Rhino Records presents the original film score for "Ray", from Craig Armstrong the award winning composer on the life and times of legendary Ray Charles...the impact of 26 tracks opens doors on the ups and downs of this icon in the world of music.
Mixed with dialogue from the film and the heart wrenching themes "DREAMS OF RAY", "DREAMS OF RAY II" and "DREAMS OF RAY III", musical journey for the listener behind those dark glasses and we're given a rare glimpse of a man and his music...each cue has a memorable moment mapping out his musical genius.
Ray Charles was that one-of-a-kind that only comes this way once in our lifetime...Craig Armstrong has captured those moments...take a bow Craig Armstrong as composer, arranger and orchestration, Simon Chamberlain on solo piano, Metro Voices is the choir, Jenny O'Grady is the Choir Leader, Gavyn Wright is the Orchestra Leader...a job well done.
Mr. Charles received many honors including the Grammy "President's Merit Award", "African American Heritage Month" for February 2004, Grammy Awards of the "Lifetime Achievement", "Presidential Medal for the Arts", original inductee into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame", "France's Legion of Honor", NAACP Image Awards "Hall of Fame Award" this past March and the "Kennedy Center Honors"...his music is a must have for all "film-score-buffs" and fans of Country Western, Soul, Rock N' Roll and American Standards of the Day...we'll miss your Genius...Brother Ray Charles!
Total Time: 50:51 on 26 Tracks ~ Rhino Records 78480 ~ (12/07/2004)