FORMAT: NTSC REGION: ALL REGIONS.
COLOUR RUNNING TIME: 55 MINS.
REVIEW: The amazing Ray Charles – in a series of sizzling live performances drawn from various stages of his astonishing career. While these performances showcase many of the best-loved Ray Charles hits – “Let The Good Times Roll”, “Mess Around”, “What’d I Say”, “I Got A Woman” and so many others, there is nothing too familiar about any of these renditions. Ray’s vocals are passionate, spontaneous and joyful.
Extended arrangements showcase the greatest sidemen and soloists, the interplay between Ray and his bands (and in some cases The Raelettes) is always dramatic and intense.
From early stardom represented by the rocking Ed Sullivan performance of “What’d I Say”, to the huge concert-hall audiences going crazy for “Mess Around”, to a meeting with giants Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis on the Hank Williams classic “Jambalaya”, these amazing performances remind us of the charisma, brilliance and sheer musicality of Ray Charles. Whilst the quality of some of the clips included are not optimum we get a chance to see Brother Ray at his brilliant best. GOOD ***
FEATURED PERFORMANCES: Let The Good Times Roll / Mess Around / What’d I Say / Then We’ll Be Home / I Got A Woman (with Ron Wood) / A Fool For You / Busted / Since You’ve Been Gone (with Ron Wood) / Mississippi Mud / Lewis Boogie (with Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Wood) / Just For The Thrill / Jambalaya (with Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Wood) / You Made Me Love You / Swanee River Rock (with Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Wood).