The Genius In His Prime Live In Concert!
This 1965 release was recorded September 1964 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los
Angeles, California. The set features the song "What'd I Say", which broke Ray
Charles into mainstream pop music and sparked a new sub-genre of R&B. It earned
Charles his first gold record and has been one of the most influential songs in
R&B and rock 'n' roll history.
In the half-century between his earliest recordings in the 1950s and his death
in 2004, Ray Charles ascended to icon status by leaving his mark on virtually
every form of American popular music that emerged in the latter half of the 20th
century. Nowhere was this more evident than in his live performances, where one
was likely to hear shades of blues, soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, country and more in
a single evening - indeed, sometimes in a single song. To put it simply, the
Right Reverend did it all.
All of these subtle shades and styles are evident on Ray Charles Live In
Concert. Originally released by ABC-Paramount in early 1965, Live In Concert
captured Ray at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in September 1964. "There
could be no more uplifting live musical experience than digging Ray Charles and
his mighty orchestra in their prime," says roots music historian Bill Dahl.
Indeed, the 15-piece orchestra backing Ray on this date - assembled just a few
years earlier in 1961 - boasted no less than a dozen horns, including formidable
saxophonists David "Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford and Leroy "Hog" Cooper, all
of whom had been with Ray since his days as a leader of smaller combos.
A huge piece of the Ray Charles legacy is his mastery of any style he touched,
and his ability to make it his own in a way that no other artist could - powers
that can only come from an innate sense of adventure and spontaneity that are
fully evident in Ray Charles Live In Concert.
Recorded by Wally Heider, a true on-location recording legend.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray & Zan Zanev
2. Band: Swing a Little Taste
3. I Gotta Woman
5. You Don't Know Me
6. Hide Nor Hair
7. Baby, Don't You Cry
8. Makin' Whoopee
9. Hallelujah I Love Her So
10. Don't Set Me Free
11. What'd I Say