Genius Loves Company

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431224822
  • Catalog Number: 2248
  • Sales rank: 955

Tracks

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed

    Sorry but I expected more. Ray's vocal was rather weak throughout, due to his failing health. I didn't like the duets with James Taylor and Willie Nelson. Being his last recording, I'm keeping this CD as a momento. Much prefer his earlier recordings when he was in better health.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest

    This CD is just the greatest. Mr. Ray Charles will be greatly missed. The musicans that were chosen to perform with him were allsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Still Love RAY

    I'm a huge Ray Charles fan and purchased this cd for that reason as well as the fact there is a duet with Van Morrison. His voice sounded weak a times, but given his probable health status at the time of recording, that is to be expected. I especially liked the duets with Elton John, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall & of course Van

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Should of release a box set instead of this mess!

    I love Ray, but this album sucks. But don't blame Ray for this album, blame the record company for using him. They knew he was not going to make it and they use his death just sell this messy album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a genius!

    This particular album of Ray's is a sheer example of his genius. Considering he may not have recorded this album believing it was his last, it is important to understand his divine ability to demonstrate his musical talent in the context of various musical genres. He's demonstrated his ability to sing with other talented musicians and yet produce [one] voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    This is the first Ray Charles CD I have ever purchased. I was so surprized at how great his voice sounded. I especially enjoyed the duets with Natile Cole and Elton John. He had so much feeling and soul! I am sorry I never got to hear him live at a show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a disappointment!!

    Now--don't get me wrong--I am a HUGE fan of Ray Charles. But, unlike Sinatra, who sounded pretty good late in life--ole Ray waited a mite too long to do this. No disrespect to him, but I found it difficult to listen to. I liked the B.B. King, and the Natalie Cole ones, but otherwise, I am sorry I purchased this. And I'm not a kid who's just discovered him. I'm 53 and remember him from waaay back when.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a way to go!

    I first heard a pre-view of this album on a flight from Heathrow to Miami on American Airlines. I could hardly wait until it was released. What majic! Each cut is better than the next. Utterly fabulous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Genuis" A Perfect Epitaph For Charles

    When I first heard that Ray Charles was doing an album of duets (a'la Frank Sinatra) I have to admit, it had me worried. Is it now that every larger-than-life performer must spend the waning days of his or her life rounding up mainstays of the music-biz to sing with in order to show the world "Yes, I am/was really that good!" Well, the answer may be "yes", and I for one am thankful. Genuis Loves Company is nothing less than what it's title proclaims - genius. Charles shows the world once again why he was a musical legend. In true Ray Charles fashion he elegantly moves across the entire canvas of music styles from folk, to 70's rock, to country, blues, jazz, and heck why not a showtune. The genius is that every single song, regardless of genre or style, sounds like it was written to be sung by Ray. Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, and BB King are natural pairings of Charles' gritty style. Who can resist hearing Charles sing his version of "Crazy Love"? More surprising however was the seamless transition from the smoothest of smooth voices of James Taylor, Norah Jones and Johnny Mathis with Charles'. From a man that changed the sound of music forever comes an album that proves the differences between musical styles are all just a matter of perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This will be a number 1 ! No doubt about it!!

    Just from the samples, you can tell this is an awesome album! I think it is something you can play all the time - to relax, at a party, or laying out by the pool sipping coacktails!!

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