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Ray Charles & Cleo Laine - Porgy & Bess


Classic Records (Jazz Planet)



Product No.:
ARCA 1831Q
Limited Stock

200 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

200 Gram LP    
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This is a flat-out killer and a must-own. Ray Charles is in top form on this famous version that was supposed to have Gladys Knight singing the part of Bess. Gladys, having just had the hit "Midnight Train To Georgia," was not available for the part after her management insisted to Ray that she own the master tapes. If you know much about Ray Charles' story, you know that he always owned his own masters. So, Ray's next choice was Cleo Laine, who did a beautiful job of singing the part.

This two-LP set was mastered from the original analog tapes.

"I have to tell you man. In listening to sound, I guess what I'm after is the closest thing that I can get to reality. Now, I know it's not going to be reality, cause the thing gotta go through wires and gotta go through filters and this and that. I understand all that. But what I really like is to get as close to the natural sound of the instruments as possible. That's why I like analog as opposed to digital. Because I don't give a shit what anybody tells you man, I know what you guys are going to tell me...'Oh yeah, but it's clean Ray!' Well it's clean but it don't got no balls!!!" - 1999 interview with Ray Charles by Michael Hobson of Classic Records

Side A
2. Summertime
3. Summertime
4. My Man's Gone Now
5. A Woman is a Sometime thing
6. They Pass By Singin'
Side B
8. What You Want Wid Bess?
9. I Got Plenty O'Nuttin'
10. I Got Plenty O'Nuttin'
11. Buzzard Song
12. Bess, You is My Woman
13. Oh, Doctor Jesus
Side C
15. Crab Man
16. Here Come De Honey Man
17. Strawberry Woman
18. Strawberry Woman
19. It Ain't Necessarily So
20. It Ain't Necessarily So
21. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York
22. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York
Side D
24. I Loves You, Porgy
25. I Loves You, Porgy
26. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
27. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
28. Oh Lord, I'm on My Way

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Genius combo

posted on 12/29/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: Marion Campbell
I am repurchasing the record since my last copy was stolen: I want to introduce my daughter to this work of genius: the improvisational jazz blues and raw vocal power of Brother Ray combined with the divine musicality of Cleo Laine make this an enthralling interpretation of the Gershwin masterpiece. Frank DeVol's arrangement is also fantastic.

Ray in classic form performing a Classic

posted on 05/19/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: Doug H in Seattle
This is truly a gem of a hard to find recording. Not available on CD as far as I know. The LP is mastered from the original analog masters and sounds terrific. Most of the songs are done twice - once with Vocals and Orchestra; once as an instrumental with Ray on keyboards with a rhythm section. No Ray Charles collection is complete without this recording.

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