Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company (2004) [10th Anniversary Edition '2014] (Official Digital Download 24/192)

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Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company (2004) [10th Anniversary Edition '2014] (Official Digital Download 24/192)

Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company (2004) [10th Anniversary Edition '2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 61:01 minutes | 2,28 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Upon its release in 2004, few could have predicted the extraordinary, game-changing effect that Ray Charles’ final recording would have on both his career and the industry as a whole. One of Charles’ most inspirational and historically significant albums, "Genius Loves Company" captures the genius of the music icon in his last studio recording pairing him with legendary guest artists including Norah Jones, Diana Krall, James Taylor, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt to name a few. The album went on to receive an astounding 8 GRAMMY Awards, including 'Album of the Year' and 'Record of the Year'. Since its release on August 31st, 2004, Genius Loves Company has been certified multi-platinum with worldwide sales in excess of 5 million copies.

Genius Loves Company is the last studio album Ray Charles completed before his death in June 2004. Prior to this, the last studio album he released was Strong Love Affair in 1996, which was a stab at modern pop, filled with new songs and given an adult contemporary sheen. It was not one of his most distinctive efforts, even when judged against his latter-day albums, and it disappeared not long after its release. Charles left Warner and, years later, signed with Concord, who released Genius Loves Company, which had a decidedly different approach than the all-modern Strong Love Affair. As the title acknowledges with a wink, this is a duets album, which may be a little commonplace as far as latter-day superstar albums go but is still a step up from his previous studio album since it puts Ray Charles in a comfortable, relaxed situation that plays to his strengths. Instead of trying to put Charles in a modern setting, producers John Burk and Phil Ramone (Burk helmed seven of the album's tracks, Ramone is responsible for the other five, and their work fits together seamlessly) go for a clean retro setting with a few guitars, synths, and a rhythm section, occasionally dressing it with an orchestra or some strings. In other words, apart from the glistening production, it's not far removed from any of Charles' crossover records from the '60s, and he's also given a strong set of songs, largely familiar pop classics, from "Fever" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" and "Crazy Love." His duet partners are fairly predictable – classy newcomers like Norah Jones and Diana Krall, but also old stalwarts like Elton John, B.B. King, Johnny Mathis, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and the ubiquitous Willie Nelson (who has never sounded older than he does here on "It Was a Very Good Year") – but they're also reliable, never overshadowing Ray yet never shrinking in his shadow either; in short, it sounds more like a real duets album than most superstar duet records. The end result is modest, friendly, laid-back, and pleasing, one that remains faithful to Charles' music while sounding relatively fresh. It may not be weighty enough to be a career-capping masterpiece, but it's sweet enough to be an appropriate final album – which is far more than can be said of Strong Love Affair, or any of the other albums he cut in the '80s or '90s for that matter.

Tracklist:

01 - Ray Charles & Norah Jones - Here We Go Again
02 - Ray Charles & James Taylor - Sweet Potato Pie
03 - Ray Charles & Diana Krall - You Don't Know Me
04 - Ray Charles & Elton John - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
05 - Ray Charles & Natalie Cole - Fever
06 - Ray Charles & Bonnie Raitt - Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?
07 - Ray Charles & Willie Nelson - It Was A Very Good Year
08 - Ray Charles & Michael McDonald - Hey Girl
09 - Ray Charles & B.B. King - 09] Sinner's Prayer
10 - Ray Charles & Gladys Knight - Heaven Help Us All
11 - Ray Charles & Johnny Mathis - Over The Rainbow
12 - Ray Charles & Van Morrison - Crazy Love (Live)
13 - Ray Charles & Poncho Sanchez - Mary Ann [Bonus Track]
14 - Take 6 - Unchain My Heart [Bonus Track]

Analyzed: Ray Charles & B.B. King / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (1)
Ray Charles & Bonnie Raitt / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (2)
Ray Charles & Diana Krall / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (3)
Ray Charles & Elton John / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (4)
Ray Charles & Gladys Knight / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (5)
Ray Charles & James Taylor / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (6)
Ray Charles & Johnny Mathis / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (7)
Ray Charles & Michael McDonald / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (8)
Ray Charles & Natalie Cole / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (9)
Ray Charles & Norah Jones / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (10)
Ray Charles & Poncho Sanchez / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (11)
Ray Charles & Van Morrison / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (12)
Ray Charles & Willie Nelson / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (13)
Take 6 / Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary Edition) (14)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 0.00 dB -12.57 dB 4:26 09-Sinner's Prayer
DR11 0.00 dB -12.80 dB 4:36 06-Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?
DR11 0.00 dB -13.43 dB 3:56 03-You Don't Know Me
DR10 0.00 dB -12.16 dB 4:00 04-Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
DR10 0.00 dB -12.77 dB 4:34 10-Heaven Help Us All
DR12 0.00 dB -13.65 dB 3:48 02-Sweet Potato Pie
DR10 0.00 dB -13.45 dB 4:55 11-Over The Rainbow
DR11 0.00 dB -13.65 dB 5:17 08-Hey Girl
DR12 0.00 dB -13.57 dB 3:32 05-Fever
DR12 0.00 dB -14.03 dB 4:00 01-Here We Go Again
DR10 0.00 dB -11.40 dB 5:04 13-Mary Ann
DR9 0.00 dB -11.40 dB 3:45 12-Crazy Love (Live)
DR11 0.00 dB -14.81 dB 5:01 07-It Was A Very Good Year
DR7 0.00 dB -8.77 dB 4:07 14-Unchain My Heart
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Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 4880 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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