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Ray Charles live in L.A. in 1964 recording due April 5 in expanded reissue

Ray Charles Live 1964 A recording of Ray Charles performing at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1964 will be issued on CD for the first time with the April 5 release of “Ray Charles Live in Concert.”

The original 12-song LP, which peaked at No. 80 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart in 1965, will be fleshed out with seven bonus tracks, including his rendition that night of “Georgia on My Mind,” which was left off the album.

Also on the singer, pianist and bandleader's set list at the Shrine were “I Got a Woman,” “One Mint Julep,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” "That Lucky Old Sun" and “What’d I Say.” The concert featured backing vocals by the Raelettes, and a big band including saxophonists David “Fathead” Newman, Hank Crawford and Leroy “Hog” Cooper as well as guitarist Sonny Forrest, drummer Wilbert Hogan and bassist Edgar Willis.

“He’d made his ascendance in the early ’60s, and he had the world at his feet by this time,” Chris Clough, Concord Music Group’s manager of catalog development and producer of this reissue, said in a statement announcing the project. “He’d basically invented soul, he’d done R&B, he’d conquered country and he was on his way to becoming an American icon.”

The set also will include extensive liner notes by roots music historian Bill Dahl.

-- Randy Lewis

Album cover for "Ray Charles Live in Concert" courtesy of Concord Music Group.

 
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