Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company [2LP] (180 Gram Half-Speed Mastered Audiophile Vinyl, gatefold, limited/numbered)

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Half-Speed Mastered from original tapes by Stan Ricker!

Numbered, Limited Edition! This is the definitive Pressing of this LP!!! 2005 Grammy Award Winner for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (Here We Go Again), Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Gospel Performance (Heaven Help Us All), Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical & Best Surround Sound Album!

The last studio album completed by the untouchable Ray Charles before his death. Charles sings a dozen duets with a dazzling array of guest artists from virtually every genre. ''We cover it all,'' Charles says, ''from country to R&B, pop, rock and blues. I've never let them put me in a little box, and this (record) expresses that open feeling. A beautiful song is a beautiful song - and to sing with so many beautiful singers is a blessing from God.'' Genius Loves Company stands as a remarkable hallmark in a remarkable career, including duets with Norah Jones, Elton John, Van Morrison, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and Johnny Mathis.

''Norah Jones' voice on the first cut of the LP sounds more natural, seductive, and involving, capturing more of the subtlety, while eliminating the tizz and digititis of the CD. (Note also that Billy Preston puts in an amazing performance on the Hammond B3 on this cut, in addition to two others.) Ray and Norah are so in synch on this piece that it sounds like they're reading each others' minds. No wonder it won a Grammy...It's an absolute stunner, and is a tribute to everyone involved.'' - Dave Glackin, Positive Feedback Online Click Here to read the entire review!

2005 Grammy Awards for Genius Loves Company:
* Record Of The Year: Here We Go Again, Ray Charles & Norah Jones, John Burk, producer; Terry Howard & Al Schmitt, engineers/mixers
* Album Of The Year
* Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Here We Go Again, Ray Charles & Norah Jones
* Best Pop Vocal Album
* Best Gospel Performance: Heaven Help Us All, Ray Charles & Gladys Knight
* Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Over The Rainbow, Victor Vanacore, arranger (Ray Charles & Johnny Mathis)
* Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Robert Fernandez, John Harris, Terry Howard, Pete Karam, Joel Moss, Seth Presant, Al Schmitt & Ed Thacker, engineers (Ray Charles & Various Artists)
* Best Surround Sound Album: Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Robert Hadley & Doug Sax, surround mastering engineers; John Burk, Phil Ramone & Herbert Waltl, surround producers (Ray Charles & Various Artists)

Features:
* Numbered, Limited Edition
* 1/2 Speed Mastering by Stan Ricker
* Deluxe HQ-180 Gram Double Vinyl
* Gatefold Jacket
* Audiophile Inner Sleeves
* Pressed at RTI
* Black Vinyl

Track Listing:
1. Here We Go Again - (featuring Norah Jones)
2. Sweet Potato Pie - (featuring James Taylor)
3. You Don't Know Me - (featuring Diana Krall)
4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - (featuring Elton John)
5. Fever - (featuring Natalie Cole)
6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? - (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
7. It Was A Very Good Year - (featuring Willie Nelson)
8. Hey Girl - (featuring Michael McDonald)
9. Sinner's Prayer - (featuring B.B. King)
10. Heaven Help Us All - (featuring Gladys Knight)
11. Over The Rainbow - (featuring Johnny Mathis)
12. Crazy Love - (featuring Van Morrison)

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