12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the final studio album completed shortly before his death, Genius Loves Company spans the many genres (soul, R&B, gospel, pop, country & western) Ray Charles mastered during his astounding half-century career. The album features a dozen duets where friends and admirers (from Elton John to Willie Nelson) complement Ray's soulful croon. Like Charles's ever-changing musical tastes, the song selections vary from contemporary to standard, with many of the tracks receiving large string and horn orchestrations, Among the stand-outs are the gospel classic "Heaven Help Us All" with Gladys Knight; "Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones; "You Don't Know Me" with Diana Krall; and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" with Bonnie Raitt). Other highlights include his and Van Morrison's take on "Crazy Love," and Ray's bluesy romp with B.B. King, "Sinner's Prayer." Though it may not be a definitive album, Genius Loves Company touches on all the hallmarks that made Ray Charles an American treasure.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the final studio album completed shortly before his death, Genius Loves Company spans the many genres (soul, R&B, gospel, pop, country & western) Ray Charles mastered during his astounding half-century career. The album features a dozen duets where friends and admirers (from Elton John to Willie Nelson) complement Ray's soulful croon. Like Charles's ever-changing musical tastes, the song selections vary from contemporary to standard, with many of the tracks receiving large string and horn orchestrations, Among the stand-outs are the gospel classic "Heaven Help Us All" with Gladys Knight; "Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones; "You Don't Know Me" with Diana Krall; and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" with Bonnie Raitt). Other highlights include his and Van Morrison's take on "Crazy Love," and Ray's bluesy romp with B.B. King, "Sinner's Prayer." Though it may not be a definitive album, Genius Loves Company touches on all the hallmarks that made Ray Charles an American treasure.

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