More Music From Ray
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14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Wonderful CD/DVD for Fans New and Old Feb 01, 2005
By Dorrie Wheeler
The motion picture Ray brought the music of Ray Charles to a whole new audience who may have missed some of Ray Charles amazing music. With the exception of a few songs, the bulk of the music on More Music From Ray was originally recorded in the late 50's and 60's. The CD opens up with the song "Leave My Woman Alone." This early Ray Charles song songs great. Ray's voice was much higher and smooth in his early years. So initially upon listening to this song a new Ray Charles fan may find themselves wondering, "Is this really Ray Charles?" This song was originally recorded in August of 1956. The song is followed up by the bluesy song, "Lonely Avenue," which is another Ray Charles song from the late 50's.
Ray Charles was very much inspired by the blues and it's evident again in the song, "Losing Hand," where Ray laments that he gambled on love and lost. The CD becomes upbeat again with the song "I'm Moving On." It is with the early 60's recording you can hear that Ray's voice has began to change a little. Ray's music can just touch your soul and the song "The Danger Zone," is one of those that will put you in a real mellow mood. Some of the songs have such a long musical lead in, you will think that the entire song is instrumental and then Ray will come in singing, like on the song, "Makin' Whoopee."
More Music From Ray doesn't not include Ray's most popular songs like "Hit The Road Jack," but it does include other Ray Charles classics and his famous rendition of "America The Beautiful." For the other songs from the movie, check out the original soundtrack CD. The More Music From Ray CD booklet includes an introduction by the director of Ray Taylor Hackford. He gives background on why certain songs were re-recorded and shares some of his memories with working with Ray Charles.
There is new music on the CD too. There is a 2003 version of the Ray Charles song "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand," "Drown In My Own Tears/You Don't Know Me," and "Everyday I Have The Blues" which is a song by Chris Thomas King."
The More Music From Ray CD also comes with a special bonus DVD. The DVD features performances from the Rhino Home Video O-Genio.
More Music From Ray DVD List-
1. Don't Set Me Free
2. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
3. O-Genio Trailer
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Great Bargain, Great Tunes! Feb 09, 2005
By Nelson Aspen
Ray Charles's legendary genius continues to soar to even greater heights with the popularity of the award winning bio pic with Jamie Foxx. Here on this CD are a great collection of varied Charles hits and a bonus DVD sure to bring his many admirers much pleasure!
A great artist, lovingly remembered in this excellently produced package.
12 of 13 found the following review helpful:
More genius Feb 12, 2005
By Chris Salzer
If you liked the Ray! Soundtrack, then you can't go wrong with More Music From Ray. If the sensational movie is any indication, there are simply too many scintillating songs to put onto one CD. Alas, a 2nd volume was absolutely necessary to give us such indelible, yet more esoteric songs as Makin' Whoopee, Drifting Blues, and, of course, Let's Go Get Stoned.
The DVD is short, yet it's a throw-in seeing as you pay the price of a normal CD anyway. Also included but not listed is Track #17, a superb rendition of America the Beautiful.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
A Diamond In The Rough Jan 21, 2006
this second opus from the ray soundtrack is incredible just as the first one was. now to say that this isn't great then somebody lied to you jack. every song as in the first one gives you musical sketch of what type artist whom can cross genres at tap of his feet and easily make something happen. i actually love this cd better than the first one. (prolly cuz i got it in reverse order) so if you like the soundtrack, and loved the film then get this one as well. favorite tracks are:
leave my women alone
i believe to my soul
the danger zone
let's get stoned
Wonderful addition to the Original Soundtrack and Film Jun 12, 2012
More Music from Ray, really completes the general mode one is looking to recreate from the movie. While the Original Soundtrack included the very well known tracks used in the film, More Music brings to light tracks the movie used to set the mood of the film but not necessarily performed in the film. It would have been nice to have tracks sung by Jamie Fox during the Rocking Chair scenes of the movie, but that's just one slight gripe on otherwise flawless soundtrack.
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