Genius Loves Company is great in stereo but it’s incredible in surround sound, the music opens up and the dynamic among the artists is more transparent, more alive. You hear Billy Preston’s Hammond B3 in its own channel. There is an eighty-piece orchestra, a gospel choir and a horn section. In surround sound you can hear each instrument. Because there is more space in a surround field, you can hear the trumpet and the trombone separately-with each instrument occupying its own space in stereo it’s all pressed together. In surround sound it’s larger-than-life. Genius Loves Company won eight Grammy Awards, joining the rarefied company of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Santana’s Superstition. It is the first winner of the "Best Surround Mix" Grammy, and it’s easy to understand why. In surround Sound you hear more character and passion. It allows you to explore the relationships between the artists. You really feel like you are in the company of Ray Charles. This SuperDisc also includes the original stereo recording for your CD player.
High-definition surround sound with "In the Band" surround feature experiences
Digital music files encoded with Dolby® music files that simulate surround sound through any pair of headphones
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Ray Charles truly gave back to the world of music. In his last album, a series of duets, aptly titled "Genius Loves Company", Charles and his collaborators give us that eclectic mix of styles he was known for.
There are a couple of tracks, recorded early in 2004, when Ray was ill, where his voice and manner are notably subdued. There are three miscalculations of the choice of songs that he made with his collaborator. There are the inevitable difficulties of harmonizing with Ray -- (a man who had a knack for never singing a song the way you expect someone to), and those come through in some of the duets, although most feature echo singing and response, and little harmony.
What a thrill to be asked to work with Ray on one of his previous hits....Gladys Knight is his featured partner in his gospel classic, "Heaven Help Us All". Backed by a choir, Ray and Gladys mix richly. Ray has several blues cuts on the CD -- the best of these is "Sinner's Prayer" with BB...
I've been listening to Ray Charles since I was about 15 years old, when I first heard "What'd I Say." His voice, the electric piano and the song were about the freshest things I had ever heard, and I immediately loved him. That love never ended.
While I reluctantly agree with a few other reviewers that Ray's voice on some of the tracks is not what it once was, he still is absolutely wonderful and Genius Loves Company is a must for long-time Ray Charles fans like me. The selection of stars with whom he sings duets is varied and interesting and the musicianship and arrangements on the CD are outstanding. Everyone will find a different track that they like best and will feel Ray is particularly good with one artist or another. But, while there are certain tracks that appeal most to me, I actually think they all are good and the guest artists all put in excellent performances -- seemingly a heartfelt tribute to Ray --one of the greatest ever.
It's a cliche to use the term "overproduced" in critiquing music, but that's the word that consistently comes to mind with many of the songs on "Genius Loves Company". To me, much of Ray Charles' catalog suffers from this- too many syrupy strings, horns and background singers. I don't have a problem with orchestrations- they work to great effect on old Capitol-era Sinatra records and the Ella Fitzgerald "Songbook" series- but they walk a fine line between sounding lush and overwrought. Sadly, many of the songs on this, Mr. Charles' final studio album, fall into the latter category. His voice and piano/keyboard playing are powerful enough by themselves, and don't need to be overshadowed by such sappy sounds that instantly make this brand new album sound terribly dated. That's been a complaint of mine about most of what I've ever heard from Ray Charles, and I'm disappointed that this CD is no exception.
To be fair, there are some true gems on this album. While some of...
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