DCC GOLD CD GZS 1027: RAY CHARLES - Recipe For Soul, 1992 JPN SS
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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson). He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business,” although Charles never believed that about himself.

The influences upon his music were mainly jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and country artists of the day such as Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Louis Armstrong. His playing reflected influences from country blues and barrelhouse, and stride piano styles.

Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley.

Charles possessed one of the most recognizable voices in American music. In the words of musicologist Henry Pleasants:

Sinatra, and Bing Crosby before him, had been masters of words. Ray Charles is a master of sounds. His records disclose an extraordinary assortment of slurs,  glides, turns, shrieks, wails, breaks, shouts, screams and hollers, all wonderfully controlled, disciplined by inspired musicianship, and harnessed to ingenious subtleties of harmony, dynamics and rhythm... It is either the singing of a man whose vocabulary is inadequate to express what is in his heart and mind or of one whose feelings are too intense for satisfactory verbal or conventionally melodic articulation. He can’t tell it to you. He can’t even sing it to you. He has to cry out to you, or shout to you, in tones eloquent of despair — or exaltation. The voice alone, with little assistance from the text or the notated music, conveys the message.
Ray Charles is usually described as a baritone, and his speaking voice would suggest as much, as would the difficulty he experiences in reaching and sustaining the baritone's high E and F in a popular ballad. But the voice undergoes some sort of transfiguration under stress, and in music of gospel or blues character he can and does sing for measures on end in the high tenor range of A, B flat, B, C and ev in full voice, sometimes in an ecstatic head voice, sometimes in falsetto. In falsetto he continues up to E and F above high C. On one extraordinary record, "I’m Going Down to the River" . . . he hits an incredible B flat . . . giving him an overall range, including the falsetto extension, of at least three octaves.
In 1979, Charles was one of the first of the Georgia State Music Hall of Fame to be recognized as a musician born in the state. Ray's version of "Georgia On My Mind" was made the official state song for Georgia. In 1981, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was one of the first inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony in 1986. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986.

In 1987, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1991, he was inducted to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 1998 he was awarded the Polar Music Prize together with Ravi Shankar in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2004 he was inducted to the Jazz Hall of Fame, and inducted to the National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame. The Grammy Awards of 2005 were dedicated to Charles.

On December 7, 2007, Ray Charles Plaza was opened in Albany, Georgia, with a revolving, lighted bronze sculpture of Charles seated at a piano. He was presented with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, during the 1991 UCLA Spring Sing.

In 2003, Charles was awarded an honorary degree by Dillard University. Upon his death, he endowed a professorship of African-American culinary history at the school, which is the first such chair in the nation. A $20 million performing arts center at Morehouse College was named after Charles and was dedicated in September 2010.

The biopic Ray, released in October 2004, portrays his life and career between 1930 and 1979 and stars Jamie Foxx as Charles. Foxx won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.

Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul is a 1963 album by Ray Charles. In 1990, the album was released on compact disc by DCC with four bonus tracks.

Although it was a big commercial success, reaching number two on the LP charts, this record would typify the erratic nature of much of Charles' '60s output. It's too eclectic for its own good, really, encompassing pop standards, lowdown blues, Mel Tormé songs, and after-hours ballads. The high points are very high -- "Busted," his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles. And the low points are pretty low, especially when he adds the snow-white backup vocals of the Jack Halloran Singers to "Over the Rainbow" and "Ol' Man River." A number of the remaining cuts are pretty respectable, like the tight big band arrangement of "Ol' Man Time" and the ominously urbane "Where Can I Go?.”

Tracks 1-10 originally released in 1963 on ABC-Paramount (465). Tracks 11-14 originally released as various ABC-Paramount 45 RPM singles. Includes liner notes by Steve Hoffman and original release liner notes by Natt Hale. The first generation ABC-Paramount master mixes of INGREDIENTS IN A RECIPE FOR SOUL were used in the remastering of this 24kt gold compact disc. This disc combines the two classic Ray Charles albums that were drawn from a stellar series of 1963-'64 sessions. The two albums are rather diametrically opposed; INGREDIENTS IN A RECIPE FOR SOUL is full of bluesy, lonesome laments, while the aptly titled HAVE A SMILE WITH ME concentrates on Charles' more light-hearted material. It's striking to realize both were drawn from the same sessions, but the two extremes balance each other quite nicely. The Harlan Howard-penned opener "Busted" picks up where Charles' groundbreaking 1962 country album left off. The tune, a soulful transformation of country, was a huge hit for Charles. He digs deep into a seemingly bottomless inner well of sorrow for the quietly despairing "Born to be Blue" and brings out the inherent melancholy in "Over the Rainbow." HAVE A SMILE shifts the mood radically, starting with the brassy exultation of "Smack Dab in the Middle" and continuing along with the slyly lusty "I Never See Maggie Alone" and the downright bizarre "The Man with the Weird Beard." This indispensable disc succinctly captures two very different but equally important sides of Charles' musical personality.

GOLD CD - DCC RECORDINGS // ABC series CD item - this item is FACTORY SEALED and in MINT condition
GOLD CD was made in JAPAN
GOLD CD pressing is in STEREO
GOLD CD pressed and Issued by DCC RECORDINGS under license from ABC
GOLD CD issued in: 1992
GOLD CD Record Catalog Number: GZS 1027

Featured on this GOLD CD -

RAY CHARLES

Performers on this disc include -
Ray Charles, piano, vocals
The Ray Charles Big Band
The Jack Halloran Singers
The Raelets
Margie Hendrix, background vocals

GOLD CD Title -
INGREDIENTS IN A RECIPE FOR SOUL

Track Listings -
1. Busted
2. Where Can I Go?
3. Born to Be Blue
4. That Lucky Old Sun
5. Ol' Man River
6. In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
7. Stranger in Town, A
8. Ol' Man Time
9. Over the Rainbow
10. You'll Never Walk Alone
11. Something's Wrong - (bonus track)
12. Brightest Smile in Town, The - (bonus track)
13. Worried Life Blues - (bonus track)
14. My Baby

CONDITION Details:
The GOLD CD is from the very rare DCC Recordings series of audiophile CD titles.

GOLD CD re-mastered by Steve Hoffman
Pictures with this listing are of the actual item
Jewel Case IS the original flip up type
This item DOES come with the paper outer slip cover - it is complete and near perfect.
The original LP was issued on the ABC record label, in 1963

The GOLD CD, Jewel Case and INSERTS are all in MINT condition. The CD is actually FACTORY SEALED!!

The GOLD CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: DCC GOLD CD GZS 1027 SS
  • Manufacturer: DCC - Digital Compact Classics Recordings
  • Condition: New

DCC GOLD CD GZS 1027: RAY CHARLES - Recipe For Soul, 1992 JPN SS

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