biographical drama of the late American legend Ray Charles. Featuring a remarkable performance from Jamie Foxx in the central role, Ray follows the inspiring story of a one-of-a-kind genius. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (La Bamba, An Officer And A Gentleman), the film features FoxxB s uncanny lip-syncing to classic Ray Charles tracks (utilizing the artist's original master recordings). Ray is an inspirational story about an amazing artist and human being, with Ray Charles music at the film's very core.

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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Man, how Ray Charles could belt out a tune! He made it seem so easy; and the proof of that is on this CD. "Georgia On My Mind" is one of my favorite Ray Charles songs; this studio cut of Ray singing this is magnificent and very moving. No wonder it's Georgia's state song!

This CD starts out with the mischievous "Mess Around;" this song is so much fun you may replay it a few times before you even get to the rest of the CD! Hehehe! "I've Got A Woman" continues in this same way. There are some terrific live recordings here, too! Ray sings "Hallelujah I Love Her So," "What'd I Say," "You Don't Know Me," "Let The Good Times Roll," and "Georgia On My Mind" all live! I only wish I had been at one of these concerts; the electricity that so clearly is there in his performance would have blown my mind!

I especially liked the somewhat different arrangements on "You Don't Know Me" and "Let The Good Times Roll!" Very well done! The live recording of "Georgia On My Mind" is indeed very bluesy; a nice twist to a great song that is also here from a studio recording session Ray did.

Ray had a hand in the production of this film before he died; therefore this CD is also an excellent introduction or perhaps a single CD miniature compilation of some of his most famous songs. This is also a wonderful way for us all to remember the great Mr. Charles; since his performances here are dynamic, exciting, fresh and straight from the heart.

The CD comes with liner notes by Taylor Hackford. Hackford both directed and co-wrote the film "Ray."

In short, GET THIS CD! and help celebrate the life and art of the great Mr. Ray Charles! You won't regret this CD purchase! And while you're at it, why not see the movie, too? GRIN
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid compilation November 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you saw the movie, you know by now that Ray recorded for two record companies: Atlantic and ABC Paramaount. Usually, when you buy any 'greatest hits' compilation of Ray, is either from the Atlantic sides or the ABC sides, never both. But for this CD, you get great sides from both companies. Everything here is classic. maybe too many live tracks, but as a one CD compilation to get to know Ray Charles, you can hardly find a better one. If you saw the movie, you'll remember the scenes were these tracks were played. Highly recommended if you dont have any of the Ray Charles classic recordings of the 50's & 60's.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bait and switch... maybe February 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Ray Soundtrack was a disappointment in that the sound is not even close to the quality of the music on the DVD. Now to be sure, it is the same music. Allow me to explain; in the movie, each song has a dramatic "jump" to it that is absent in the soundtrack. It's like the editors pulled the original records, re-mastered them and laid the tracks down on this CD in the exact order as they appeared in the film. So what you get is Ray, but it is does not have the soul of the same music as in the movie. I'm not sure I can explain it correctly but it's as if the movie and Jamie Foxx stylized the same songs to have that "oomph" that's missing from this re-mastered collection of original tunes. To test my theory, I made a dub of "What'd I Say" from the DVD and played it back-to-back with this CD's version of the same song. The difference is unbelievable.

My conclusion; I love Ray Charles and his music but after hearing his music from the DVD in full Dolby 5.1, this CD is very disappointing. Put simply, it's like me taking my collection of Ray Charles Hi-Fidelity recordings and doing a straight transfer to CD. The music would be there but it would in no way sound like a modern day state of the art produced CD. And that's my problem; if the producers could make the film sound so good, they should have used the same music for the Soundtrack and used this collection of recordings labeled "The Originally Recorded Music" that inspired the movie Ray. That's my take for what it's worth.

Mike Way
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Entertainer of the Decades ~ Ray Charles" November 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Warner Music and Rhino Records presents "Ray", vintage Ray Charles from his story depicting seventeen songs that made us love this extraordinary human being ~ from the vaults of Atlantic and ABC-Paramount singles covering early '50s right up to the late '70s...classics from the git go, electrifying performances that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

Charles style is covered quite well with this collection of his long career...virtually every genre of music has its place on this compilation, he's so brilliant ~ every song here is a classic...there's nothing like listening to "MESS AROUND" [1953], from early on you knew his style would catch on..."I'VE GOT A WOMAN" [1954], "MARY ANN" [1956], "HARD TIMES (No One Knows Better Than I)" [1961], "HALLELUJAH I LOVE HER SO (Live)" [1965] and "WHAT'D I SAY (Live)" [1965], last five composed by the "Genius" himself, but you already knew that..."I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU (Live)" [1976] and "BORN TO LOSE" [1962], are two of my favorite Country and Western tunes that Ray favored us with..."GEORGIA ON MY MIND", appears twice on the album, the 1960 studio recording and 1976 Live in Japan performance, both are truly legendary and a must have for your ever growing collection.

Was he a "Genius"...you be the judge and decide...he will be a tough act to follow encompassing an extremely broad recording career...some of the best music you'll ever hear...one of the most exceptional artists of the century ~ Ray Charles!

Total Time: 54:36 on 17 Tracks ~ Rhino Records 76540 ~ (10/19/2004)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars i'LL KEEP COMING BACK
I LOVE IT. I'VE ALREADY JOINED, JUST BECAUSE I LOVED IT,CD WAS GREAT AND I HAVE NO COMPLAINS. MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Published 11 days ago by Charles Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
What a talented singer! Glad to have learned his story - great acting and music. If you haven't seen it by now, you should.
Published 2 months ago by lovemusic
5.0 out of 5 stars A Relaxing Classic
I was sold on this soundtrack while waiting on a doctor in a cold room. It really relaxed me and took my mind off the surgical procedure. It is a real classic.
Published 4 months ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
Ray Charles is a musical genius in my book. I enjoyed the movie very much and had to have the sound track. great selection of songs.
Published 4 months ago by luis santana
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Ray Charles ... Again!
No oned satisfies more than Mr. Charles (may he rest in peace). You can enjoy every cut on this CD.
Published 4 months ago by Khal101
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music
After watching the movie, I simply can't get enough of this music. I watch the movie over and over and play this CD over and over. Very special era of our life.
Published 7 months ago by Norma Beavers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I have loved Ray Charles since listening to his music played on an old record player by my mum and dad! It is a welcome addition to my music collection.
Published 11 months ago by JAK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs
These are the recording used in the movie RAY. what you say about such a blend blues,rock&roll and country from one of the great Artist of the 20th Century Ray Charles The C D is a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul Mosley
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Ray this is a good one.
This album was great and it was a perfect present. It came very quick and it souned great. I will order more.
Published 14 months ago by Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray
Ray speaks for himself. What more can I cay about him. I love his music and I'm glad I bought this.
Published 15 months ago by Jamie L DeRuyter
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