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A couple truisms come to mind when listening to Genius & Friends, the album of duets that Ray Charles began in 1997 and '98 and that was completed, following his instructions, after his death in 2004. First, no one can or will equal Charles' deeply soulful phrasing. Second, it doesn't matter: As long as his partner doesn't try to outshine Charles by mimicking his style or by out-shouting him, and as long as Charles is there anchoring the proceedings, the results will impress. Although recorded beforehand, Genius & Friends follows the Grammy-winning Genius Loves Company, but whereas Company favored lean, retro-tinged R&B arrangements, Friends has a decidedly ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
A couple truisms come to mind when listening to Genius & Friends, the album of duets that Ray Charles began in 1997 and '98 and that was completed, following his instructions, after his death in 2004. First, no one can or will equal Charles' deeply soulful phrasing. Second, it doesn't matter: As long as his partner doesn't try to outshine Charles by mimicking his style or by out-shouting him, and as long as Charles is there anchoring the proceedings, the results will impress. Although recorded beforehand, Genius & Friends follows the Grammy-winning Genius Loves Company, but whereas Company favored lean, retro-tinged R&B arrangements, Friends has a decidedly modern neo-soul sound, often using synthesized keyboards and contemporary gospel choirs suited to Charles' partners, such as Angie Stone, John Legend, and Mary J. Blige. Charles' genius, however, came from his ability to mix and cross genres, and he makes everything his own, whether it's John Lennon's "Imagine" with Ruben Stoddard and the Harlem Gospel Singers or the old Les McCann hit "Compared to What" with Leela James. And he still sounds invested in signature tunes like "Busted" with Willie Nelson, "You Are My Sunshine" with Chris Isaak, and "America the Beautiful" which pairs Alicia Keys's performance at the 2005 Super Bowl with Charles' recording. George Michaels's falsetto vocals on "Blame It on the Sun" and Diana Ross's bluesy turn on "Big Bad Love" are highlights, but the star here, of course, is Ray Charles.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Atlantic/Rhino's 2005 Genius & Friends is the end result of a project Ray Charles initiated a few months before his death in June 2004. According to James Austin's liner notes, Charles called Austin in December of 2003, asking if he could find the masters to an unreleased duets record Ray recorded in 1997 and 1998. Austin found the tapes, but Charles was too sick to work on them, so after his passing -- and after his final studio album, the duets record Genius Loves Company, became a number one hit in August of 2004 -- Atlantic/Rhino decided to finish off the project, bringing in producer Phil Ramone to oversee the completion of the album. This included bringing in singers to record their parts, since apart from two tracks -- a 1994 duet with Diana Ross on "Big Bad Love" and a live 1991 version of "Busted" with Willie Nelson taken from the television special Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music -- these are all studio constructions, with vocalists duetting with a previously recorded Ray. While not quite the monstrosity it could have been -- posthumous duets albums like this always bear an unsettling ghoulish undertow -- Genius & Friends is also not a particularly good album either. This isn't because the pairings are ill conceived -- apart from the woefully outmatched American Idol winner Ruben Studdard on "Imagine" which boasts perhaps Ray's best vocal performance on this record, there's nobody here who doesn't hold his or her own, and Ramone has skillfully edited the new recordings with the existing tapes so it sounds like they were recorded at the same time, even if it rarely sounds as if the vocalists were in the same room together. Rather, the problem is that the productions are caught halfway between '90s adult contemporary and modern neo-soul, sounding too slick and polished to really be memorable. It's pleasant enough -- and it's top-loaded, too, with the duets with Angie Stone, Chris Isaak, and Mary J. Blige being among the best cuts -- but it's not as relaxed or appealing as Genius Loves Company, which had the feeling of being a real duets album. This feels like what it is -- a professional studio creation. Not a terrible thing per se, but not something that makes for a good album, either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227318529
  • Catalog Number: 73185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All I Want to Do (4:00)
  2. 2 You Are My Sunshine - Chris Isaak (3:48)
  3. 3 It All Goes by So Fast (5:07)
  4. 4 You Were There (3:41)
  5. 5 Imagine - Ruben Studdard (4:28)
  6. 6 Compared to What (3:42)
  7. 7 Big Bad Love (3:45)
  8. 8 I Will Be There (4:43)
  9. 9 Blame It on the Sun (4:46)
  10. 10 Touch (4:40)
  11. 11 Shout - The Andraé Crouch Singers (5:10)
  12. 12 Surrender to Love (4:13)
  13. 13 Busted (2:32)
  14. 14 America the Beautiful (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Willie Nelson Vocals
Chris Isaak Vocals
Gladys Knight Vocals
Al Kooper Musical Direction
Patti LaBelle Vocals
George Michael Vocals
Diana Ross Vocals
Mary J. Blige Vocals
Charles Calello Conductor
Jamshied Sharifi Conductor
Angie Stone Vocals
Laura Pausini Vocals
Idina Menzel Vocals
The Andraé Crouch Singers Vocals
Alicia Keys Vocals
Ruben Studdard Vocals
Leela James Vocals
John Legend Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Ray Charles Producer, Engineer
John Lennon Composer
Quincy Jones Executive Producer
Joe Sample Composer
Mike Post Arranger
Gene McDaniels Composer
James Austin Liner Notes
Dinky Bingham Engineer
Paul Breslin Producer
Charles Calello Arranger
Sally Jo Dakota Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Executive Producer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Tom Flye Engineer
Jerry Hey Producer
Ken Hirsch Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Jay Levy Composer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Composer, Producer
Charles Mitchell Composer
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Marc Reyburn Engineer
Al Schmitt Engineer
David Schober Engineer
Jamshied Sharifi Arranger, Programming
Steve Tyrell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Syreeta Wright Composer
Aaron Zigman Programming
Terry Howard Engineer
Samuel A. Ward Composer
Ron Weisner Executive Producer
David Frazer Engineer
Darcy Proper Mastering
James Bevelle Engineer
Stephanie Tyrell Composer
Katherine Lee Bates Composer
B.J. Ramone Digital Editing
Darin "Zone" McKinney Composer, Programming
Rodney "Cortada" Alejandro Programming
Bob Gratts Engineer
Andy Manganello Engineer
Andrew Felluss Digital Editing
Mark Valentine Engineer
Sunny Hilden Composer
Masaki Koike Cover Design
Ray Charles Jr. Executive Producer
Erwan LeMarcHadour Producer
Gregory H. Willenborg Executive Producer
Eric Schilling Engineer
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