Genius Loves Company

Genius Loves Company

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by Ray Charles
     
 

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Given the chance to sing with America’s premier vocalist, who could resist? On his final album, Ray Charles found himself paired with music icons including Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, James Taylor, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Johnny Mathis, and Gladys Knight. The high spirits and good cheer --

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Given the chance to sing with America’s premier vocalist, who could resist? On his final album, Ray Charles found himself paired with music icons including Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, James Taylor, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Johnny Mathis, and Gladys Knight. The high spirits and good cheer -- not to mention the top-notch singing -- that pervade the album testify to the respect that Charles engendered and the passion he could inspire in others. Charles could sing anything, and here he gets a chance to prove his versatility once again. He touches on his own standards (“You Don’t Know Me,” “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,” and “Here We Go Again”), interacting majestically with Krall, Raitt, and Jones, respectively; touchstones from his guests' careers (John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” and Morrison’s “Crazy Love”); and perfectly tailored choices with others (the bluesy “Sinner‘s Prayer” with King, which Charles first recorded early in his career, the soulful “Hey Girl” with McDonald, a slinky “Fever” with Cole). Charles, in fine form, adapts every song to his inimitable style, and each guest finds a way to accommodate himself or herself to the master. In light of Charles’s passing just a few months before its release, Genius Loves Company takes on an affecting poignancy. Listen to Charles and Nelson’s autumnal musings on “It Was a Very Good Year,” and just try not to get a lump in your throat.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431103363
catalogNumber:
1033

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Tracks

  1. Here We Go Again  - Norah Jones
  2. Sweet Potato Pie  - James Taylor
  3. You Don't Know Me  - Diana Krall
  4. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word  - Elton John
  5. Fever  - Natalie Cole
  6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?  - Bonnie Raitt
  7. It Was a Very Good Year  - Willie Nelson
  8. Hey Girl  - Michael McDonald
  9. Sinner's Prayer  - B.B. King
  10. Heaven Help Us All  - Gladys Knight
  11. Somewhere Over the Rainbow  - Johnny Mathis
  12. Crazy Love  - Van Morrison

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Lloyd Glenn   Composer
Eddy Arnold   Composer
Red Steagall   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Carole King   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Billy Burnette   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Don Lanier   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Michael Smotherman   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer

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