While enduring the long flight home from Australia in March, my life was made a little easier for an hour or so by watching the movie 'Ray'. I've been a jazz/blues fan all my life (I'm 62 by the way) and well remember the impact on me of first hearing the record of "What'd I say" as a teenager. So, when this number was featured in the movie, I really sat up and took note. The version used was, presumably, specially recorded for the soundtrack and was a real pot-boiler. When the credits were rolling at the end of the movie, I noted that the numbers used on the soundtrack were available on CD.
I bought the CD soon after arriving home and was very disappointed. I feel the producers of this album could be prosecuted for misrepresentation. The tracks on this album do NOT correspond to the numbers used on the soundtrack in all cases. In particular, the album uses a very mediocre live recording of "What'd I say".
The album is a very good compilation of some of Ray Charles's recording over the years both studio and live but, I have to repeat, it is not the soundtrack. Some of the numbers seem to have been recorded in Ray's twilight years when his voice was begining to sound a bit frail. That is not a problem, he had a long and distinguished recording career. My grouse is that I thought I was buying what I had heard whilst watching the movie, and I hadn't.