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  • Audio CD (Oct. 19 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea Custom - Rhino
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002LE9HC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.


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-70's, this 17-track song-score can only be an inviting appetizer to the singer's epochal body of work. Charles' artistry may have virtually defined soul music itself, yet it also triumphed in genres as far afield as blues blues ("Nightime is the Right Time") and country ("I Can't Stop Loving You," "Bye Bye Love") during the 60's, 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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After seeing the superb movie Ray, I immediately went out and bought the DVD as well as the soundtrack. In my opinion, Ray is one of the best biographical pictures ever made, thanks to the brilliant work of Jamie Foxx, as well as a terrific supporting cast, cinematography, and directing.
As far as the soundtrack goes, it has all the great music from the movie.. including many of Ray's classics as well as the fantastic "(Night Time is) The Right Time", featuring the superb voices of the Raelettes. However there is one disappointing omission on this soundtrack. It does not include the terrific extended studio version of "What I'd Say" featured in the wonderful opening sequence of Ray. Instead, they have the live version which isn't nearly as good. I'm not sure why the soundtrack couldn't include both the studio version to start off the CD, then the live version later on. This would have made it a 5-star CD for me. Other than that, anyone who loved "Ray" should love this compilation.
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By A Customer on June 25 2005
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After watching the movie, I went out and bought this CD and also "Genius Loves Company". This was definetely the better of the two. The only thing that disappointed me about this CD was that they left out "Leave my Woman Alone". Even so, I love this CD. My favorite songs are "Georgia on my Mind" (especially the second one) and "Drown in my own Tears." This CD is great !
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa089954c) out of 5 stars An essential CD to go with this film tribute to Brother Ray! Nov. 12 2004
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
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
81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08995a0) out of 5 stars Solid compilation Nov. 1 2004
By Blues Bro - Published on Amazon.com
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.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08999d8) out of 5 stars Bait and switch... maybe Feb. 23 2006
By Michael Way - Published on Amazon.com
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
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08999c0) out of 5 stars "Entertainer of the Decades ~ Ray Charles" Nov. 2 2004
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
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)
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0899e7c) out of 5 stars Go See the Movie, and then GET THIS CD...Seriously!! Nov. 19 2004
By Nathan W. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Both the movie and the soundtrack just blew me away. I knew of Ray Charles and may had even heard a song of his or two (mainly "America" & "Georgia on My Mind"), but I didn't really know Ray, not truly. He simply IS "The Originator & Inovator of Soul Music", I'm a believer now. After seeing the movie I just had to go out and get the soundtrack, and has been playing it ever since. I feel so enlighten and blessed to had discovered his music, I just didn't know he made all of these incredible hits. Even though some of these songs are classics that I may of knew about before ("What'd I Say", "Hit the Road Jack", "Unchain My Heart", and especially "You Don't Know Me"), but in my shame I didn't know it was Ray who did them. And then there are those superjams (like "Bye Bye Love" and "Night Time is the Right Time"), that are so good that I can't hardly go a day without playing them at least once. I even went back to check out the 50th Anniversary "Genius & Soul Box Set" of Ray Charles music, just to see how many other jewels there are out there, and I haven't been disapointed yet. I'm a new Ray convert, the man is a genius, and I ain't going back...enjoy!

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