AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Pure Audiophile - PA-009 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Half Speed Mastering by Stan Ricker
Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
"I'm here to tell you that if you loved the CD, you'll absolutely flip over the LP. Dennis Cassidy of Pure Audiophile wisely chose this album for his latest release, and once again he had the wisdom to have it mastered by Stan Ricker, the best damn mastering engineer in the known or unknown universe...The LP bests the CD in almost every important way. For example, Norah Jones' voice on the first cut of the LP sounds more natural, seductive, and involving, capturing more of the subtlety, while eliminating the tizz and digitals of the CD...The collaboration with Willie Nelson on "It Was A Very Good Year" will send chills down your spine, especially considering that Ray passed away not long after this was recorded, and the song is about two aging gentlemen reminiscing about their lives. Willie's voice is recorded here in stark relief, perhaps the best I have ever heard it...Please support Pure Audiophile and buy this album. It's an absolute stunner, and is a tribute to everyone involved." Sound = 10/10; Performance = 10/10; Music = 10/10 - Dave Glackin, Positive Feedback Online,
This is the last studio album, the incomparable Ray Charles has completed before his death. Charles sings a dozen duets with a bewildering assortment of guest artists of almost every genre. "We cover everything," says Charles, "from country to rhythm 'n' blues, pop, rock and blues. I have never allowed myself to define and this plate expresses my sense of freedom from. A beautiful song is a beautiful song - and with so many good singers to sing is a gift of God. "
"Genius Loves Company" is a remarkable work in a distinguished career, Ray Charles is the last time heard in duet with Norah Jones, Elton John, Van Morrison, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, BB King, Gladys Knight and Johnny Mathis.
Stan Ricker has the coated foil in half-speed method of half-inch tape for Pure Audiophile with 30ips mastered.
Grammy Awards in 2005 for "Genius Loves Company":
Record Of The Year Album Of The Year Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Gospel Performance Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Best Surround Sound album
1. Here We Go Again - Norah Jones
2. Sweet Potato Pie - James Taylor
3. You Don’t Know Me - Diana Krall
4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Elton John
5. Fever - Natalie Cole
6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind - Bonnie Raitt
7. It Was A Very Good Year - Willie Nelson
8. Hey Girl - Michael McDonald
9. Sinner’s Prayer - B.B. King
10. Heaven Help Us All - Gladys Knight
11. Over The Rainbow - Johnny Mathis
12. Crazy Love - Van Morrison