Ray Charles - Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters (2010) HDtracks

Ray Charles - Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters (2010) HDtracks

Artist: Ray Charles
Title: Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters
Year Of Release: 2010-10-25
Label: Concord Records
Genre: Early R&B, Urban Blues, Progressive Country, Jazz, Soul/Funk
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24bit/96kHz]
Total Time: 41:44
Total Size: 851,96 Mb (Digital Booklet)

There can be no doubt about the excitement producer John Burk felt when going through Ray Charles' studio vault and discovering hundreds of unreleased songs. Burk, who produced Charles' final studio album, Genius Loves Company, narrowed the massive selection down to nine songs from there, along with one additional track he licensed from Sony. He assembled the album from material recorded between the '70s and the '90s, trying to assemble the flow of an actual album using genuinely unreleased tunes. Many of them were in various stages of completion; some were merely sketch demos. Burk did what has become de rigueur in the 21st century: he added studio players to complete "unfinished" tracks. Depending on your historical point of view, this can be problematic: would it have been better to simply present the songs as they were? Perhaps. That said, what is here is tastefully done and feels at least somewhat organic. He respectfully treated the source material as economically as possible. This was made easier because Charles' singing -- even on the demos -- is top grade. "Love's Gonna Bite You Back" from 1980 weaves soul, gospel, and jazz in a moving arrangement with a full original studio band including horns and strings. "It Hurts to Be in Love," from the same period, is a nocturnal soul-blues with strings; with Charles on Rhodes, and the band tight, bright, bold, and untouched. "The Wheel of Fortune" from a 1972 session features studio horns, strings, and Charles' voice and smoking piano; Burk added Chuck Berghofer's upright bass and Greg Field's drums to finish the cut beautifully. "I'm Gonna Keep on Singin'" is a finished track; nothing was added. It features killer vibes work and the Raylettes and it's pure Charles' R&B. "Isn't It Wonderful" is the sexiest cut on the set, with Larry Goldings and others filling it out naturally. Problems arise with the skeletal blues demo, "There'll Be Some Changes Made," where added musicians including Keb' Mo''s guitar and Bobby Sparks' organ create a distance between the emotion in the vocal and the slicker accompaniment. The same feeling pervades "I Don't Want No One Else But You," where a larger studio band recorded over Charles' own; it's too polished to feel natural. The set closes dramatically with a soulful reading of Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me Lord" as Charles plays a funky electric piano and sings gospelized backup to Johnny Cash's lead vocals. This wasn't in Charles' vault, but it belongs here. While there are some aesthetic and historical issues with this type of recording (perhaps there should have been a bonus disc of the original tracks), Burk did an admirable job of presenting Charles as the genius he was; giving fans a solid set of new performances. ~Review by Thom Jurek~
Release of this album: 2010, October, 25 [CD Concord Records, Cat.# 08880722321960, EU]
Release of this HDtracks edition: 2010 [Label: Concord Records]
This compilation (p)(c) 2010 The Ray Charles Foundation under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Ltd.
Keyboards – Ray Charles
Piano – Ray Charles
Producer – John Burk, Ray Charles
Vocals – Ray Charles

01. Love’s Gonna Bite You Back (03:55)
02. It Hurts to Be In Love (04:54)
03. Wheel of Fortune (04:01)
04. I’m Gonna Keep On Singin’ (05:31)
05. There’ll Be Some Changes Made (04:04)
06. Isn’t It Wonderful (04:13)
07. I Don’t Want No One But You (04:20)
08. A Little Bitty Tear (03:36)
09. She’s Gone (03:12)
10. Why Me Lord? (03:58)
Analyzed: Ray Charles / Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters
DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR10 -0.18 dB -11.65 dB 3:55 01-Love's Gonna Bite You Back
DR10 -0.10 dB -13.71 dB 4:54 02-It Hurts to Be In Love
DR10 -0.10 dB -12.64 dB 4:01 03-Wheel of Fortune
DR11 -0.12 dB -13.57 dB 5:31 04-I'm Gonna Keep On Singin'
DR11 -0.13 dB -13.06 dB 4:04 05-There'll Be Some Changes Made
DR10 -0.10 dB -12.88 dB 4:13 06-Isn't It Wonderful
DR9 -0.22 dB -11.91 dB 4:20 07-I Don't Want No One But You
DR12 -0.27 dB -14.26 dB 3:36 08-A Little Bitty Tear
DR11 -0.10 dB -13.15 dB 3:12 09-She's Gone
DR11 -0.10 dB -13.96 dB 3:58 10-Why Me Lord?
Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR10
Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2914 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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