Friendship [Bonus Tracks]

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Ray Charles' history with both country music and duet recordings already ran deep in 1984, the date of this Billy Sherrill?produced project. Chalk up the album's special vibe to Brother Ray's engaging personality and laid-back attitude, and to a lineup with which he meshes perfectly. On the bouncy "Two Old Cats like Us" and the easygoing shuffle of "We Didn't See a Thing," he engages, respectively, Hank Williams Jr. and George Jones Chet Atkins is playing guitar on the track in relaxed, self-deprecating banter that's just the right temperament for these two humorous, male-bonding numbers. Similarly, Charles and Ricky Skaggs marry bluegrass and blues on the Cole ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Ray Charles' history with both country music and duet recordings already ran deep in 1984, the date of this Billy Sherrill–produced project. Chalk up the album's special vibe to Brother Ray's engaging personality and laid-back attitude, and to a lineup with which he meshes perfectly. On the bouncy "Two Old Cats like Us" and the easygoing shuffle of "We Didn't See a Thing," he engages, respectively, Hank Williams Jr. and George Jones Chet Atkins is playing guitar on the track in relaxed, self-deprecating banter that's just the right temperament for these two humorous, male-bonding numbers. Similarly, Charles and Ricky Skaggs marry bluegrass and blues on the Cole Porter–penned title track, Skaggs's keening vocal contrasting nicely with the gritty style Ray employs here. Elsewhere Charles digs deeper, bringing drama and deep feeling to the proceedings, getting low down and blue with Mickey Gilley on the populist lament "It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind" a showcase for one of Sherrill's exquisite string productions and settling into some country blues with Merle Haggard on the bleak "Little Hotel Room." Johnny Cash, and especially Willie Nelson on the elegant, epic gunfighter ballad "Seven Spanish Angels", bring out the best in Charles's interpretive skill in story-songs with powerful narratives. Added to this reissue are two bonus tracks: a classic pop outing with Tony Bennett on James Taylor's "Everybody Has the Blues" and a bluesy tribute to the piano's comforting ways via Billy Joel and his song "Baby Grand." Genius loves company, so it's said, and the rich performances on Friendship prove the point, emphatically so.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: SONY
  • UPC: 828767762821
  • Catalog Number: 77628

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two Old Cats Like Us (2:35)
  2. 2 This Old Heart (Is Gonna Rise Again) (3:04)
  3. 3 We Didn't See a Thing (2:12)
  4. 4 Who Cares - Janie Fricke (2:58)
  5. 5 Rock and Roll Shoes - B.J. Thomas (2:42)
  6. 6 Friendship (2:41)
  7. 7 It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind (2:54)
  8. 8 Little Hotel Room (2:59)
  9. 9 Crazy Old Soldier (3:33)
  10. 10 Seven Spanish Angels (3:51)
  11. 11 Everybody Has the Blues - Tony Bennett (3:39)
  12. 12 Baby Grand - Billy Joel (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Ricky Skaggs Guitar, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Johnny Cash Vocals
Mickey Gilley Vocals
Merle Haggard Vocals
George Jones Vocals
Willie Nelson Vocals
The Oak Ridge Boys Vocals
Billy Joel Piano, Vocals
Tony Bennett Vocals
Pete Drake Dobro, Steel Guitar
Judy Rodman Background Vocals
Bobby Wood Keyboards
The A-Strings Track Performer
Pete Bordonali Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Janie Fricke Vocals
Jerry Kennedy Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Kroon Drums
Joe La Barbera Drums
Kenny Malone Drums
Bill McElhiney Trumpet
Terry McMillan Harmonica, Percussion
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Ron Reynolds Percussion
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Keyboards
Billy Sanford Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Dale Sellers Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, 10-string Guitar
Billy Sherrill Electric Guitar
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Denis Solee Saxophone
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Wendy Suits Background Vocals
B.J. Thomas Vocals
Diane Tidwell Background Vocals
Hank Williams Jr. Vocals
Hershel Wigginton Background Vocals
Jose McElhiney Trumpet
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Paul Langosh Bass
Robert Ogdin Keyboards
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Composer
James Taylor Composer
Patrick Williams Arranger
Ettore Stratta Producer, Audio Production
Troy Seals Composer
Danny Bennett Producer, Audio Production
Gregg Geller Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
J. Martin Johnson Composer
Bucky Jones Composer
Paul Kennerley Composer
Richard Leigh Composer
Graham Lyle Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Freddy Powers Composer
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Eddie Setser Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer, Audio Production
Gary Gentry Composer
Ron Keith Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Shelby Kennedy Composer
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager, Package Manager
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Country Connection

    Ray Charles has been tough to classify. Is he blues, country, jazz? In his "Georgia on my Mind" years, he was classified as country, though with hesitation, because of his race. But this album shows his true country side, though one should not attempt to classify Ray Charles. The music is, in true Ray Charles form, perfection. And the banter Ray Charles and his comrades offer in the music gives the implication that Ray was having a jam session instead of a meticulously prepared work. This album was one of my first exposures to Ray Charles, and it continues to be one of my favorites. I challenge anyone to find Ray Charles any better! Even the last of Ray Charles' albums, Genius, pales in comparison.

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