As Ray Charles died in June 2004, the music world lost one of its most colorful characters. A brilliant artist who throughout his career numerous stylistic boundaries had Exceeded. 23 september 2010 would Ray Charles 80 years grown old. And Concord Records has the jubilee celebrated with a very special gift for all fans of the "Father of Soul": with the release of the album "Rare Genius - The Undiscovered Masters", the ten previously unreleased recordings of Ray Charles contains, including a unique duet with Johnny Cash.
Producer of this CD, which will delight all Ray Charles fans completely, Concords AR-Vice President John Burk, meanwhile, directed the music legend had recorded their last album "Genius Loves Company" 2004. The album was a year later awarded FIVE Grammys. Six months spent Burk last year in order to listen to all the tapes of unreleased recordings, which has existed for four decades in the archives of Charles' r.p.m. International Studios on Washington Boulevard slumbered in Los Angeles. Surfaced he is now with ten shots from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s years, reflect the Ray Charles' famous stistische versatility perfectly: the range includes Rhythm'n'Blues, pop, jazz, blues and country.
"We have the utmost respect for Ray ", says Burk. "And when his musical executor we wanted to make sure that only the images are published that meet the high standards that you knew of Ray. I believe that we succeeded very well. These recordings are in my view, on a par with his greatest work. "
Perhaps the most surprising finding, however, does not come from the archives of r.p.m. International, but was discovered by Burk at Sony: It is a very moving rendition of Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me, Lord?". Recorded she had Ray Charles in 1981 in Nashville in a duet with a second American music legend Johnny Cash. That this gem almost thirty years on the shelf of a record company ansetzte dust, is scandalous.
Some of the other songs presented Ray Charles with a bit spartan sounding band and were now fOr this album enriched cautiously by additional recordings of first-class musicians. Ministering doing the guitarist Keb 'Mo' and George Doering, organist Bobby Sparks, Trumpeter Gray Grant, Posaunnist Alan Kaplan, bassists Trey Henry and Chuck Berghofer, the drummer Gregg Field and Ray Brinker and backing vocalist Eric Benet were enriched.
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