Analogue Productions – AAPP 385 – 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered By Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio – Pressed at QRP
ABC-PARAMOUNT ABCS 385 – Limited Edition
The Absolute Sound Super Disc List 2016 TAS Harry Pearson Super LP List
Whoa! Now we’re getting into the big leagues. Ray Charles, cut from the original three-track tapes, pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings. Yowsa! And not just any Ray Charles title, mind you. Ray Charles and Betty Carter!Analogue Productions has reissued a whole lot of classics – a whole lot – but there aren’t many of ’em that are a much bigger deal than this.
This is such a romantic album. Such a warm album. Such a rich album. And, ooh, the sound! Turn the lights down. Grab that special someone. Drop the needle. And as our Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions owner would say, “If nothing happens, don’t blame the record!”
Originally released in 1961 on ABC-Paramount, Ray Charles and Betty Carter features startling dynamics, with Marty Paich’s arrangements showcasing both punchy brass and lush strings. The showstopper, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” topped the R&B charts upon its release. And jazz singer Betty Carter’s vocal prowess shines on “Cocktails For Two” and “Alone Together.” Ray Charles has never sounded more romantic.
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