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Genius Loves Company

Ray Charles, Ray Charles And the Count Basie Orchestra Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0002RUAII
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Here We Go AgainRay Charles with Norah Jones 3:58Album Only
Listen  2. Sweet Potato Pie (with James Taylor)Ray Charles 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. You Don't Know Me (with Diana Krall)Ray Charles 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (with Elton John)Ray Charles 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fever (with Natalie Cole)Ray Charles 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (with Bonnie Raitt)Ray Charles 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. It Was A Very Good Year (with Willie Nelson)Ray Charles 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hey Girl (with Michael McDonald)Ray Charles 5:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sinner's Prayer (with B.B. King)Ray Charles 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Heaven Help Us All (with Gladys Knight)Ray Charles 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Over The Rainbow (with Johnny Mathis)Ray Charles 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Crazy LoveRay Charles With Van Morrison 3:490.99  Buy MP3 

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Even as Ray Charles' heath waned, the consummate musician always managed to dazzle. Genius Loves Company would be his last studio album, but is a fitting legacy for his remarkable career. Charles recorded his last song for Genius Loves Company in March 2004. The CD of duets with old friends and lifelong admirers--including Norah Jones, Van Morrison, Diana Krall, Elton John, Willie Nelson, BB King and Gladys Knight--is a testament to the high regard in which the music world held him.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Sings Farewell To His Fans! 10 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love the music on this CD, even though unavoidable sadness and nostalgia accompany my listening pleasure. I grew up to the sound of Ray Charles' voice, his songs...and absolutely loving them. Unfortunately, this album is not a sample of the artist at his best. It is obvious that he was ill and his voice has a strained, almost feeble quality at times. But even in his final studio album, Mr. Charles, "the genius," is better than most stylists/musicians at peak form.
Ray's sings 12 timeless favorites with younger performers, who have already established themselves as talents, as well as with some older pros. These duets give "Genius Loves Company" a funky, eclectic sound, and provoke the warm feeling that his legacy has been passed down to another generation. Some of the best cuts include: Charles' duet with B. B. King on "Sinner's Prayer." He plays a bluesy piano that goes straight back to his musical roots - fantastic! And with King along on blues guitar, it doesn't get much better! The sassy version of "Sweet Potato Pie" with James Taylor, and "Fever" with Natalie Cole are outstanding. He and Elton John do a soulful interpretation of the latter's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word."
"Genius Loves Company" makes no pretensions. It is an honest album, pleasing, laid-back and memorable because it is Ray Charles's farewell to his fans. I think it is a 'must have' for anyone who loves his music! Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars New to Ray Charles 29 Nov 2004
By Kim Bay
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album primary for the duet with Diana Krall as I'm totally crazy about her music and I buy every thing she is into. As this is my first album with Ray Charles I must say I'm pretty impressed and I need more of Ray Charles too!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does just what it says on the tin 13 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Q magazine slated it as being predictable and a poor final bow out for Ray Charles. Predictable? Yes, in the sense of you know what to expect. All the songs are standards, the co-vocalists are all well known and deliver good performances. If you liked other Duets albums you'll like this. I did and I do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Inspiring 11 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Truely amazing, every track on this cd is amazing. As i listened to it the first time i realised this would be a cd which would be played everyday. Very inspiring. Some of the most well known and loved artists feature, the quality of the sound is brilliant and a worthy tribute to Ray Charles
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius 28 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
The late great Ray Charles recorded this album with a few of the artists he had always wanted to work with, including Elton John, B.B. King, Norah Jones & Van Morrison to name but a few...the result is an amazing, inspirational & definitive album!
This is definately the best album I have bought for a long time...the raw emotion and definitive voice of Ray Charles are all here...the colabiration with other artists just adds an extra ounce of magic, making this album something special...
I highly recomend this album to almost everyone, I think that everyone can ultimately appreciate the genius that is Ray Charles...
...if you enjoy this then I also recomend seeing the film about the life of Ray Charles, 'Ray' is an fabulous representation of a an amazing and charasmatic man!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy tribute 31 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the music of Ray Charles after watching the film "Ray". I had heard good reviews for this album and decided to plunge in. It doesn't fail to disappoint - an emotionally executed record. The songs with Gladys Knight, Norah Jones and Van Morrison stand out for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Ray 5 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous - a massive final tribute to the world, and a marvellous memory of a brilliant musician. Standout track - the opener with Norah Jones, and then it just goes on! Buy it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I haven't listened to it yet, as I work 2000 miles away from home, but my wife said it is lovely
Published 8 months ago by John G
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles
Heard this on in a hotel restaurant and liked it so much that I wanted to buy a copy. Lives up to expectations
Published 15 months ago by Neal A. Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars The genius of Ray Charles.
This has been a long time favourite of mine, bought as a second copy to use elsewhere, often listen to when working on the computer, relaxes and opens up the mind. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marianna D
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Indeed
Great songs; great duets; great price. An absolute gem from a great performer and so what more could you possibly want?
Published 18 months ago by Professor Ballofsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius loves company
This CD is pure genius and is awash with good company. An easy listen that sets you in a good mood. Well worth listening to.
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by SharronA
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
First heard of this album at the Georgia Music Museum. Just had to buy it when we got back to the UK. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2010 by Mr. Seymour Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles
Having searched the high street for weeks without success I found this great CD and it arrived the next day!
Published on 19 Jan 2010 by Emma Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought this for a friend. Came in good time and in excellent condition. thank you.
Published on 1 Nov 2009 by N. E. BURDETT
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed farewell to the genius
Don't get me wrong this is a very good album. However some of the vocal tracks by Ray are rather strained vocally and to some extent like Sinatra was on his 2 "duet" albums he is... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2008 by Mr. N. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock critics know nothing
While "Q" slagged this CD off you got the impression that it was not going to be their office listening or that anyone would actually buy it-unless Q staff get freebies. Read more
Published on 13 April 2008 by Richard
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